With the lockout lingering into another week, the NHL labor talks are set to resume Tuesday with six owners and six players scheduled to meet while a couple of key figures remain on the sidelines of the negotiations.
With no negotiations scheduled, and overall communication shutting down, too, the NHL appears to be getting close to calling off more games, putting the entire hockey season in jeopardy.
A possible breakthrough with American Airlines and its pilots union. The Allied Pilots Association says it will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday to formally consider whether to re-open contract negotiations.
Only 25 days remain before the current deal expires on Sept. 15, when the NHL has warned it will lock out its players.
Both sides are unable to even agree on the core issues that need to be addressed, a sense of uneasiness has suddenly enveloped the talks.
The NHL Players union is still poring over 76,000 pages of financial information the NHL provided last week.
Two people familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Friday that the sides will resume negotiations early next week at an undisclosed site. The lockout is deep into its fourth month, and this will be the fifth set of “secret” meetings.