LAS VEGAS (AP) -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says he's ready to meet with the player's union to negotiate a new contract, but it's up to the union to decide when that might happen.
Bettman said Thursday in Las Vegas that the league has been ready to bargain for months, but the union hasn't yet indicated that it's ready.
A call to union officials by The Associated Press hasn't immediately been returned.
Bettman declined to discuss what the league is looking for in renewing the seven-year deal set to expire Sept. 15.
Bettman says he'd prefer to discuss specifics at the bargaining table with those involved in negotiations.
He met with team presidents at the site of the NHL Awards in June, saying they discussed marketing initiatives, TV contracts and general business.