The NHL Players Association got approval to disband after players overwhelmingly voted in the option of the union doing so this past week.
The NHLPA executive board was given the OK to file a disclaimer of interest by the union's members. The move allows the union to file the motion, which is essentially a decertification.
The move would allow the players to file an antitrust suit against the NHL and argue the lockout is illegal. It also would not allow players to bargain as a unit as they work on a new CBA. The union has until Jan. 2 to decide whether to make the motion.
The lockout began in September and has forced the cancelation of all games through Jan. 14. The general belief is the next cancelation will be of the entire 2012-13 season, as Commissioner Gary Bettman has said he wants at least a 48-game season, and any later start would prevent that.
The NHL and union last met Dec. 13. No other talks are yet scheduledTags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL