Sportsnet reports that players for at least one NHL team have been told to be on standby to return to practice within a weeks time.
You might look elsewhere to see different rumors and ramblings what is supposed to be in play with negotiations right now but lets just take oen thing at a time right now. There may be enough headway being made right now for the National Hockey League to resume operations within the next few weeks.
EDIT: Thanks to Jack for giving me this link to the denial from the Coyotes over this report. Guess that's why you don't jump over rumors and try to do factual reporting.