Jonathan Toews and Jamal Mayers were two of the 18 players meeting with NHL owners Tuesday in hopes of advancing lockout talks.
The NHL players' association has agreed to meet with the league's owners face-to-face in an attempt to put an end to the lockout.
The NHL lockout wages on -- which stands at 76 days -- and there is no clear solution on how the two sides can get a deal done. So what's next?
The presence of federal mediators couldn't improve the negotiations between the NHL and its Players Association, as the two sides met Wednesday and Thursday without getting anything accomplished.
The NHL and NHLPA still have not come to a resolution, which has left Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews in a tough spot -- wanting to play somewhere, but not sure if heading overseas is the right option just yet.
The NHL and NHLPA decided Monday to bring in a team of federal mediators in an effort to come to a resolution that would end the lockout.
Dave Bolland retweeted a fan calling for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's head Friday afternoon, and the Blackhawks center apologized for the misstep Saturday.
Dave Bolland thought...or tweeted...without thinking today when he retweeted a fan making comments about NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
With no end of the lockout in sight, the NHL announced today the cancellation of games through Dec. 14, including the 2012-2013 All-Star Game in Columbus.