After two separate "informal" CBA discussions on Friday, the NHL and NHLPA have decided to not speak to each other on Saturday according to multiple reports, exactly one week before the current agreement is set to expire.
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It's possible they could meet again on Sunday.
There wasn't much to come out of Friday's meetings (each of them lasted around two hours) while union leader Donald Fehr said the sides were simply trying to "bridge the gap."
One of the players who sat in on Friday's talks was Minnesota Wild forward Zenon Konopka,and he told Josh Rimer later in the evening that he was "cautiously optimistic" after the sides met.
Before Friday, it had been a week since the sides last spoke.
"It was very educational," Konopka told Rimer. "We had an opportunity to explain our last offer and give Gary Bettman and Bill Daly a chance to elaborate on their offer. Hopefully, we found some common ground that we can build off of."
And hopefully it happens soon. This obviously could be a pretty important week if you're still holding out hope that the 2012-13 NHL season starts on time.