OK, a verbal agreement to a new CBA. BUT, is there really good cause for such jubilence? Even with the new deal that will be ratified in all likelihood, is all this optimism founded? Some see the glass half full, some half empty, I'm trying to discern what fluid is in the glass. The way I see it is the lockout dealt a huge blow to a fragile NHL. I don't want to be right here, but is this realistic? There's no way to hide from the fact that the NHL, like the country is in very poor shape. So was the lockout the abysmal depth of the hockey depression, or could there conceivably be an end to the league?