The NHL's collective bargaining talks are set to restart with a session that is likely to run through the weekend.
And with the league announcing the cancellation of the remainder of the pre-season on Thursday, negotiations will have to pick up steam to prevent the loss of meaningful games.
The league and NHL Players' Association have blocked off Friday, Saturday and Sunday for meetings in New York after spending more than two weeks away from the bargaining table.
The talks resume with the scheduled Oct. 11 start to the regular season drawing near. A deal would likely have to be struck by the middle of next week in order for the league to avoid the cancellation of games that count in the standings.
The NHL and NHLPA last met for formal negotiations on Sept. 12 — three days before the lockout was enacted — and exchanged proposals on the economics that govern the sport. Both of those offers have since expired.
As part of their decision to resume negotiations, the sides agreed to revisit the secondary issues that will have to be ironed out in the new CBA. Those include, but aren't limited to, grievance procedures, travel, medical care, and pensions and benefits.