NEW YORK (AP) - With only two days left to reach a deal before the NHL cancels regular-season games for good, the players' association has reached out to the league in an attempt to restart negotiations.
Following a call for the union's executive board Tuesday night, the players' association informed the NHL it is willing to meet on Wednesday "or any other date, without preconditions, to try to reach an agreement."
However, Canadian network TSN reached NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly who said he was told the NHLPA was not interested in working on the NHL's most recent proposal, or making a new proposal.
TSN quotes Daly as saying "I'm not sure what we would be meeting about." According to the report, he was also asked if he feared negotiations going into a deep freeze. Daly said "I'm afraid so... back to the drawing board. Unfortunate."
In its most recent offer to the players last week, the NHL said a new collective bargaining agreement must be reached by Thursday in order for a full regular season of 82 games per team to be played. The sides haven't met since the NHL turned down three counterproposals from the union on Thursday.