NEW YORK -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made a brief statement after the league's Board of Governors met Wednesday, but he gave no indication if Tuesday's labor talks between players and owners -- and another session on Wednesday -- had made it more likely that a season-saving agreement could soon result.
"We just completed a two-hour Board of Governors meeting, which was basically an update," Bettman said. "We are pleased with the process that is ongoing, and out of respect for that process, I don't have anything else to say and I’m not going to take any questions.
See you later.”
The governors usually meet this time of year, though usually in a warmer and more luxurious setting. The board has the power to ratify rules and approve or reject a new collective bargaining agreement.
The same six owners and 18 players who appeared to make some progress after meeting twice on Tuesday were due to convene again Wednesday afternoon. Each side caucused separately Wednesday morning. Bettman and his NHL Players' Assn. counterpart, Donald Fehr, were not expected to participate in the meetings.