Bettman willing to meet whenever union is ready
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.