The sun hadn't even set on Day 4 of the NHL lockout when the next domino fell: preseason games were cancelled through Sept. 30.

It wasn't a completely unexpected announcement, but it's disheartening nonetheless. So is the lack of concrete and productive talks between the league and the NHLPA. So are the layoffs occurring in the league and team offices. And so is the number of NHL players who are already heading overseas to play hockey.

None of the current signs point toward a quick resolution to this lockout. Still, Blackhawks past and present, who once again gathered for workouts on Wednesday – joined by Patrick Kane and Daniel Carcillo -- remain hopeful that an agreement is reached soon. But not at the steep price the NHL expects them to pay.