Tuukka Rask thinks the fact that the NHL and union are negotiating with a hard deadline in mind is beneficial.
"I think it's good, so you actually have a deadline," Rask said. "I know that can't be the case right from the beginning. It would have been great if everyone knew, 'This is the date.' But we've got it now and time's running low, so something's going to happen." The belief is that if the season can't start by Jan. 19, then it will be canceled.