The NHL says it has made a new contract offer to the players in an attempt to end the lockout and save the season.
The NHL and the NHLPA met with federal mediators for a second straight day Thursday, but the meetings apparently were unproductive again.
This time – whenever the lockout ends – the league might be all out of tricks. They’ll need to dig. And it could take years to recover from the wreckage.
A person familiar with the decision says the NHL has canceled all games through Dec. 30.
The NHL rejected the most recent offer from players for a collective bargaining agreement on Thursday, causing talks between the two sides to be suspended indefinitely.
Expectations for Tuesday’s meeting involving a select group of owners and players were low, and there was even a sense that perhaps the players would be in over their heads during the talks and that it would be a waste of everyone’s time.
With the lockout lingering into another week, the NHL labor talks are set to resume Tuesday with six owners and six players scheduled to meet while a couple of key figures remain on the sidelines of the negotiations.
The NHL and the NHLPA met with federal mediators for a second day on Thursday in an attempt to spur negotiations towards a new CBA, but the news was far from promising.
With the help of federal mediators, the NHL and the players’ association got back to bargaining Wednesday after a week apart.
Federal mediators are entering the stalled NHL labor talks, with the season’s first 2 1/2 months already lost because of the lockout.
The NHL is calling off all games through Dec. 14, plus the 2013 NHL All-Star Weekend scheduled for Jan. 26-27 in Columbus, Ohio.
Wednesday was the 67th day of the lockout. More than a quarter of the regular season already has been canceled.