Sunday, April 24, 2005

Focus on regularity

The current labour negotiations may be going international with the upcoming World Championships in picturesque Austria as the backdrop. -- In the absence of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the upcoming World Hockey Championships will do its best to fill the hockey void. But, even the international stage may not be able to escape the dark cloud of the NHL lockout.

Sources tell Sportsnet the NHL and NHLPA have tentatively agreed to meet twice per week starting May 2, and there is a good chance the two sides will meet in Austria while attending the worlds.

On Thursday, Bob Goodenow made a brief stop at NHL headquarters in New York, however nothing of substance was discussed.

The league did supply the union with a list of 13 potential meeting dates over a three week span. However, neither side could agree on a workable date for next week, so it appears, at best, almost two weeks will pass between formal negotiations

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