Stop the presses. The NHL and NHLPA were back in contact on Saturday, at least reopening the conversation that had been silent for almost a week.
According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, the brokers of conversation on each side — Bill Daly for the NHL and Steve Fehr for the union — picked up their phones and spoke to each other. Perhaps it was just to wish the other a Merry Christmas, but we’ve got higher hopes than that.
Really, the question that everybody wants to know now is whether that means actual negotiations will resume in the near future. After all, the league just canceled all games through Jan. 14 and the next round of cancellations figures to be the big haircut, not just a trim.