Well, it's after midnight which makes it December 9th, which means today is the first time in three months the NHL and NHLPA are going to meet. At least twice this week, someone has asked me when they were meeting. I'm a little ashamed to admit I do have a little glimmer of hope, it being the Christmas season and all, that the lockout will be over and it'll be the NHL Miracle of the Season. Random fact: I have not watched any hockey movies during the lockout. One would think the movie Miracle would be living in my DVD player. But this is where being a Netflix member is handy.
There was a two-page article in the Boston Herald paper Wednesday about locked out local NHLers. Of course it's not online to make life easier. The article, Locked out NHL players wait for thaw [Local NHL skaters keep skills sharp as sides head back to bargaining table] says a group of 10 NHLers "who grew up in the Boston area gathered at Harvard's Bright Hockey Center two days before Thanksgiving wearing jerseys that read 'NHL Players Association - Goals and Dreams'." Among those NHLers were Bruins Tom Fitzgerald, Hal Gill, Sabre Mike Grier, former Bruin/current Star Don Sweeney, and Ranger Mike Dunham. They have been doing skating sessions twice a week in between off-ice workouts. Gill has become "Mr. Mom" taking care of three and a half month old daughter Isabelle when he's not working out in the morning. There are also pictures of Grier, Fitzgerald and Gill. Hopefully the article will be online soon. This was the first part of a two part series. Part two is Bruins management weighing in on its position... Bruins brass get empty feeling [Yet Sinden and Co. believe lockout necessary to save game for future]
Edit/Update sometime after 3 a.m.
The article is finally online, as well as part two. So the links are now above. In the part you just got through reading, and possibly clicking. I'd just thought I'd let you know, instead of making a new post. Carry on.
The Providence Bruins beat Albany 5-4 on Wednesday in an overtime shootout. Shootout goals were scored by Andy Hilbert and Keith Aucoin. Cody Rudkowsky stopped all four Albany shooters in the shootout. Rudkowsky started the past three games. Which leads me to this post on the HF Boards that speculates Hannu Toivonen might have suffered a slight concussion last weekend.
- Bruins Bergeron heads to the Worlds Bergeron will be leaving after Sunday's game.
Players participating in the WorldStars European tour will keep updated about the lockout news with their laptops. If there is any (good) news anyway. (I can be a little optimistic.)
The 12 unwritten rules of hockey journalism are in the latest issue of The Hockey News, which arrived at my house Wednesday.
There's a feature about the 1929-1930 Bruins on NHL.com.
The greatest moments in Boston sports might end up the Red Sox vs. well, the Red Sox. The current final four are the Sox World Series win against Bobby Orr's 1970 OT Cup winning goal, and the Sox ALCS win over the Yankees against the Patriots win over the Rams for the Superbowl. This should be interesting.
-Poll: Do you miss the NHL?
Look at all this optimism!
- Bettman puts on an optimistic face
- Both sides optimistic with NHL talks back [But few expect lockout will end any time soon / Details emerge of latest offer from players' union]
Adding another for the optimists... "I don't know. I'm optimistic, but every day that goes by it's getting more difficult to get a deal. They have a lot of work to do," said O'Connell. [Quote from part two.]
Okay, so it sounds like he's more on the fence and just saying he's optimistic.
What are your opinions about the meeting today? Are you optimistic or pessimistic, or perhaps you don't really care (yet)?