The National Hockey League lockout concluded its third full month with no negotiations between the subcommittees representing the team owners and the National Hockey League Players Association.
“Don’t read anything into that,” said someone with knowledge of the bargaining, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “The talks will resume at noon (today).”
Jeff Pash and Brian Burke, two senior vice presidents who are lawyers, are expected to represent the NHL. John McCambridge and Bob Riley, also lawyers, are expected to represent the union. The site was not disclosed. Both sides have agreed to a news media blackout on the details.
If the small groups can agree on the framework of a collective bargaining agreement, it is possible that the talks could soon include Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, and Bob Goodenow, executive director of the NHLPA. Late last week, Bettman told the players that the season would have to begin on Jan. 16 if it is to include 50 regular games plus four full rounds of playoffs.