If the first bargaining session in eight days between the NHL and the players' association made any headway, neither side tipped its hand.
A large contingent of players got together with league leadership in New York on Monday night and met for less than two hours. Not a whole lot was accomplished on the road to a new agreement that could get the hockey season going, but at least there was optimism that the sides would get together again — probably as soon as Tuesday.
The league contends that it is waiting for the players to present a full proposal on all of the major issues — including core economics and player contracting, which deals with the entry-level system, arbitration and free agency. After the request was made, the players' association asked for a break and the meeting adjourned soon after.
The Angels have intensified their pursuit of Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, who toured Angel Stadium on Saturday and went out to lunch with General Manager Jerry Dipoto and Manager Mike Scioscia.