Bettman will­ing to meet when­ever union is ready

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

LAS VE­GAS | NHL com­mis­sioner Gary Bettman said Thurs­day he’s ready to meet with the play­ers union to ne­go­ti­ate a new con­tract, but it’s up to the union to de­cide when that might hap­pen.

Bettman said that the NHL Play­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion hasn’t yet in­di­cated that it’s ready.

“That’s some­thing that we’re re­ly­ing on the union for right now,” Bettman said of the tim­ing on talks. “We’ve been ready to go for months, but there’s a new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and he’s get­ting up to speed, meet­ing with his con­stituents, and when the union’s ready, then we’ll start.”

Don­ald Fehr, who pre­vi­ously led the union for Ma­jor League Base­ball play­ers, be­came ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the NHLPA in De­cem­ber 2010.

Union spokesman Jonathan Weather­don said in a state­ment that the union was meet­ing with play­ers to pre­pare for ne­go­ti­a­tions.

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