Donald Fehr and the players’ association are ready to get back to the bargaining table at any moment. They are now just waiting for the NHL to feel the same way.
NHL players will begin voting Sunday on whether they will grant the players’ association’s executive board the authority to dissolve the union because of the inability to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the league.
The NHL and its locked-out players might turn up in a courtroom before they find their way back onto the ice.
Federal mediators are entering the stalled NHL labor talks, with the season’s first 2 1/2 months already lost because of the lockout.
Lawyers for players on the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames are trying to have the NHL lockout declared illegal under Alberta law.
With a Saturday night deadline looming; businesses in the area are bracing for a possible hockey lockout.