Bill Daly Calls NHLPA's Legal Challenge 'A Joke'

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 08: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly attends a press conference before the NHL game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on March 8, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly dismissed the legal challenges to a potential lockout being considered by the Alberta Labour Relations Board. "This is a joke," Daly said in an email to The Canadian Press.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly doesn't think much of the legal challenge filed by the NHL Players Association with the Alberta Labour Relations Board. The deputy commissioner dismissed the challenges in an email, saying "This is a joke," reports The Canadian Press.Under Alberta law, employees can only be locked out if represented by a union, and the Labour Relations Board does not recognize the NHLPA, so the challenge seeks to prevent Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames players from being locked out.

Daly also provided some details on what the looming lockout might look like. Specifically, he stated that the league would be looking to forbid communication between teams and players:"Generally in a lockout situation management shouldn't be ... socializing with the locked-out labour," said Daly. "They aren't employees during the duration of the lockout."

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