The only talking the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association did Friday was to the media.

Less than 24 hours after the union learned Gary Bettman had suggested the two adversaries take a break from negotiations, some players lashed out at the commissioner and claimed he didn’t want to make a deal.

Unlike Chris Chelios in 1994, nobody expressed any concern about Bettman’s safety, but Detroit Red Wings defenceman Ian White did question the intelligence of the league’s top man during a candid session with Motown reporters.