After the latest turn of events between the NHL and NHLPA throughout the course of the week, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is feeling far less optimistic and is now weighing his options overseas.
NHL owners who have been quiet in recent weeks, expressed their disappointment regarding Thursday's events of the NHL lockout.
At one point it looked like the lockout was going to come to an end Thursday night, but the NHL rejected the latest players' offer.
After Wednesday's marathon session of CBA talks, the NHLPA has requested a mediator be brought back into the mix to help the league and union reach and agreement to save part of the 2012-13 season.
NHL labor talks continued Wednesday, with some indications of progress toward a deal being made -- although it's still too early to start printing 50 or 60-game schedules yet.
As the NHL talks keep going on, their has been some cautious optimism from people around the league on Tuesday.
Jonathan Toews and Jamal Mayers were two of the 18 players meeting with NHL owners Tuesday in hopes of advancing lockout talks.
The NHL players' association has agreed to meet with the league's owners face-to-face in an attempt to put an end to the lockout.
The NHL lockout wages on -- which stands at 76 days -- and there is no clear solution on how the two sides can get a deal done. So what's next?
The presence of federal mediators couldn't improve the negotiations between the NHL and its Players Association, as the two sides met Wednesday and Thursday without getting anything accomplished.