From Comcast SportsNetTORONTO (AP) -- The NHL and its players' union are to resume bargaining Friday for the first time since the lockout began, although the talks will concentrate on secondary economic issues.Deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHL Players' Association special counsel Steve Fehr met Tuesday in Toronto and set up the session, which will be in New York. These will be the first formal negotiations since Sept. 12, when the players and owners exchanged proposals.The lockout started Sept. 16, when training camps were to open. This is the third lockout since Gary Bettman became commissioner in 1993. The last lockout wiped out the 2004-05 season and ended when players accepted a salary cap.With the league and union far apart on money, both sides decided to discuss other economic issues that also are necessary for an agreement. Fehr said the topics will include pension and medical plans, schedule rules, drug testing and the grievance procedure.Top officials from the NHL and NHLPA met Monday to review last season's economics and complete escrow payments due players. The labor contract was not discussed."Obviously, we've got to talk before you can get a deal, so I think it's important to get the talks going again," Daly said Monday. "But you also have to have something to say. I think it's fair to say we feel like we need to hear from the players' association in a meaningful way because I don't think that they've really moved off their initial proposal, which was made more than a month ago now."The St. Louis Blues laid off what is believed to just under 20 front-office workers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday. The Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators already have had layoffs. Other teams have said they could do so depending on how long the lockout lasts.It took three months for the NHL and NHLPA to resume bargaining after the lockout began in 2004. Since this lockout started a handful of players have expressed concern that it could last the entire season. Detroit Red Wings forward Danny Cleary said Monday he was "just trying to be realistic."The NHL has 3.3 billion in annual revenue. The league wants to reduce the players' share of hockey related revenue from 57 percent to a range between 49 percent and 47 percent, up from 43 percent in its original proposal. Players think management's alleged financial problems could be addressed by re-examining the teams' revenue-sharing formula.
Two things had to happen for the Nationals to clinch the NL East title Saturday night. They had to beat the Pirates, and the Mets had to lose to the Phillies.
Both of those things happened, and the Nats wasted no time getting the celebration going.
And they kept it going.
Just keep swimming ...— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 25, 2016
Just keep swimming ...
Just keep swimming ... pic.twitter.com/6U2tpuZmeC
"We drink from the keg of glory, Donna. Bring us the finest muffins and bagels in all the land." pic.twitter.com/1M9u9OUPCI— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 25, 2016
Bryce Harper sported a Katie Ledecky swim cap to protect his flow from the flying liquid.
Save water, shower in 🍾. pic.twitter.com/PxwrkwKt0l— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 25, 2016
Then the team left the clubhouse, apparently to go roam Pittsburgh and find some Nats fans to celebrate with.
Bryce Harper always talks about loving Washington, D.C. and after winning another NL East crown, he honored one of the local legends from the Rio games.
Bryce with the Katie Ledecky swim cap pic.twitter.com/0qUGZHNRFh— Joseph Seib (@seibj10) September 25, 2016
Katie Ledecky was one of the stars of the Olympics and the Bethesda resident appears to have given Harper a swimcap to celebrate clinching the NL East.
She reached out to Harper on twitter and appreciated the MVP sporting the swim cap.