NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league and its players have no plans to meet, further increasing the chances that the Winter Classic will be canceled, ESPN New York reported Monday.
Daly and NHL Players Association special counsel Steve Fehr have had limited communication, but the two sides remain far apart in negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement.
"No new news," Daly wrote in an e-mail to ESPN. "We withdrew our most recent proposal on Friday, and now we are spending time thinking about our next proposal and how best to get closer to a resolution. We hope the union is doing the same thing. Given the fact that the union refused even to discuss our last proposal, it would appear that we still have a large gulf to bridge."
Negotiations have not occured since the two sides exchanged proposals nearly two weeks ago in Toronto.
Fehr denied that the union is not willing to negotiate.
"Since the last bargaining meeting on Oct. 18, we have consistently made it clear to the league that we are ready to meet and are willing to discuss all ideas, certainly including their last proposal," he said. "The league has unfortunately continued to decline to meet. Their position makes it difficult to move the process forward, as it is obviously hard to make progress without talking."
An announcement to cancel to Winter Classic could come by Thursday.
Games thru November have already been canceled.
The effects of Hurricane Sandy would make it difficult to resume talks in New York this week. Monday, the storm forced the city to suspend mass transit and schools, and ordered hundreds of thousands to evacuate.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr plans to fly to Minnesota to meet with players on Monday.