The league has offered to allow players to compete in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea in exchange for the union not opting out of the collective bargaining agreement in September 2019, which would in effect extend the deal for three years, reports said Wednesday.
Commissioner Gary Bettman declined to comment on the reports, which stemmed from a meeting in New York of Bettman, union executive director Don Fehr and International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel.
Said Fehr: "There have been some suggestions that could be construed that that (CBA) discussion would be worth having. Obviously, we discuss that with players. We have begun that process."
League participation in 2018 has been in question since the International Olympic Committee said it doesn't want to cover the players' transportation and insurance costs, as it has since pros began playing in 1998.
Game highlights: Nicklas Backstrom had two goals and three assists, and T.J. Oshie had two goals and two assists as the host Capitals broke out of a funk to rout the Penguins 7-1.
Around the league: Devils wing Taylor Hall had surgery on his left knee for a torn meniscus and is expected to be sidelined up to a month, the team said.