The NHL allowed its teams' general managers to answer questions from players last weekend about the league's latest collective bargaining agreement proposal.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Monday night that GMs were made available during a 48-hour period to the players, SportsBusiness Journal reported.
Steve Fehr, special council for the NHL Players' Association, questioned the tactics.
"Most owners are not allowed to attend bargaining meetings," Fehr said in an e-mail to SportsBusiness Journal. "No owners are allowed to speak to the media about the bargaining. Interesting that they are secretly unleashed to talk to the players about the meetings the players can attend, but the owners cannot."
The two sides haven't met since last week. The NHL has canceled regular-season games through Nov. 1.