NEW YORK — Day 1 of the NHL’s lockout of players began with a public relations offensive on the NHL website and the Internet sites of individual teams, but no talks were scheduled between representatives of the league and the players’ union.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said early Sunday afternoon that he expected to speak with NHL Players’ Assn. counsel Steve Fehr later in the day but that things would likely get quiet in the subsequent 24 to 48 hours because of the upcoming Jewish holidays. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, will be celebrated beginning Sunday at sundown.
The NHL posted a message that dominates its site. But while it praises the just-expired collective bargaining agreement for having promoted competitive balance, the NHL refused to keep operating under that labor deal while continuing negotiations.