Aaron Ward passed along a couple tweets, which while unfortunately written in near text-speak (hey, 140 characters can be tough), gets the point across:

 

Well, that’s not the easiest to parse, but basically, the players will have a vote at some point that will give the executive board the authority to decertify (or “disclaim”) if they so see it fit. From where I’m sitting it just shows the NHL that the union is serious about doing this if a deal isn’t reached soon, so it works as a little semi-threat. Who knows if they’ll go through with it or not, but they’re working on putting themselves in the position to if they see fit.