The NHL Players Assn., saying it needs to settle a range of issues with two teams entering the league next year, will terminate its collective bargaining agreement with the league Sept. 15.
"I don't really have any troubles," said Bob Goodenow, the union's executive director. "There's issues to be discussed."
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said that he was disappointed by the decision. Last week, the 24 teams unanimously voted to keep the agreement in place as a "sign of good faith."