League to players: today's the day
Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the NHL, speaks with reporters following talks with the NHLPA in Toronto on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. (Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Thursday, October 25, 2012 7:15AM EDT
The N-H-L lockout is at a major juncture.
Commissioner Gary Bettman says if an agreement is not reached with the players today, there's no way to salvage a regular 82-game schedule plus playoffs.
It appears that's exactly what will happen because no talks are scheduled between the league and the player's union.
The union invited the league to re-open talks on Tuesday night.
However, the league declined because the union said it wasn't prepared to make a new offer.
All regular-season games to November 1st have been cancelled -- a total of 135 games.
In New York yesterday, Bettman said there are times during collective bargaining when both sides have to take some time off because nothing can be done to move things forward.
And, Bettman says this is one of those times.