Report: NHL labour talks to resume Wednesday

The National Hockey League and the Players’ Association are set to resume labour negotiations this week.

According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, a tentative agreement has been reached between the two sides to meet on Wednesday, with a location yet to be announced.

On Monday, the 86th day of the lockout, the NHL cancelled all scheduled games through December 30, bringing the total to 526 regular-season games, or approximately 43 per cent of the schedule.

The earliest the season can now resume is New Year’s Eve, with 13 games currently on the original schedule.

Talks between the two sides broke off late on December 6 after the NHL rejected the players’ latest proposal. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special council Steve Fehr maintained contact over the weekend in an effort to get both sides back to the bargaining table.

With the latest set of cancellations, the players will lose two more paycheques, bringing the total number to six.

With files from the Canadian Press