Gainey was interviewed along with Julien on RDS today (TSN's sister station). Gainey did say that he was not optimistic about there being hockey this season, but "one day" there would be hockey again in the NHL but he didn't know when. Right at the end of the piece, it was mentioned that Gainey was still unsure of wether there would be a Draft in June. I think this is positive, as he could have just said that if there is no season, then there would be no draft. But they didn't. The door was left open. Now I understand that the Draft is a part of the CBA and that without one there are no guidelines for the event. But just because they can't agree on how to distribute revenue, that doesn't mean they can't agree that the Draft is a vital part of the future of the NHL. I am sure they can make a special agreement outlining the guidelines for a 2005 draft so that at least part of the NHL can go on regardless of wether games were played or not.