NEW YORK — The league has "no desire" to engage in settlement discussions with the players involved in a class-action concussion lawsuit, says a memo to the Board of Governors reported by Yahoo Sports on Thursday.
The memo, distributed to the board at its meeting this week in New York, says the league believes there is no "smoking gun" that gives the players an advantage in the suit, which alleges fraud and negligence, or a path to settlement, like in the NFL's concussion suit.
"We feel so strongly in the merits of our case and the leadership role (among all sports leagues) we have taken in the study, prevention, diagnosis and management of concussions," the memo says.
"Despite extensive discovery to date, we have yet to find any document or other evidence that would tend to support the plaintiffs' theory of the case."
The case is in the discovery phase. Depositions have been taken from dozens of NHL officials, including commissioner Gary Bettman. The league also has been ordered to turn over injury databases and videos of head injuries, but it hasn't shared those.
No substantive settlement talks, have been held, Yahoo Sports reported.
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