The NHL could be ready to give Don Fehr a deadline.
Sources told QMI Agency the league was going to cancel games up until Jan. 14 last Monday, but, trying to entice the players back to the table, decided to hold off to see if they could get talks back on track.
After negotiations went nowhere during a meeting with U.S. federal mediators Wednesday in Iselin, N.J., don't be surprised if NHL commissioner Gary Bettman decides to slap a "drop-dead date" on the union to get a deal done.
"Sooner or later they're going to have to tell (union executive director) Donald Fehr you have until this date to get it done," said a league insider Wednesday.
With 13 games on the schedule New Year's Eve, sources say the NHL held off on cancelling a month's worth of games when the league chopped two weeks off the schedule Monday because of hope for a deal. That is quickly being dashed.
"My belief is the league really wanted to show the players if they could get them into camp by Dec. 21, they could be back playing before the New Year. Doesn't look like that is going to happen now. It's time to give Fehr a target to get a deal done by," said the insider.
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