New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will be out of the lineup indefinitely as he recovers from taking a puck to the eye, the team said Wednesday.
The NHL Tuesday unveiled a realignment plan that would take effect for the 2013-14 season if the players' association approves.
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The NHL has submitted a new contract proposal to the NHL Players Association as the league's owners seek an agreement that would end their labor impasse.
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No new talks aimed at ending the 93-day-old NHL lockout are planned as players vote on whether to decertify their union, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says.
The NHL and representatives of its players union met with federal mediators Wednesday without making progress toward ending an 88-day lockout.
A day after wiping out two more weeks of games amidst their three-month lockout of players, NHL officials said contract talks will resume Wednesday.
Negotiators seeking to end the 81-day-old NHL lockout reconvened Wednesday amid signs of progress toward a deal that would save the 2012-13 season.
Locked-out NHL players could meet directly with a committee of team owners in a bid to restart stalled collective bargaining talks, the league said Sunday.