NEW YORK — The NHL and the players’ union will not agree to a collective bargaining agreement until after a three-week lockout expires in mid-July, league officials announced Thursday.
The NHL and players’ association will reach a deal before the end of the league season on July 11, but they will likely not have an agreement in place by then.
The players’ group has asked the NHL to postpone the start of the lockout for as long as it can, citing the threat of a lockout-like strike if players are not given their full pay.
The league has said it will not consider such an offer.
The sides will likely also disagree on how to enforce the terms of the agreement.
The league’s board of governors voted unanimously to extend the lockout by a week from July 11 to the start.
The new agreement will be subject to ratification by the players.
The union will have to agree to terms of a new collective bargaining deal by Aug. 1.
The lockout is expected to cost the league $2 billion.
The owners, including the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers, have said they won’t take part in the lockout.
The two sides have also been at odds over the terms for the players and their union.