NHL, NHLPA won’t meet on Saturday

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After meeting twice on Friday, the NHL and players’ union will not resume their talks today, according to Pierre LeBrun. The two sides might “touch base” on Sunday.

Details regarding yesterday’s informal talks are scarce, but Minnesota Wild forward Zenon Konopka attended the meetings and is “cautiously optimistic.”

All the same, the current CBA is set to expire in a week. If the two sides can not reach an agreement before that happens, then the NHL will presumably lock out the players.

It’s worth noting that after talks broke down last week, TSN’s Darren Dreger predicted that “the real negotiating won’t start for either the NHL or PA until or around Sept 10.”

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