The NHL Players' Association, locked in a three-month labor dispute with the owners, may file a disclaimer of interest and dissolve the union in the next few days, according to multiple reports.
If it did, the players could file an anti-trust suit against the league and ask a judge to declare the lockout illegal.
The lockout reached 90 days on Friday.
The latest "leaked" information, first reported by TSN in Canada, could be a ploy by the union to try to speed up the negotiating process with the owners. The sides did not meet on Friday.
At last week's Board of Governors meeting, the NHL said it wasn't worried about a disclaimer of interest being filed, claiming it had no merit and wouldn't be won in the courts.
During last year's NBA lockout, players filed a disclaimer of interest but had a new CBA 12 days later and the union quickly reformed.