Contract talks between the NHL players and owners stretched well into the night and resumed Wednesday morning.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said they are pleased with the ongoing process but has no update.

While the big bosses weren’t in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting, their second-in-commands were there.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special council Steve Fehr actually stood beside each other when speaking to the media just before midnight.

“In some ways I’d say it might be the best day we’ve had, which isn’t too overly optimistic … there’s still a lot of work to do,” Fehr said.

The league and union are expected to return to the bargaining table at around 9 a.m. Wednesday, before the start of a board of governors meeting.

Six owners and 18 players have been involved in the talks, including superstar Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh co-owner Ron Burkle. Sources said both have played key roles in these negotiations.