Brooks writes that the shortened season would likely be 62-66 games. On 12/1 last year the Rangers had already played 22 games.
THIS SECTION is all about a shortened schedule.
On progress towards getting a deal done, Pierre LeBrun wrote at ESPN.com "That’s still too early to call. But they’re talking for a third consecutive day. And both sides stayed mum to the media again on Wednesday night. I’ll take that as a promising sign -- but know that this could still unravel Thursday."
1:27PM: Kevin Paul Dupont tweets "Some agents, and some B- and C-list NHLers now making their frustration clear to NHLPA. Eager to play. Eager for pay."
Darren Dreger tweets "Few details, but players pushed hard yest...gave NHL much to consider on all issues. NHL's response today determines next step."