Lengthy NHL meeting a start

The soonest the NHL regular season can begin is December 1. (Kathy Willens/AP)

Representatives from the NHL and the NHL Players' Association met all night Saturday and didn't end their session until 1 a.m. They didn't come close to a settlement in the nasty labor dispute, but, hey, at least they are negotiating.


It was their first face-to-face meeting in 16 days. Another meeting will reportedly take place Tuesday in New York City.

Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner, and Steve Fehr, special counsel for the NHLPA, were at Saturday's lengthy meeting.

Daly said there was "a series of meetings" that produced "good, frank talk" on the core issues.

The lockout started on Sept. 15, and the NHL has canceled games through Nov. 30.

If a new collective bargaining agreement is in place and the season starts on Dec. 1, a 64-game season against conference rivals is possible -- with teams playing six times against division opponents, and four times against the others.

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