NHL Owners Support Lockout
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman received a unanimous vote from owners Thursday in support of a league-imposed lockout should no deal be reached by midnight ET Saturday.
Bettman met with the board of governors here, and although he already had the authority to implement a work stoppage, his constituency stood behind the league’s position of a lockout.
The NHL and NHL Players’ Association traded proposals Wednesday but remain far apart on core economic concepts.
There are no further meetings scheduled in advance of Saturday, when the current collective bargaining agreement expires. But Bettman said the league is always receptive to continued dialogue with the union and is awaiting a response to its latest proposal.
Should the league impose a lockout, it would be the third work stoppage during Bettman’s tenure as commissioner. The league forfeited an entire season in 2004-05 during the last lockout.
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