So some National Hockey League players will meet face-to-face with NHL owners Tuesday.
Is there any hope for a new collective bargaining agreement that would end the ongoing lockout? Or will the NHL keep marching toward brand suicide?
We shall see. There was a spasm of optimism in the Twitterverse Tuesday, but it faded quickly. Here is what folks were saying today:
Jeremy Rutherford: “Steve Burton of @wbzsports in Boston is reporting that a deal to end the lockout could be announced soon. Burton is very tuned into Bruins.”
Jesse Spector: “WBZ is a perfectly fine news source, and it is in Jeremy Jacobs’ team’s city. Full credit if they’re right, but . . . I’m also not going to get all fired up over “could.” Way too many incidents of false hope throughout this saga.”
Adrian Dater: “For the record, nothing I've been told would back up WBZ story. I hope it's right, but...ain't making plane reservations to Calgary yet.”
Sarah Kwak: “Asked if there was ANY MORSEL of truth to WBZ report that deal is imminent, B.Daly: ‘Not even a single morsel . . .’ Great. And now I'm hungry.”
Bruce Garrioch: “It took the #NHL and the #NHLPA 3 days to agree to a meeting. Does anybody honestly think agreed to a deal?”
Allen Walsh: “Do you really need any of us to tell you (unfortunately) that it’s baloney?”
Dave Molinari: “Penguins D Matt Niskanen, on Crosby joining CBA talks: ‘He’s a smart guy. He knows the ins-and-outs of what’s going on in the negotiations.’”
Andy Strickland: “Some suggest #NHLPA would cave on "make whole" if owners give in on contract rights and proposed pension #NHL”
Kevin Paul Dupont: “Yep, the Pope opened up a Twitter account (@Pontifex) before the NHL came up w/ new CBA. Now, about that snowball's chance in . . .”
Adam Proteau: “As the NHL speeds to the edge of its own fiscal cliff, this lockout's end game is starting to look like the conclusion of Thelma & Louise.”