NHL, NHLPA reportedly in contact again

The NHL and NHLPA made direct contact with each other Saturday for the first time since talks broke off several days ago, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

The NHL’s deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who made some waves this week when he publically stated that there will be an NHL season this year, and NHLPA’s special counsel Steve Fehr were the two to have reportedly reached out to each other via telephone.

While Shannon cautioned that the likelihood of either side meeting before Christmas is small, the possibility of talks formally resuming between the two sides as early as Dec. 26 or 27 shouldn’t come as a surprise.

On Thursday, the NHL axed two more weeks’ worth of games through Jan. 14.

It is largely expected that this will be the last round of cancellations before the league is forced to cancel the entire season for the second time in seven years if an agreement isn’t reached before then.