After Bill Daly and Steve Fehr met over the weekend to discuss the issues preventing the two sides from reaching an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, there was a hint of optimism regarding the negotiations.
There's hope that an agreement can be reached and there will be hockey this season.
There will not be a full 82-game schedule. Too many pages have been pulled off the calendar for that to happen.
However, a shortened season is not the end of the world. There are many positive developments that will come into play that may make the regular season more exciting than usual for coaches, players and fans.