labor battle between the NHL and Players' Association reportedly moved in a positive direction over the weekend. Multiple outlets are reporting the two sides met at an undisclosed location on Saturday and gained "traction" towards an agreement.
Prior to Saturday's talks, the two sides hadn't met in two weeks. The meeting came 24 hours after the league cancelled the Winter Classic that had been scheduled for January First at Michigan Stadium between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs. ESPN is reporting the two sides are set to meet again tomorrow in New York. The lockout has already cost the league a chance at a full 82-game season. Games through the month of November have already been cancelled as the work stoppage reached its 50th day Sunday. The optimism from the weekend meetings and progress could pave the way for a shortened 64-game schedule.