With tensions mounting daily, now more than ever with the NHL and NHLPA en route to a vigorous court battle, it would seem that the urgent reality that both sides desperately need a season this year is finally settling in. Why would we say that, you might ask? The newfound optimism lies in a quick statement made by NHLPA sidekick Bill Daly. When questioned if there would be a season this year, his answer was an astounding yes! Hard to believe that either side would truly feel there is hope for a new season, yet here we are on the eve of the World Junior championships – the first true taste of exciting hockey this year – and we may just wind up a winter filled with hockey! Keep your fingers crossed, but we have to say that we like where things are going.