Players reach out, owners pull away
NEW YORK - The NHL Players Association has notified the league that it's ready to return to the bargaining table as early as today in an effort to save a full schedule. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly quickly told the union to forget it.
Daly told The Associated Press he didn't anticipate any negotiations taking place for the balance of the week, saying the union has rejected the proposal management made last week and is not offering another one.
The league set an Oct. 25 deadline for the two sides to work out a new collective bargaining agreement before the NHL cancels regular-season games for good.