Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players Association, and his brother Steve, the union's special counsel, were expected in New York Tuesday for a face-to-face session with league officials, the Toronto Star reported.
The NHLPA negotiation committee was also set to conduct an internal conference call Monday in the run-up to the New York session, ESPN reported, citing unnamed sources.
The activity comes after the union and NHL officials met face-to-face Saturday for the first time since talks to hammer out a collective bargaining agreement broke off last month, resulting in an owners' lockout.
"I think that's the first positive sign that there's some movement towards trying to find a solution, that maybe something could be done without costing the season," Buzz Hargrove, former president of the Canadian Auto Workers and ex-ombudsman of the NHLPA, told the Star.
The lockout has prompted the NHL to cancel all 2012-13 regular season through Nov. 30 as well as the NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
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