The NHL season will begin no earlier than 31 December after more games were cancelled
The National Hockey League has cancelled two more weeks of games through to 30 December.
Last Updated: 10/12/12 10:22pm
The league continues to talk with the Players' Association over a solution to the row over a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Their latest set of talks broke down last week after fans and players alike had admitted they were more hopeful of a breakthrough than at any point during the lockout, which has been in place since the summer.
A total of 526 regular-season games - 42.8 percent of the season - were scheduled for the period from 11 October to December 30.
The warring parties hope to talk again later this week, and the cancellation of only another 16 days worth of games is taken as a broad hint that a result might not be too far off.
Commissioner Gary Bettman said last week, after the most recent round of negotiations, that a season must consist of at least 48 games to protect its integrity, the same number played during the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season.