A representative from the NHL and the players' union met on Thursday but failed to make any progress during the 89th day of the lockout.

No future talks have been scheduled.

Steve Fehr, special counsel for the NHL Players' Association, and NHL attorney Bob Batterman met with a federal mediator in Iselin, N.J., but the talks were fruitless.


The NHL wants to union to agree to a five-year maximum on player contracts (seven years if you resign your own player), a 10-year collective-bargaining agreement, and no amnesty buyouts or escrow caps in the first year.

The players want an eight-year maximum on player contracts and an eight-year CBA. In addition, they are pushing for amnesty buyouts and do not want escrow caps.

Games have been canceled through Dec. 30.

Surgery for Holmstrom. Adirondack Phantoms captain Ben Holmstrom, a center who played five games with the Flyers last season, will undergo surgery on his right knee and will be sidelined for an indefinite period, the club said.

In 22 AHL games this season, Holmstrom had two goals and six assists while accumulating a plus-3 rating.

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