Saturday, Sept. 15, came and passed without a new collective bargaining agreement between the players and the owners and, as they threatened to do, the NHL locked out the players. The lockout will be in effect until a new deal is reached.
The last time the two sides sat down together to negotiate was on Wednesday when both sides presented the other with a new proposal. Neither side thought the proposal was original enough. No new talks have been scheduled, but that can change with one phone call. Before Saturday's lockout, Gary Bettman said the owners 'unanimously' supported the locking out of players if necessary.
The NHL issued the following statement on the lockout:
"Despite the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the National Hockey League has been, and remains, committed to negotiating around the clock to reach a new CBA that is fair to the Players and to the 30 NHL teams.