Players' Association says it's ready for more talks amid two NHL lawsuits
Mick E. Moose, the Winnipeg Jets mascot, takes in the pre-game ceremonies at the NHL All-Star game Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 in Ottawa. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson) By Paul Chiasson
NEW YORK (AP) — Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey told The Associated Press the players' association is ready and willing to get back to the bargaining table with the NHL.
Talks broke down again last week after two days of negotiations involving a federal mediator, and the hockey season is in jeopardy.
The sides haven't been in touch with each other for several days since the NHL filed a class action suit Friday in U.S. District Court in New York, seeking to establish that its lockout is legal. In a separate move, the NHLfiled an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming the players' association has bargained in bad faith.