Hockey: NHL, union likely to return to table Monday
By Staff Reports
Monday, December 31, 2012
The NHL and the players' association are ready to get back to the bargaining table.
There were no formal negotiations Sunday, but all signs pointed to talks on Monday in an effort to end the lockout and save the season.
"The plan is for the sides to meet tomorrow," the union said in a statement Sunday.
Those would be the first negotiations since the sides met with a federal mediator Dec. 13.
All games through Jan. 14 have been canceled, claiming more than 50 percent of the original schedule. The NHL wants to reach a deal by Jan. 11 and open the season Jan. 19, with a 48-game schedule.