from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
With less than a week remaining for the NHL and NHLPA to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement, there has been little optimism that a lockout can be avoided.
However, several people within the New York Rangers organization expressed hope that an agreement can be reached in order for the puck to drop on time next month.
"The only thing I can say is that I want us to play hockey," Rangers owner James Dolan said when reached at the team's first annual charity dog walk in Riverside Park.
"I'm always optimistic," echoed Rangers general manager Glen Sather.