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Reports: Players vote 'yes' to allow NHLPA to file disclaimer of interest

NHL players have given union executives the green light to dissolve the NHL Players' Association, according to reports. There is no immediate word on whether they will.

During a five-day period that ended this afternoon, players reportedly voted overwhelmingly to allow the executive board to file a disclaimer of interest. That means the NHLPA would walk away from its role as the representative of the players, therefore leaving the NHL without a bargaining partner and open to antitrust lawsuits.

Union executives have until Jan. 2 to file the disclaimer.

In a pre-emptive strike to possible union dissolution, the league filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board last Friday and also filed a class action lawsuit to have the lockout declared legal.

The league has repeatedly expressed confidence that a court will find in its favor regarding the disclaimer of interest. NFL players lost a similar motion last year. NBA players also filed to dissolve their union last year, and they reached a collective bargaining agreement with the league 12 days later.

The NHL has canceled all games through Jan. 14, leaving the sides with about three weeks to secure a CBA or face cancellation of the entire season. No negotiations are scheduled.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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