NHL and NHLPA continue negotiations

  • The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) continued overnight negotiations on Saturday as both sides worked towards a new collective bargaining agreement.

    Each side first met separately with a federal mediator on Friday and into the evening.

    On Saturday afternoon, the two sides met face-to-face.

    According to the NHL, federal mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh worked with both groups on Saturday morning prior to the face-to-face meeting.

    NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said a regular season schedule of at least 48 games must begin by Janurary 19.

    The existing 2012-13 NHL schedule has already been canceled up until January 14.

    The NHL imposed a lockout, which halted all league operations, when the previous collective bargaining agreement expired in September with the owners and players at odds over how to split a $3.3 billion revenue pie.

    It marks the first time regular season action has been canceled since a lockout wiped out the entire 2004-05 season.