NHL: Labor talks resume Monday
NHL bargaining talks will resume Monday in New York City, the league told ESPN.
The two sides haven't met since Nov. 11 and exchanged harsh words during the past week.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHL Players' Association outside counsel Steve Fehr spoke Saturday to decide the next step in the labor logjam.
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"We can confirm that we have tentatively agreed to get back together on Monday, either late in the afternoon or early evening," Daly said. "The meeting was requested by the union and it's their agenda. We will see what they have to tell us."
Multiple sources told ESPN that commissioner Gary Bettman suggested Wednesday that the two sides take a two-week moratorium, as they remained divided on how to share revenue and player contract issues, as well as who should shoulder the financial burden of the losses incurred as a result of the lockout.
"I don't see the point behind that," Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said of the reprieve. "I know we want to negotiate."
Callahan called Bettman's suggestion of a two-week hiatus a "waste of time."
"It doesn't make sense to me," he said.
With scant optimism that a new collective bargaining agreement will be reached soon, reports surfaced Thursday that the next round of cancellations could be on the horizon.
The league already has been forced to cancel 327 regular-season games -- through Nov. 30 -- as well as the annual Winter Classic. There also has been speculation that the fate of the season may be in jeopardy soon.
Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang and The Associated Press was used in this report.