Do not buy the spread mentioned in the recent Daly article. Good to see that the AP noticed similar things that I posted in some threads yesterday[Kitchen ext/Fraser hiring etc] in their "NHLers already preparing for peace time" article. This lockout is almost, if not already, over with. I don't believe the "we still have alot to do" arguement being released now one bit. Not because I'm hoping or an optimist, rather by recent actions involving the NHL, NHLPA, their leadership, club administrators and the players themselves. We have seen a change in tone from both parties involved in the discussions, working together for long hours, with no immature bashing and direct attacks. We have seen GM hirings/firings, coaching changes/extensions/hirings, a surge in the amount of NHL administrative and marketing job postings, players coming out saying there is deal/close/glad to have a cap and now starting their personal fitness routines and practices. Finally, GM's are beginning to evaluate and discuss possible transactions resulting from this cap. Lawyers never discuss their plans, unless it is a given and to me if things were bad as they have been, we would be hearing alot of "no comments" right now or they wouldn't be on radio shows either. In final, we as fans have been frustrated by what has been before, almost come to, reported as almost concluded by media....Too which both the players and owners took a huge hit publically and financially. What we are seeing today is totally different, the media has been hush/leftout/speculating while the owners and players have been coming out saying it almost over. Can we trust the players and owners?? I say indeed so, afterall they cannot afford to lose another season, to which this sport will die. They know if that is the case, they have no publicity, no fans, no income and most of all, no product. That won't happen.