The NHL and the NHL Players Assocation are meeting in New York on Friday at the bargaining table for the fourth day in a row.
The continued talks between the owners and players assocation suggests optimism, but those involved describe the process as slow and laboured. Rumours have it that Friday’s meeting will determine the fate for the rest of the season but both sides are not saying much at this point.
The Hockey Hall of Fame inductions will be happening Monday with superstars Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic, Adam Oates and Pavel Bure being inducted.
However, Jim Lang with Sportsnet The Fan 590 said that unfortunately this will all happen under the shadow of the lockout.
“You’re going to talk to all these gentleman and ask them about their career, playing in the NHL, ‘what’s it like to be a Hall of Famer, and oh by the way, what do you think of the lockout?’ To me, that’s a bit of a shame that they have to talk about the lockout when they’re trying to celebrate a combination of their life’s work,” Lang said.
The lockout is in its 55th day and a total of 327 games have been cancelled so far, including the Winter Classic.