The NHL and NHLPA plan to return to the bargaining table Friday in New York.

While it’s certainly not a bad sign that the two sides are willing to hold formal negotiations for the first time since Sept. 12, it’s unclear how much will be accomplished. Friday’s discussion is expected to center on matters other than core-economic issues, which are the main source of contention between the two sides in establishing a new collective bargaining agreement.

“We are resuming discussions on all of the other issues that need to be resolved in order for us to reach agreement,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Yahoo’s Nick Cotsonika. “We still need to hear from the PA on economic issues. They have been working off the same basic proposal since Aug. 14. We have made it abundantly clear to them that the proposal is unacceptable to us. We have made it abundantly clear to them that the proposal is unacceptable to us.”

The rest of the NHL’s preseason games are expected to be canceled by the end of the week and regular season games could be axed the following week if a deal is not reached. The regular season is scheduled to open Oct. 11, with the Capitals’ season opener slated for Oct. 12.

— The NHL may have locked out its players, but that doesn’t keep them from playing hockey.

Flyers Max Talbot and Bruno Gervais organized a series of charity games that will take place across Quebec dubbed ‘The Players’ Tour’. It will feature a varying group of players with ties to Quebec taking part in 5-on-5 no-contact exhibition contests. Among those taking part are Capitals Mathieu Perreault, a native of Drummondville, Quebec, and Roman Hamrlik, who has an offseason home in Montreal. (s/t Ben Raby)