The NHL lockout hits a milestone today when it reaches day 100.
There's still no guarantee it won't get to 200 a few months from now.
Officials of the league and NHL Players' Association apparently did not have any contact Sunday, a day after NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly reportedly spoke on the phone with Steve Fehr, special counsel for the NHLPA.
Daly said via email Sunday that he does "not expect any bargaining before Christmas."
Negotiators from the league and union have not met face-to-face in more than a week, since a second attempt at federal mediation failed to produce any progress toward an agreement.
Games have been canceled through Jan. 14, and the most optimistic scenario at this point is that it still might be possible to salvage a 48-game regular season if a new collective bargaining agreement is reached by the middle of next month.
Local prospect earns an 'A'
J.T. Miller of Coraopolis has been named an alternate captain for Team USA at the world junior championships.
Miller was the New York Rangers' first-round draft choice in 2011 and has five goals and nine assists in 26 games with their Connecticut Whale minor league team this season.
He is one of three members returning from the 2012 WJC squad, as is goalie John Gibson of Whitehall.
Buffalo Sabres prospect Jack McCabe will be Team USA's captain, while Seth Jones, Cole Bardeau and Jacob Trouba also are alternates.
Defenseman Scott Harrington, the Penguins' second-round draft choice in 2011, will wear an "A" for Canada in the tournament, which begins Wednesday in Ufa, Russia.
Evgeni Malkin was limited to one point -- the second assist on his team's final goal -- in Metallurg Magnitogorsk's 5-1 victory against Lokomotiv in a Kontinental Hockey League game Sunday.
He also won 11 of 20 faceoffs while logging 22 minutes, 17 seconds of ice time.
For the season, Malkin has 17 goals and 32 assists in 32 games. That's good for second place in the KHL scoring race, four points behind teammate Sergei Mozyakin.
Coach claims mark
John Hynes has become the winningest coach in the history of the Penguins' Wilkes-Barre/Scranton minor league team.
The Baby Penguins' 3-2 victory Saturday night at Syracuse was their 116th under Hynes, breaking a tie with Glenn Patrick for first place on the franchise's all-time list.
More important, the victory pulled Wilkes-Barre/Scranton out of a 0-4-1-1 slump.
Hynes is in his third season as coach in Wilkes-Barre, where his overall record is 116-57-3-7.
The Baby Penguins are 14-11-1-1 and off until Wednesday, when they will visit Hershey.
Dave Molinari: Dmolinari@Post-Gazette.com and Twitter @MolinariPG.