Report: NHL Targeting January 19th as Start Date for the Season

Matt Schreiber@@schreiberstakeAnalyst IIIDecember 28, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04:  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman arrives for a negotiation session with the NHL Players Association at the Westin Times Square Hotel on December 4, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Perhaps we have received a bit more optimism as NHL fans today, following the news that the NHL has offered another proposal to the NHLPA.

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News tweeted this:

I'm hearing NHL has targeted Jan. 19 as potential start date. Would like week-long camp. Wants this deal done by Jan. 10, 11.

— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) December 28, 2012

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reported this on Twitter:


My sources say owners have privately informed Bettman cancelling the season is not an acceptable option.

— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) December 28, 2012


He also tweeted:

The players will have a conference call this afternoon to discuss and outline the offer. #NHL#NHLPA

— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) December 28, 2012

Garrioch also stated on Twitter that he is hearing that the league would want to open camp on January 12th if they were able to get a deal done.

Throughout the lockout, as fans, we have heard it all. We have been forced to believe that there would somehow be a season. I have remained optimistic throughout this whole process, while not having any expectations.

Expectations lead to resentments and offer a chance for disappointment if we don't get what we want. The fact that reports are coming out that the owners believe a cancelled season is "unacceptable" certainly makes me feel that they are going to eventually budge and do whatever it takes to get a deal done.

We have already seen nearly 65 percent of games wiped away this year. If the players aren't going to budge from their standpoints, and they have made clear they won't, the owners are going to have to completely work around their wishes.

We have basically seen it all in this lockout. Players, such as Alexander Ovechkin, are threatening to stay overseas.

We have also seen NHL players taking away the opportunity for non-NHLers to play hockey in their respective countries by stealing spots on their teams.

Enough is enough. A deal needs to get done. Time is wasting. We just want hockey back.

Do whatever you have to do to get the ball rolling. Arena workers are struggling to make a living without their nightly jobs. These workers rely on arena jobs to support their families.

This lockout has been nothing but selfish. Everyone involved in the bargaining is at least a millionaire. Whatever happened to the days when playing in the NHL wasn't all about money, but truly for the love of the game?

Let's just hope the season does start on January 19th so we can get back to watching the greatest show on ice.