Key negotiators from the NHL and NHL Players' Association, including commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, continued for another day Thursday, as the sides hope to salvage a season.
Talks are being held at an undisclosed New York City location, and little has been disclosed regarding any progress.
Regular-season games have already been cancelled through Nov. 30, and it would take 10 days to start the season after an agreement is reached. Hope remains that that a shortened schedule could start by Dec. 1, but real progress must happen soon.
The sides have bargained for more than 20 hours in the past week, including a seven-hour session Tuesday and a five-hour one Wednesday.
The stumbling block remains a disagreement over the league's "make whole" provision, a stipulation that would guarantee to honor all existing contracts in full. People associated with the talks view it as the paramount issue remaining. The NHLPA has already agreed to reduce their revenue share to 50 percent, from 57 percent.