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08:20 AM ET 12.05 | A season on the brink may be saved from the jaws of defeat, but just what might that season look like? These two sides are closer than ever. This is undoubtedly the most positive feeling -- in terms of hope and optimism -- that I've gotten during this process. Nonetheless, it is still a tenuous situation. Walking out of the Westin early Wednesday morning, there were whispers that a tentative deal could be brokered as soon as [Wednesday] afternoon. No off-the-record sources were willing to confirm, but none also denied the possibility. For now, everyone is interested in keeping their mouths shut. ... Hockey might be played, after all. (By the way, the current setup would suggest a 56-game, inter-conference schedule, which could begin as soon as Dec. 15.)

Philadelphia Daily News

Dustin Brown, Icon Sports Dustin Brown, Icon Sports
December 5, 2012  08:33 AM ET

Progress reported to be made in a session without Fehr and without Bettman.

Who woulda thunk it?

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December 5, 2012  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The statement last night, with Daly and little Fehr side-by-side, was pretty telling.Still, i'm done believing rhetoric. I'll be pleased only when I see skates on the ice.

I saw this statement also last night, and I agree, until the product is back on the ice, anything said is just conjecture.

December 5, 2012  09:25 AM ET

Will believe when I see.

December 5, 2012  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Progress reported to be made in a session without Fehr and without Bettman. Who woulda thunk it?

Everybody.

December 5, 2012  09:33 AM ET

Don't care anymore. And to judge by the lack of comments on NHL stories - neither does anyone else. If they do play real fans should boycott until Bettman and Fehr are both gone from the league.

December 5, 2012  09:35 AM ET

I wish it was 10 days from never ever again.

December 5, 2012  09:37 AM ET

Give me hockey so i can see the flyers run at James Neil and Crosby like they TRIED to do to us.

December 5, 2012  09:52 AM ET

A deal gets done , and each sides new Rep. start off the new era on a positive note-perfect

December 5, 2012  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Progress reported to be made in a session without Fehr and without Bettman. Who woulda thunk it?

Me.

December 5, 2012  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Me.

Really goes without saying doesn't it?

December 5, 2012  09:59 AM ET

"Season could start within 10 days"

Sorry. Not going to happen. Bring on the WJHC ...... and curling! Bonspiel, Tankard and Skins sounds sooo ..... sexy at about now.

December 5, 2012  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

For now I'll just keep my fingers crossed.

and toes.

Begin Dec. 15th? Wow....

December 5, 2012  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Give me hockey so i can see the flyers run at James Neil and Crosby like they TRIED to do to us.

Huuuuh? Are you for real? Give your head a shake ... or two! Just give me hockey, period! Any kind of hockey ... and let the chips fall where they may.

December 5, 2012  10:03 AM ET

A buddy of mine in Wilkes-Barre is hoping that the strike lasts all season. The Baby Pens started out slow, but they have been on fire lately. If the NHL goes back to work at least some of those guys will be called up.

December 5, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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and toes. Begin Dec. 15th? Wow....

Ain't gonna happen ...... unless ... they try and sell training camp as regular season games. Who knows? Long suffering hockey fans are so starved for hockey, they just might buy into it!

December 5, 2012  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Don't care anymore. And to judge by the lack of comments on NHL stories - neither does anyone else. If they do play real fans should boycott until Bettman and Fehr are both gone from the league.

Don't misconstrue a lack of comments to a lack of interest. It's more of a we don't fill up space just for the sake of it like on the football and baseball threads.

 
December 5, 2012  10:14 AM ET

So in 10 days they are going to
a) get the players back
b ) set the rosters
c) redo the schedule
d) reprint and mail the tickets.

they are cracking me up

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