Even after three days of collective bargaining negotiations between the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association this week, the NHLPA feels there is no new news to update its membership with and has cancelled a meeting set for later this month.
“In early April, when we set the May 24-26 meeting dates, we thought these dates would work well to allow both North American and European based players to get together,” NHLPA president Trevor Linden said in a statement. “Since our late-February meeting with 156 players in Toronto, we decided there is not sufficient new information to justify another meeting at this time.”
With many NHLPA members spending the 2004-05 season in Europe, this was to be the first membership meeting including all 700 players.
The league and the union met on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, with more meetings scheduled for next week.