Jonathan Toews believes the under-the-radar nature of the NHL and NHLPA's current negotiations bodes well for future labor peace.
"It's probably the way it should be, and I think that's probably a good sign that there is some mutual respect and both sides are trying to come to agreements," the Chicago Blackhawks captain said, according to The Associated Press' Stephen Whyno. "You have mutual dedication to keeping our game going down the same path and not disrupting that."
After meeting in New York last week, the two sides held discussions Monday and will meet again Tuesday, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.
The ongoing talks have produced little fanfare to this point, but NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr characterized the meetings as cordial and "free from rancor" last week.
The union has until Sunday to reopen the current CBA if it so chooses. Otherwise, the agreement will expire as scheduled Sept. 15, 2022.
On Aug. 30, the NHL decided not to exercise its own option to trigger an opt-out clause.