Negotiations hatch confusion, not hope

Originally Published: July 21, 2004
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

The sign says "progress."

Turn it around and it says "dead end."

One voice says here are options, possibilities.

Anyone who suggests there is no urgency because there are 54 fat days between now and the end of the current CBA on Sept. 15, does not understand the precarious position of this game.

Another voice says this is pointless.

Four hours later and all we're left with after the first meetings between the National Hockey League ...

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