The best that can be said about the ongoing NHL labor negotiations is that they are still going, and will continue for at least a fourth straight day.
The league and the locked-out players' association got back together Thursday and accomplished enough over five-plus hours to make plans to meet again Friday.
''I am not going to discuss the negotiations or the substance of what we're talking about,'' NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday on a wind-blown street corner. ''I really don't think that would be helpful to the process.
''We have work to do, and my hope is that we can achieve the goal of getting a long-term, fair agreement in place as quickly as possible so we can play hockey.''
Players' association executive director Donald Fehr didn't rule out talks stretching into the weekend, too.
''All I can tell you is we have been meeting, and we will be meeting again (Friday),'' he said. ''I can't say more than that. We haven't talked about (the weekend), but if there is so...