Negotiations had already hit a wall, and now the NHL has suggested the sides take an official two-week break before getting back to the bargaining table. Commissioner Gary Bettman floated the idea to players association executive director Donald Fehr.
"We don't have a negotiating partner that has any genuine interest in reaching an agreement," deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday. "Zero interest."
The union wants to keep the bargaining going, despite how frustrating recent sessions have been.
"It's more likely we'll make progress if we meet than if we don't," union special counsel Steve Fehr said. "The players have offered the owners concessions worth about a billion dollars. What have the owners offered the players?" The lockout has already claimed 327 games.
Scott Stallings shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over William McGirt and Kirk Triplett in the Pebble Beach Invitational. Stallings and McGirt played at Del Monte. Triplett was at Pebble Beach. Annika Sorenstam shot 70 at Del Monte.