(NEW YORK) — The NHL and the player’s association are finally getting back to the bargaining table.
After two weeks of no meetings, talks will resume Saturday afternoon in hopes of ending the lockout. The stoppage has already cancelled 327 games and the Winter Classic, which was to be played at the University of Michigan’s stadium on New Year’s Day.
The labor dispute started on Sept. 16, and officials have said there is already no hope for a full season. The talks between NHL deputy comissioner Bill Daly and player’s association special council Steve Fehr will try to salvage some of the season.
Despite the cancellelation of the league’s marquee event on Friday, the league didn’t expect other games to be axed just yet. “I don’t foresee any further cancellation announcements in the near term,” Daly wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Friday.
The last NHL lockout resulted in the entire 2004-05 season being wiped out.
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