NEW YORK (AP) _ The NHL appears headed for its fourth work stoppage since 1992.
The collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players expires at midnight Eastern time, but at the moment, there are no formal talks scheduled. If no deal is reached, Commissioner Gary Bettman says the owners will impose a lockout.
Players say they’re disappointed at the prospect of a delayed season. But Florida Panthers player representative Mike Weaver says, “It’s their decision,” adding “When that padlock comes out, it’s pretty much Bettman’s decision on there.”
Others are expressing optimism that even if there is a lockout, it won’t be a long one.