Every week we go to the chat rooms to check in with our NHL experts to find out the latest on the lockout. And every week, it seems, we find out we don't really have much of anything new to talk about. Was this week any different? We'll let our hockey insiders let you know. For all of our other chats, check out our chat archive page.
Justin (Long Island, NY)
Are we at the point now where a tentative deal could be done whenever they meet?
Craig Custance, NHL Insider
Yeah Justin, I really believe that. Talking to people who were part of the negotiations in NY, they stressed just how close they were to making a deal last week. It's too bad it all unraveled the way it did. But yeah, we're at the point in negotiations where a little movement each way could get a deal done. Full transcript
For weeks, I've heard experts say they can't imagine the season being punted. Is this sentiment starting to change?
Scott Burnside, NHL reporter
Alex, not sure the sentiment has changed but the worry factor is up. I think a lot of us have assumed a kind of brinksmanship at play here; Fehr waiting for the very final reel to close a deal. Question is whether he knows when that reel is playing. I'd say it's on now. Full transcript
Should the lockout end and we get, say, a 48 game schedule, do you see anything happening in terms of playoff races that might not have happened in a full 82 game schedule?
Katie Strang, NHL writer
Yup, I think they will toy with implementing a play-in game for the last playoff spot in each conference. NHL is smart enough to know it needs to rebuild some equity with the fans and I think they will try some creative concepts to achieve that. Lockout or not, I actually really like this idea. Full transcript