Although many are getting their hopes up that the lockout may end with this week's talks between the union and the NHL... I'm not holding my breath just yet. But I was looking ahead to the IIHF World tournament and also the Spengler Cup that is played in early spring 2005. If the NHL has the lockout still in effect, can the players be eligible to play in these tournaments?? If they can, it could make for one of the best IIHF tourneys in quite some time! Even the Spengler would be loaded with very talented players. At least it would be something to look forward to if the NHL can't get something done.