It’s kind of annoying because so many people saw things unfolding as it appears they are, but we’ll take it. Beggars can’t be choosers after all, so here we go: it seems as though the NHL has made a new CBA proposal to the NHLPA, in which they’ve made a couple concessions. With the media’s attention turned to the World Junior Championship and the Spengler Cup (we’re desperate), it’s the perfect time for the two sides to actually get to work and get this deal done. Here’s what we know so far:

 

 

But wait, there’s more!

 

 

  Lebrun’s information was confirmed by other quality sources. Dreger added:

And Elliotte Friedman weighed in as well:

 

 

So there you have it. A considerably less qualified source claims the two sides will meet at some point today. More on this as it develops, but this morning, there seems to be some light – a pinhole, at least – at the end of the tunnel.

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  Eek!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then…there’s this does of realism from Chris Botta:

 

Bill Daly has confirmed that they have, in fact, delivered the NHLPA a new CBA proposal.

“In light of media reports this morning, I can confirm that we delivered to the Union a new, comprehensive proposal for a successor CBA late yesterday afternoon. We are not prepared to discuss the details of our proposal at this time. We are hopeful that once the Union’s staff and negotiating committee have had an opportunity to thoroughly review and consider our new proposal, they will share it with the players. We want to be back on the ice as soon as possible.”