More NHL games have been lost to the lockout, as the league announced another round of cancellations Thursday, this time through Jan. 14.
The latest round comes with speculation that the NHL has set a mid-January deadline to have a new collective bargaining agreement or cancel the entire season.
So far, 625 regular-season games, or just more than 50 percent of the schedule has been lost. The two sides haven't met face-to-face since Dec. 13.
NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr told reporters in Toronto before an NHLPA charity game Wednesday night that they are ready to resume talking whenever the league agrees to meet.
"We have to find a way to have discussions because it's very hard to come to an agreement if you're not talking to one another," Fehr said. "It's very hard to come to an agreement if you set pre-conditions to the negotiations, too."