Negotiations have been relatively non-existent throughout the NHL lockout, with the sides rarely requesting meetings. The NHL Players' Association expressed a desire to talk Tuesday night, but the league swiftly denied it.
“They have indicated a willingness to meet, but they also told us they had very little interest in the proposal we tabled last Tuesday,” Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told the Canadian Press. “[They] also said they weren’t making a new proposal. What would we be meeting about?”
The union informed the league it was willing to meet today "or any other date, without preconditions, to try to reach an agreement," according to spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon.
"The league is apparently unwilling to meet," NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr said. "That is unfortunate, as it is hard to make progress without talking."
In presenting its proposal last week, the league said a new collective bargaining agreement would need to be completed by Thursday in order to conduct a full 82-game season. With no talks scheduled, it's unlikely to happen.
The league has canceled all games through Nov. 1, and a much larger chunk could be whacked this week.