NHL, union complete second talks of the day

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The NHL and players’ union met informally for over two hours Friday morning. The two sides were tight-lipped following the exchange, but they decided to meet again Friday evening.

That meeting has ended too and again details were scarce, but Darren Dreger termed the negotiations as “good” and “candid.”

Either way, it looks like we’ll have to wait until Saturday to find out when/if the two sides will meet again, according to John Shannon.

The lack of details isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It could mean that the NHLPA and NHL are focused on negotiating behind closed doors rather than through the media.

“It’s good sign that we’re sitting in the same room,” Minnesota’s Zenon Konopka said, according to Michael Russo, after attending Friday’s meetings. “That can be taken as positive. We’re doing everything we can to get deal done”

The current CBA is set to expire on Sept. 15, so the two sides have a little over the week to come to an agreement if they want to avoid a potential lockout.