Theoren Fluery is one step closer to learning his fate.
TSN hockey analyst Darren Dreger reported last night the former Calgary Flames star will meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman today in Phoenix to discuss his bid to be reinstated by the league.
The 41-year-old hasn't skated in an NHL contest for six years, but remains suspended indefinitely under the league's substance abuse policy.
Fleury has reportedly already met with NHL and NHLPA doctors to make his case. His scheduled sitdown with Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly could be the final step in the process.
After skating with several NHLers at Westside Recreation Centre last month, Fleury said he was willing to be patient as the league considered his reinstatemnt request.
"We're working through a process," Fleury said.
"I also understand there were some consequences for my actions. This is all part of the consequences. I didn't expect an answer right away. I know they have to think about it and see if it's good, a fit for them. If it's not, I'll move on to something else.
"They haven't made a decision either way. All I can do is continue to prepare for that moment."
That moment could come today in Phoenix, where Bettman and other league officials are preparing for a legal showdown with Phoenix Coyotes suitor Jim Balsillie.
There's no word on whether the feisty forward has secured an NHL tryout. He's not eligible to sign with an NHL team until his suspension is lifted.
In 1,084 NHL regular-season games with the Flames, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks, Fleury registered 455 goals and 633 assists.