Wednesday rolled into Thursday and the players and owners were still at it when I couldn’t hold my eyes open any longer and went to bed.
So, apologies if something major happened in the early hours of the morning.
But as you know by now, a day after the selected players-owners meetings on Tuesday, the Board of Governors met Wednesday, the sides met again, the NHLPA made a proposal, the sides continued to talk through the night, with some breaks for dinner and for discussing events of the day.
Obviously, it was the most positive day in the 81 (now 82) days of the lockout.
That doesn’t necessarily mean the lockout is over, but floating around already are the ideas of a 54- or 60-game season starting asap (after a training camp), possibly on Christmas Day, and probably a schedule of intra-conference games only.
At least there’s that possibility. I imagine there still is quite a bit of bargaining to be done before they get to the middle, and then there will be some smaller issues to be worked out, and there remains a possibility that one side or the other tries to grab a little bit more at the last second, and that we go back from optimistic to pessimistic.
We’ll see. Stay tuned.
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