The NHLPA plans to use a provision in the league's collective bargaining agreement to extend the deadline for its decision on reopening the current CBA until Monday, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.
The provision allows the deadline, originally set for Sept. 15, to be moved to the next business day because that date lands on a Sunday.
On Aug. 30, the NHL announced its decision not to reopen the CBA, which is set to run through the 2020-21 season. The current CBA will be terminated if the players opt to reopen discussions, potentially resulting in a work stoppage in September 2020.
The NHL and NHLPA reached a deal for the current CBA in January 2013 following a prolonged dispute that shortened the 2012-13 campaign to 48 games. The league lost the entire 2004-05 season after the sides failed to come to terms on an agreement prior to that campaign.