Meetings not on NHL, union agendas

| Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, 4:04 p.m.

Doubt and pessimism dominated Monday, a fourth consecutive day that passed without the resumption of labor negotiations between the NHL and its union.

No meetings were scheduled for this week, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email.

He could not say when a meeting or meetings must resume this week for the NHL to make good on its proposal to open training camps Friday.

“I suppose it would depend entirely on how the talks were,” Daly said.

The lockout, enacted by owners when the last labor agreement expired, hits Day 38 on Tuesday.

The latest proposals from the NHL and its Players' Association each have called for 50/50 splits of revenue, but the sides remain divided on the time frame for implementation of that ratio and the method for payment on current, guaranteed contracts.

Five Penguins players attended a workout session Monday at Southpointe, the smallest group at those organized activities since the lockout began Sept. 15.

Forwards Matt Cooke and Joe Vitale and defensemen Matt Niskanen and Ben Lovejoy joined team union rep Craig Adams on the ice.

Cooke said center Sidney Crosby and winger Chris Kunitz — normally regulars at the sessions — joined a group of about 25 other NHL players, including James Neal of the Penguins, for a week of training in Plano, Texas.

Cooke and Adams each said they did not expect the union and the NHL to finalize a deal this week. However, both players said they believed a full schedule could be played even if regular-season games did not begin Nov. 2.

Note: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and recorded three assists in Metallurg Magnitogorsk's 5-2 victory over Dinamo Minsk on Monday. Malkin has recorded five goals and 16 points in 13 Kontinental Hockey League games.

Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 412-380-5635.

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