NEW YORK (AP) -- The next set of NHL labor negotiations were expected to get going later Thursday, but internal conversations by the players kept the sides apart by mid-afternoon.
Owners and players were in touch with each other Thursday and made tentative plans to reconvene at some point in the afternoon.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said after marathon talks ended shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday that the league would wait to hear from the union regarding "some critical open issues" before getting back to the bargaining table.
When the sides do resume negotiations, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and union executive director Donald Fehr could rejoin the process after sitting out the previous two days.
After an optimistic feeling following long talks on Tuesday, the mood turned on Wednesday. Gone was some of the lightheartedness and positive vibes expressed earlier in the week and there were no joint statements by the two sides.
In fact, the union wanted federal med...