"It is unfortunate that the NHLPA has unreasonably refused to approve a Plan that an overwhelming majority of our Clubs voted to support, and that has received such widespread support from our fans and other members of the hockey community, including Players."
"We have now spent the better part of four weeks attempting to satisfy the NHLPA's purported concerns with the Plan with no success. Because we have already been forced to delay, and as a result are already late in beginning the process of preparing next season's schedule, we have no choice but to abandon our intention to implement the Realignment Plan and modified Playoff Format for next season."
"We believe the Union acted unreasonably in violation of the League's rights. We intend to evaluate all of our available legal options and to pursue adequate remedies, as appropriate."
The league had set a deadline for approval which has now passed. Negotiations over the next week or two are still a possibility but the league must start planning and scheduling for the future. In league approved plan, the Penguins were set to join a conference with historical and regional rivals in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York, as well as recently-developed rival Washington.
The league has limited options at this point. It may consider filing a grievance. It's too soon to say this tension is a precursor to a CBA impasse later this year, but it certainly does have fans worried.
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