It looks like the NHL and Players Association are ready to resume talks this week (most likely Tuesday), and now we can briefly have hope again.

Certainly, a marathon talk between Bill Daly and Steve Fehr is a good start, and it gives even more reason for optimism that nothing was leaked from this meeting.

Where I lose some of my optimism is in a) the fact that this deal will rely on Jeremy Jacobs’ ability to compromise, and b) we live in a world where players value the opinion of clowns like Allan Walsh.

Neither side is content to reach the compromise we all envision for them, and both sides will need to let go of this trying to win philosophy that has cost them a quarter of a seasons revenue.

I—ll cap this rant early, but root for radio silence on both sides (an understandable challenge for the PA with 700+ members).

Monday Morning Links

Report: New Round of CBA talks planned for next week

Daly and Fehr meet to find common ground

Daly says marathon CBA session covered a lot of ground

Lockout will affect World Junior Team Roster
There could be a few more Leafs in the mix if players like Nugent-Hopkins, Huberdeau, D.Hamilton, R.Murphy and Strome weren—t locks for the team.

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Garret Sparks eyes Team USA
Sparks is considered by many to be the best bet for the backup job on the junior team. If he has a few more games like the one last Friday, he—ll be a lock.

NHLers lighting it up as kids
Believe it or not Lombardi didn—t always fire the puck dead center into the goaltenders chest.

Jeremy Roenick wants to fight a twitter follower for charity by needs legal advice first
In what is one of the best twitter exchanges you—ll ever read, @thekidcanada reminds Roenick that there is a lot of paperwork that goes into punching people in the face.

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