The NHL Players’ Association requested a meeting with the league Wednesday or at any point this week to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement. But NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email Tuesday night that there was still no such meeting scheduled.
“The Union made clear to us that they were not interested in the proposal we made to them last Tuesday,” Daly wrote. “They also indicated that they weren’t prepared to make a new proposal. I’m not sure what we would be meeting about.”
Commissioner Gary Bettman said last week there was a Thursday, Oct. 25 deadline to reach a new collective bargaining agreement in time to get in an 82-game season to end the NHL lockout.
The NHLPA’s executive committee held a conference call Tuesday and then asked for a meeting with the NHL with no “preconditions.” As of late Tuesday, the league had not responded to the players with an agreement to get together.
“The League is apparently unwilling to meet,” NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr said. “That is unfortunate as it is hard to make progress without talking.”
Wednesday morning, Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth wrote on Twitter: “Come on NHL!!”
The two sides exchanged proposals last week, with the end result being no deal and no scheduled talks. If there are negotiations this week to save a full season, they are expected to take place in New York.