If there are no snags, ratification could be finished by Saturday and training camps can open Sunday if approval is reached on both sides.
George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, was an adviser to the NHL players’ union before joining FMCS three years ago.
NHL labor talks broke off soon after they resumed Wednesday, with players maintaining their new proposal was a huge economic concession.
Representatives from the NHL and NHLPA have met seven of the last nine days, but no future talks are planned.
Frustration is building on both sides as the lockout approaches its fifth week. The first regular-season games were missed Thursday night.
Both sides say talks were cordial. The problem is that they aren’t discussing core economic issues.