Habs defenceman Josh Gorges
Canadiens’ defenceman Josh Gorges and former Habs forward Mathieu Darche were on a 25-minute NHLPA teleconference Monday afternoon to put some flesh on the bones of the union’s latest moves to get CBA talks moving with the NHL, stalled since last week with a Sept. 15 deadline for a lockout looming.
In summary, Gorges said the players want to play, and he said there’s nothing to prevent that from happening even should the union and the league not have a new CBA in place by Saturday.
Nothing Earth-shattering in the 25-minute teleconference, but Gorges said the NHLPA’s possible involvement of the Quebec Labour Board, hoping the body would rule a lockout of Canadiens players illegal in Quebec, is not being done to get the Habs their paycheques. Rather, it’s a bid to jumpstart stalled talks with the NHL.
Gorges said he believes that Canadiens coaches would go along with a favourable ruling from the QLB, if one came, and work on ice with the team in training. That’s not even on the horizon for now, however, with an NHL board of governors meeting scheduled in New York this week and two meetings of different NHLPA groups in the same city.