Matthew Stajan is hopeful that mediation between the players and owners will help push the negotiations forward.
"As this process has gone on, we've made every effort ' especially with our last proposal last week ' to engage in a negotiation that will get this thing finished," Stajan said. "Obviously, that didn't work out, so hopefully, bringing in a mediator will help the process get moving and get it resolved. We want to get back playing." Games through Dec. 15 and both the All-Star Game and Winter Classic have already been lost. There's till time to save the season, but they're running out of time to do even that.