No talks in Day 2 of NHL’s lockout
Day 2 of the NHL lockout saw no changes from either side Monday, as talks between the league and the NHLPA remain unscheduled.
The NHL locked the players out over the weekend, when the collective bargaining agreement expired at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.
It’s the NHL’s fourth work stoppage in the last 20 years.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr have spoken informally since the lockout began, and may do so again today.
But nothing official will resume until at least Wednesday between Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.
The two sides haven’t met for face-to-face talks since last Wednesday.
Over the weekend, the league issued a statement to fans on its website that it was “committed to negotiating around the clock to reach a new CBA that is fair to the players and to the 30 NHL teams.”
The clock is ticking and there’s no new collective bargaining agreement in sight.
The league could start to announce this week the cancellation of preseason games and there’s little chance training camps will open on time.
The regular season is scheduled to begin Oct. 11, but that obviously is in peril.
“This is a time of year for all attention to be focused on the ice, not on a meeting room,” the league said. “The league, the clubs and the players all have a stake in resolving our bargaining issues appropriately and getting the puck dropped as soon as possible.
“We owe it to each other, to the game and, most of all, to the fans.”