Five hours of talks between the NHL and the players' association on Wednesday did little to move the sides closer to a deal.
The NHL's top two executives -- commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly -- met with the NHLPA's main negotiators -- executive director Donald Fehr and special counsel Steve Fehr -- for nearly an hour in the morning to assess where the sides were on Day 25 of the lockout, but there was no concrete discussions on the core economic issues.
A four-hour session that stretched into evening centered on player health and safety issues along with other miscellaneous legal topics.
"We had no discussion of the major economic issues, so that continues to be a disappointment," Daly said.
The sides will meet again Thursday -- which should have been NHL opening day -- but there are no plans to delve into how the sides will split up hockey-related revenue that was in excess of $3 billion last season.
"We're sort of discussing the overall status of the bargaining," Steve Fehr said.
These were the first negotiations since Friday in Toronto. Last week, the NHL canceled the first two weeks of the regular season, wiping out 82 games through Oct. 24.
One victory was achieved by the NHL on Wednesday when the Alberta Labor Relations Board ruled the lockout of players from the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames can continue. The board said declaring the lockout illegal in the province wouldn't help the sides reach a settlement.
Receiver Darius Bell is expected to out two to four weeks because of a broken rib suffered during UCLA's loss to Cal on Saturday.
Former Oakland High star Damian Lillard had 14 points and seven assists in his first NBA action, and Portland capitalized on Kobe Bryant's absence for a 93-75 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Ontario. Bryant sat out with a strained right shoulder. The injury isn't thought to be serious, coach Mike Brown said.
Roger Federer ignored recent death threats from a Chinese blogger and won his opening match at the Shanghai Masters, 6-3, 7-5 over Lu Yen-Hsun in the second round. Federer said he was aware the blogger had issued an apology. "I felt fine" Federer said. "I saw one of the bodyguards outside of the court. Once the match started ... I never thought about it again."
MCT Information Services contributed to this report.