The NHL and NHL Players' Association will meet in Toronto on Tuesday to resume negotiations toward an extension of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
It will be the first time the sides have conducted formal negotiations since September, when each agreed to waive the right to reopen negotiations after this season, thereby keeping the current agreement in effect through the 2021-22 NHL season.
"As [Commissioner Gary Bettman] alluded to at his press conference in St. Louis (at 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend), we kind of took a breather after neither side determined to reopen, more at the initiation of the Players' Association than our initiation," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday. "But I think given the extended time period, I think [NHLPA executive director] Don Fehr wanted to take the chance to take the pulse of his membership again in terms of what issues are important to them and hopefully how to approach reengaging with us and ultimately agreeing on an extension."
Deputy Commissioner Daly said the NHL and NHLPA engaged in intensive discussions over the course of the summer that likely played a significant role in the determination to allow the current agreement to continue beyond this season.