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NHL finally gives Donald Fehr drop-dead date

National Hockey League Players Association Executive Director Donald Martin Fehr talks on his cell...

National Hockey League Players Association Executive Director Donald Martin Fehr talks on his cell phone during league negotiations in New York December 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Eric Thayer)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:15 PM ET

OTTAWA - Donald Fehr finally has a deadline to work against.

League sources confirmed Friday the NHL has given the executive director of the NHL Players' Association a drop-dead date to get a deal done or commissioner Gary Bettman will cancel the season for the second time in eight years.

Sources say the league wants a deal ratified and the players in camp by Jan. 12, with a Jan. 19 start date for at least a 48-game regular season. If that doesn't happen, there won't be hockey at all.


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