TORONTO -- NHL players are a step closer to dissolving their union.
NHL Players' Association members voted this week to give the union's executive board the power to file a "disclaimer of interest" until Jan. 2, The Canadian Press said Friday.
The news agency, citing an unidentified source, said the vote drew more than the two-thirds of the required support. The union declined comment, calling this an internal matter.
If the executive board files the disclaimer, the union would dissolve and become a trade association. That would allow players to file antitrust lawsuits against the NHL.
Negotiations between the league and union have been at a standstill since talks ended Dec. 6. No bargaining is scheduled, and time is running short to save the season. All games through Jan. 14 have been canceled, more than half the season. The New Year's Day Winter Classic and All-Star game already are victims of the lockout.
A new labor agreement would need to be in place by about that time to ...