One day after the NHL delivered a hit to players’ wallets by canceling the first two weeks of the schedule, the top leaders of the league and the players’ union met in Toronto on Friday to discuss where they are in their dispute.
At least they’re talking. But the question is whether they can have substantive and continuing negotiations and find a way to resolve the economic roadblocks that jeopardize the season and lift the lockout imposed by the NHL on Sept. 15.
The league was represented by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. Don Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players’ Assn., and his brother, Steve, the union’s special counsel, represented the players.
Asked to characterize what occurred, Daly said via email: “A general discussion of where we were in the process and how we might be able to move the process forward. Plan to touch base by phone over the weekend. Nothing more to report for now.”