The latest round of NHL labor talks ended with the two sides in different rooms from each other.
The NHL eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule Monday, and if a deal with the players' association isn't reached soon the whole season could be lost.
As the NHL lockout drags on and more games are canceled, it's hard to find any winners. Owners are losing revenue; players, arena workers and team employees are losing paychecks; and fans are losing the chance to watch the sport they love.
If there is going to be any NHL hockey played this season, it won't happen before New Year's Eve.
The NHL and the locked-out players' association are talking again, and a return to the bargaining table could happen soon.
Donald Fehr thought he and the hockey players he leads were close to a deal to save the season. The NHL said not so fast, and then took away everything that created all the optimism in the first place.
Minutes after NHL Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr said the sides were in "complete agreement" on many issues in negotiations with the league toward a new collective bargaining agreement, he went back to reporters in New York City on Thursday night and told them: "There has been a development. It's not a positive one."
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Friday that he is out of ideas how to get negotiations back on track to save the hockey season.