If a majority approves, as expected, the NHL will move one step closer toward the official end of the lockout.
The NHL shortened its 82-game slate to 48 games during the 1994-95 season after a 103-day lockout. A 301-day lockout in 2004-05 made the NHL the first major North American professional sports league to lose an entire season.
The sides were supposed to meet at the league office Thursday morning. That, however, did not happen. The Players Association said it was updating its members on negotiations.
The NHL players’ union presented a counteroffer to the league Monday in the latest attempt to resolve a lockout and start a shortened season.
The NFL Players Association’s claim of collusion by league owners has been rejected by the federal judge who has previously sided with the players.
Anticipating a possible antitrust suit, the NHL is bringing its labor fight against players to federal court.
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.
While thousands of employees for the now bankrupt Hostess Brands Inc. are being shown the door, executives with the company could soon be receiving close to $2 million in bonus pay.
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.
Wednesday was the 67th day of the lockout. More than a quarter of the regular season already has been canceled.
Both sides kept details of the meeting, which lasted over seven hours, close to the vest. That also could be taken as an optimistic sign that the second round of talks in four days went well.