http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20050130.wlockout31/BNStory/Sports/ Bill Daly, the executive vice-president of the National Hockey League, calls this week "very crucial" in terms of resolving the stalemate over a collective labour agreement. He adds that although the league and the National Hockey League Players' Association have no meetings scheduled, he is confident talks will take place this week. "I'm not sure there is any difference of opinion," Daly said. "I like to remain hopeful, but if the concepts we discussed with the [NHLPA] on Thursday night are not something that forms a basis for serious negotiations, I have to admit that I don't have much optimism that there will be hockey this year. "I don't want to put odds on the likelihood this can get resolved. We'll just keep working on it and hope we can come to an agreement." So pretty much they will talk and nothing will come of it. This is actually the best week to cancel a season. Its Super Bowl week in America and that will remain the bigger story. It will really say something for the state of the NHL if T.O. playing will be a bigger story than a pro league letting a season go.