And it doesn’t sound promising, because it seems to me that the NHL owners/board and Lockout Commissioner want to win every single little piece of this negotiation. They want a rout, not a victory.
E.J. Hradek pointed out Sunday that the 1994-95 lockout (when Gary Bettman was just a Lockout Rookie) ended on Jan. 11 and the league was able to begin a 48-game season by Jan. 20. So it’s still not too late.