Iselin, NJ (Sports Network) - The NHL and the National Hockey League Players'Association met with federal mediators for a second straight day Thursday, butthe meetings apparently were unproductive again.
The two sides decided to meet again Thursday after getting together for alittle more than six hours Wednesday.
On Thursday, the NHL was represented by legal counsel Bob Batterman at theoffice of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Iselin, NJ. NHLPAexecutive director Donald Fehr and special counsel Steve Fehr were among theunion representatives present.
Meanwhile, Steve Fehr and Batterman sat in on a meeting with mediator ScotBeckenbaugh and agreed to talk Friday, either by phone or in person.
"I think we're done with contact tonight; we're still working on a bunch ofstuff as we always are," Steve Fehr said. "I expect there will be contact(with the League on Friday); not sure if it will be by telephone or in person,or if it is in person where it will be.
"It's good that we're talking. It's better than not talking and we'll see whathappens."
The two sides also met with mediators on Nov. 28 and 29, but those meetingsbroke off without progress being made.
Thursday's meeting comes three days after the National Hockey Leagueeliminated another block of games from the schedule with the lockout nearing afull three months.
Games from Dec. 15 through Dec. 30 were the latest to be wiped out, bringingthe total to 526 lost to the lockout that started Sept. 16. The Winter Classicon New Year's Day was also canceled, as was the All-Star Weekend in lateJanuary.