The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to involve U.S. federal mediators in their ongoing labor dispute. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen made the announcement on Monday, saying he has assigned Scot L. Beckenbaugh, John Sweeney and Guy Serota to serve as mediators. 

Said Cohen: 

The NHL announced Friday that it has cancelled games through Dec. 14 as well as the league's All-Star weekend, which was set to take place Jan. 26 and 27 in Columbus, Ohio. 

The league has now cancelled 422 regular season games due to the current lockout caused by the lack of a collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players. 

The NHL lockout hasn’t been good for anybody. It especially hasn’t been good for a fighter in his mid-30s who can’t find a job in Europe and knows he only has a few years left to get paid. 

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said Tuesday that while he is furious with the lack of progress made between the NHL and NHLPA in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, he is trying to be not let his emotions get the best of him. Players such as Ian White of the Red Wings have been outspoken against commissioner Gary Bettman, with White calling the commissioner an "idiot."

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.