Has anyone seen this news article? Is it just player posturing or does it merit truth? Tucker says it's toast, Leaf awaits season's cancellation (Toronto Sun) According to Darcy Tucker's lockout clock, midnight has come and gone for a hockey season. "It's 1 a.m., to me," the Maple Leafs forward said yesterday as the NHL prepares the official death notice for some time next week. "I really thought this was over three weeks ago when the time to have a proper season passed." Tucker says he and his union allies are not going to fold at the last second, holding on for a free market system. "We've known a long time this day would come," Tucker said. "We've taken a stance and we believe in it, all 700 of us." Commissioner Gary Bettman said the cancellation of the season was inevitable if no serious collective bargaining was under way with the Players' Association by today and tomorrow. But even if the linkage question is the long sought -after middle ground, it likely won't be applied until later in 2005 or '06. Both Saskin and Daly said neither side had plans to get in touch this weekend and both expect the season to pass away. "It looks bleak at best," Leafs general manager John Ferguson said.