Representatives of the NHL and the players’ association are scheduled to meet Monday in New York, though they won’t get together before late afternoon or early evening Eastern time.
Each side is expected to have large contingents at the discussions, with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman leading the league’s side and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr leading the players’ delegation.
They haven't held formal negotiations in more than a week, and Bettman had suggested they take a two-week break. But the NHLPA contacted the league and set up the meeting. “Union’s invite, union’s agenda,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday. “Hopefully, they have something good to tell us.”
In the meantime, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White called Bettman "an idiot," and Bettman took to the offensive about a Philadelphia Daily News story that suggested powerful Flyers owner Ed Snider might be eager to break ranks and make a deal. Bettman called the story “a fabrication,” but the newspaper stood by its story.