* Nick Kypreos reported on Sportsnet today that he thinks there could be hockey very soon, to which Doug Maclean added his prediction of the 20th.

* Kypreos also reports that he’s heard of coaches calling players and telling them to “be ready.” Innnteresting.

* Kypreos thinks guys need a week or so to get to town, Maclean says two days. With a camp that would need to be “7-9 days” in length for safety purposes (you just can’t throw guys who haven’t been playing together with those who have), you’re looking at hockey somewhere just before/around Christmas if this gets wrapped up this week.

Big “if,” of course.

* McKenzie notes where things are currently at:

* Gary Bettman’s presser was, um, we’ll call it “brief.” Under 70 words:

“Good afternoon everyone. With so many of you here I just wanted to stop by. We just completed a two hour board of governors meeting which was basically an update. We are pleased with the process that is ongoing. Out of respect for that process I don’t have anything else to say and I’m not going to take any questions. And … We’ll see you later. Thank you.”

He followed that statement up with a solid little smirk, as seen below.

Still, those words have to be viewed as a positive, especially after seeing Bob McKenzie’s tweet.

Rob Pizzo put it best, though:

The two sides reconvened at 2:15 this afternoon. More on things as updates roll in!

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Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports grabbed this quote from Larry Tanenbaum, Leafs governor:

“We’re going to continue to talk up until we get a deal. “That’s all I’m going to say.”

Perfect. We’ll take it.