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Gary Bettman could be close to setting NHL deadline

National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman exits after speaking to the press before returning...

National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman exits after speaking to the press before returning to negotiations with the NHLPA in New York December 5, 2012. (REUTERS)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:00 PM ET

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.


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