"I don't see the point behind that," Callahan said. "It doesn't make sense to me. Two weeks is a waste of time."
One of the main issues at play in fighting for a new collective bargaining agreement is determining which side will pay for the lockout, as well as expanded revenue sharing and contract lengths. One aspect of the owners' proposal stipulates a maximum length of contracts, yet owners gave some players multiyear deals just before the lockout began two months ago.
"There's people on the (ownership) committee who signed (players to) contracts two hours before the lockout," Richards said. "(It's) tough to trust people when that's going on."
The Capitals signed defenseman John Carlson (six years, $23.8 million) and forward Troy Brouwer (three years, $11 million), while the Bruins agreed to terms with forwards Milan Lucic (three years, $18 million), Tyler Seguin (six years, $34.5 million) and Brad Marchand (four years, $18 million) in the days leading up to Sept. 15. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs are on the league's negotiating committee.
"(I'm) not going to single out certain guys," Richards said. "Some of them I don't know personally."
The lockout has already forced the cancellation of 327 games, including the Winter Classic between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings at Michigan Stadium. The league's other big midseason event — the Jan. 27 all-star game at Nationwide Arena in Columbus — is also expected to be formally cancelled in the near future.