A daily look at the NHL lockout

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DATE: Friday, Dec. 21.

DAY: 97.

LAST NEGOTIATIONS: In-person talks Dec. 13 in New Jersey. Bargaining conference call Dec. 14.

NEXT NEGOTIATIONS: None scheduled.

GAMES LOST: 625 (all games through Jan. 14, including New Year's Day Winter Classic, and All-Star weekend).

DISSOLVING THE UNION?: NHL players' association members voted this week to give the union's executive board the power to file a "disclaimer of interest" until Jan. 2, a person familiar with the vote told The Associated Press on Friday. However, the executive board hasn't yet met plans to meet and discuss the issue. The vote drew more than the two-thirds of the required support. If the executive board files the disclaimer, the union would dissolve and become a trade association. That would allow players to file antitrust lawsuits against the NHL.

WHAT WE MISSED: A five-game slate was lost Friday night, including a matchup of the best and worst the NHL has to offer. The Vancouver Canucks (51-22-9), who finished with an NHL-high of 111 points last season, were supposed to visit the Columbus Blue Jackets (29-46-7), the team with a league-low 65 points last season. The two teams bookended the Western Conference standings.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Philadelphia Flyers leading scorer Claude Giroux returned to the lineup after a four-game absence with gusto. Giroux, who had been sidelined by a concussion, had a goal and three assists in his return to help the Flyers beat the Dallas Stars 4-1. Giroux was injured against Tampa Bay on Dec. 10 when he was accidentally hit in the back of the head by the knee of teammate Wayne Simmonds.