NHL defines preseason losses as lockout continues

Associated Press Modified: October 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm •  Published: October 2, 2012

According to Daly, the sides met for close to two hours Tuesday. One aspect that could expedite the negotiations moving forward — perhaps next week — is mediation. And both sides acknowledged that possibility has been broached.

"I've had that discussion with Gary, briefly," Donald Fehr said. "There hasn't been further discussion. We're not averse to help."

In the meantime, media outlets are making plans to keep fans happy during yet another stoppage. On Tuesday, Russia's Kontinental Hockey League announced it will broadcast games in the United States on ESPN3. It plans to air five games this month on ESPN3, the online streaming service. Wednesday's game between Dynamo Moscow and Ak Bars Kazan will be the first game televised.

Now in its third week, the lockout has forced many players to head overseas to play on month-to-month contracts. Others who are eligible to play at the lower levels opened training camp last week with American Hockey League affiliates. Still, there are several players who remain in North America, and continue to work out among themselves. On Tuesday in Minnesota, several members of the Wild got together for a skate.

"It is disappointing. The NHLPA is trying pretty hard to get something done. Every offer we make, we're trying to make it better and better every time and it just seems like they're getting stubborn and they want to stick to their offer," Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard said. "So, we'll see what happens next."

Bouchard was joined by defenseman Ryan Suter, one of two prized free-agent signees for Minnesota this summer. Suter and forward Zach Parise, who led the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals last season, both agreed to join the Wild on the same day in July.

"Obviously the players, we want to get out there and play, but we also know that something has to be fixed," Suter said. "We can't keep going through this every few years to try to come up with something. As players, we want it to be solved right. We want it to be the correct thing for years to come."

Suter, the top defenseman on the market this year, signed a 13-year deal for $98 million with Minnesota.

"I think people have to think big picture. That's what the players are doing. We're thinking future. We don't want to have to deal with this every four or five years," he said. "We want this to be fixed for good. I think people have to think big picture when they start to talk about it.

"It's not just a quick fix."