From this article: http://www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=a2ffc766-eb8a-4ebf-a81d-e165d77d4aad "Mike Gartner was a very, very positive influence in the meeting and we concluded and we all agreed that we have to sit down and work through these issues, that the league needs a new deal, that the players need a new deal and the sooner we can reach a new deal the better," Daly said. "I wish we had that spirit of co-operation of dialogue from the start but we haven't." The focus now is on the 2005-'06 season. After a board of governors meeting the week after next, the league will likely reach out at the NHLPA and try to renew talks in an effort to get a deal done as soon as possible. The league would love to get a deal done by May in order to hold an entry draft in June, reach out to fans and corporate sponsors, market the game with its new rules. In short, re-launch hockey. In effect, this almost seems better. I always respected Gartner and it seems like there are just way too many issues to resolve to finish this CBA. It can't be done over night. From what they are saying here I truly hope they go over every detail, cross every t and dot every i. If there is a deal done in May - that deal would tell us how they plan on doing the draft for 2005. It could be interesting. That motivation is enough. Also, it would allow a proper 2 months of free agent activity before the start of the next season - and the players could come back to NA knowing they were going to training camp come September. I don't think we will see hockey until then, and hopefully they will do this all right.