TORONTO - With the threat of a lockout only a month away, the wide gap in contract negotiations between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association remained Wednesday, a day after the union presented its counterproposal.
In his first public comments since having a chance to read through the union's offer, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the two sides are "still apart, far apart."
Adding that he was "a little disappointed" that the union has yet to present its full proposal, Bettman said the league isn't even at the point of making a counteroffer.
"I think there are still a number of issues where we're looking at the world differently," Bettman said after the two sides met for an hour at the NHLPA headquarters in Toronto. "So there's still a wide gap between us, and not much time to go."