Hockey is in the air. Players around the NHL have finally started to take to the ice for scrimmages and practices, despite the whole lockout thing.

There isn’t anything to report on the CBA front, but hopefully with the sense that hockey should be around the corner, the folks in charge can buckle down and get something set up. Though it isn’t necessarily about hammering out a deal over the course of many hours, as Clarke MacArthur mentioned yesterday:

It just shows there—s still some work to be done, said MacArthur. Maybe instead of going at it every day, it—s better to take some time. And think things over, and reassess.”

With talks stalled, maybe MacArthur is right and when the NHL and PA get back to it, they can do so with more reasonable proposals.

On to the links;

Grading day: Part II (VLM)

Why the league cries poor (NHLNumbers)

What to expect from a Carlyle-led Leafs team (BCP)

Anselmi takes over MLSE (TLN)

Leafs hit the ice for season that may not happen (The Star)

Kessel: A Leaf Lifer? Maybe Not (TLN)

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