Isles' Visnovsky Remains In Slovakia; Frustration Begins To Brew As Season Nears"(Visnovsky) will not be allowed to play in the KHL without the Islanders' consent," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Devils Believe llya Kovalchuk Will Return To Team Once Lockout Is Officially LiftedKovalchuk, who signed a 15-year, $100 million contract with New Jersey in 2010, played in a KHL game Tuesday. He told Russian media he was playing to stay in shape pending the end of the lockout.
NHL Appears Headed Toward 48-Game Season As Opposed To 50-Game Season"I think 48 is most likely at this point, unless the players can expedite their ratification process," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email Monday to The Associated Press.
NHL Makes A New Offer As The Lockout Enters Its Critical StageThe NHL made a new offer to the players' association, hoping to spark talks toward ending the long lockout and saving the hockey season.
More Good News, Hockey Fans: NHL Wipes Out All Games Through January 14The NHL has wiped out all games through Jan. 14, and if it needs to make any more cancellations, the entire season could be the next thing to go.
Fehr Waiting For NHL To Resume Talks; Daly Says Season Will Be SavedDonald Fehr and the players' association are ready to get back to the bargaining table at any moment. They are now just waiting for the NHL to feel the same way.
Kallet: This Casual Hockey Fan Is Finished -- Maybe ForeverI'm just so turned off by the greed, the unwillingness to cooperate, the lack of direction and the apathy toward the fans who live and die with every drop of the puck. It's disgraceful and it's unfair, and I'm finished.
Obama To NHL Owners, Players: 'Do Right By Your Fans'The NHL's labor dispute has gotten so big that President Barack Obama was asked about the stalemate during an interview Thursday.

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