The NHL & NHLPA met for 8 hours yesterday afternoon without their lead representatives, Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr. The result? Cautious optimism! With a total of 18 players, including superstars Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews, the NHLPA met with 6 NHL owners, including chairman of the board of governors and Boston Bruins owners, Jeremy Jacobs.
Although the statements made by both sides following the 8 hour meeting were rather timid and did not intimate what progress had actually been made, the positive body language of those involved in the meeting, including the fact that both sides are going to meet again today, indicates to all who have been following this saga, that things may finally be reaching a solution.
With serious deadlines fast approaching, and after nearly three months of anticipating the cancellation for the 2012-13 season, there now appears to be a small ray of hope shining through.
Stay Tuned, hockey may soon be returning to an arena near you!