According to multiple reports, NHL commissioner Gary Betman has requested a two-week break from negotiations with the NHLPA on a new collective bargaining agreement. 

According to ESPN, Fehr has yet to give Betman an official answer on the proposed moratorium, though the NHLPA would rather have continued negotiations. 

The two sides appeared to be coming closer two weeks ago, when lengthy meetings at an undisclosed location were held in New York, but those talks fizzled and the sides haven't met since Sunday. 

Former Bruin Stan Jonathan appeared in court Wednesday to face a charge of criminal negligence causing death after a hunting incident left a 29-year-old man dead on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario on Sunday morning.

Jonathan, 57, a Six Nations band member who lives in Ohsweken, Ontario, is scheduled to return to court Dec. 14.

According to police, Peter Kosid was bow-hunting when he was shot in the back by a bullet allegedly fired by Jonathan, who separately was hunting deer more than 300 yards away. Jonathan discovered Kosid's body and contacted police.

Retired NHL forward Mark Recchi, now a part owner of the WHL's Kamloops Blazers, told The Boston Globe that he feels the locked-out players should accept what the owners are offering and get back on the ice. 

Recchi said that the owners' offers are only going to get worse over time, so he believes the players should take what they can get now. 

Scott Norton, the agent for Flyers forward Tom Sestito, tweeted Saturday that Bruins forward Nathan Horton should "stay out of [Sestito's] way next time," a reference to the concussion Horton suffered last season on a seemingly blindside hit from Sestito.

In retweeting a story from ESPN Boston's James Murphy saying that Horton is currently healthy, Norton wrote "Good news! Stay out of @TomSestito23 way next time.

Though the NHL and NHLPA began negotiations for a fourth straight day Friday at 10 a.m., a copy of NHLPA head Donald Fehr's memo to players following Thursday's session suggested the sides are not close on a new collective bargaining agreement. 

Fehr wrote in the memo that "a significant gap remains" and that the owners' "make whole" concept (to alleviate concerns about players not getting all of the contracts that they signed before the lockout) was not ideal. 

Talks between the NHL and NHL players union concluded at roughly 9 p.m. Wednesday after five and a half hours of negotiations. According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, the two sides are expected to meet again on Thursday, which will mark the third consecutive day of negotiations between the two sides.

The NHL officially cancelled the 2013 Winter classic shortly after 3 p.m. on Friday. The annual outdoor game was scheduled to be played between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium. In a press release announcing the cancellation, the league said that the teams will play in the next Winter Classic. 

According to a tweet from Finnish sportswriter Matias Strozyk, Bruins center Chris Kelly has signed with HC Red Ice of the Swiss League. 

Kelly becomes the third Bruin to head to Switzerland, as both Tyler Seguin (HC Biel) and Patrice Bergeron (HC Lugano) are in Switzerland for the lockout. 

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Well, so much for optimism.

After a couple of weeks of Ross-and-Rachel-esque “will they, won’t they?” the NHL spoke for both sides Friday and gave the answer fans were probably expecting at this point: They might, and if they do, it won’t be for a while. 



The NHL announced Friday that it has cancelled games through Nov. 30 as a result of the current lockout. 

Had a deal been struck at some point this week, the league felt it would be able to start an 82-game season on Nov. 2, but the lack of a new CBA led to the further cancellations. Should games through November be cancelled, the league would lose the Nov. 23 game between the Bruins and Rangers, more notably the first game to be televised by NBC and what many thought before the lockout would be a possible starting point for the season.