The NHLPA already has the necessary votes to file a disclaimer of interest if the union chooses, according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos. Kypreos reports that they haven’t set an “internal date” to make a move as of this time, though.
Time will tell if the measure is merely a threat/tactic or if things will get ugly and tumultuous by going to court.
At the moment, it sounds like the two sides won’t meet face-to-face on Friday.
Instead, a mediator has been bouncing between the two sides with frequency. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun believes that a day of mediation isn’t necessarily a lost day – and he even gives us some vague hope:
Am told both sides have told mediator they've got a bit of room to move on open issues—
Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 04, 2013
That’s at least more pleasant to think about than this disclaimer of interest tedium, right?