The NHL lockout is getting worse. The league says it is so frustrated by talks with the NHL Players’ Association that it wants to put an official halt on negotiations.
The league asked union officials for a two-week moratorium on negotiations Thursday, according to multiple reports. The sides haven’t talked since Sunday after falling further apart on various collective bargaining issues.
“We are extremely disappointed in where we and the players find ourselves," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told TSN.ca. "From our perspective, we have made repeated moves in the players' direction with absolutely no reciprocation. Unfortunately, we have determined we are involved with union leadership that has no genuine interest in reaching an agreement. Regardless of what we propose or how we suggest to compromise the answer is ‘no.’
“At some point you just have to say ‘enough is enough.’”
NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr reportedly will take the league’s moratorium request to the players today before responding.
The league has already canceled all games through November, and the window to avoid further cancellations is rapidly closing. In order to start the season Dec. 1, a date that would include seven days of training camp, a new CBA needs to be completed by next Friday.
The sides talked extensively last week, meeting nearly every day. But tempers flared as the weekend approached and negotiations ground to a halt.
“I'm more discouraged now than I have been at any point in the process,” Daly told the Canadian Press.