File this one under the “Please, Please, Please be true” file. Even though it doesn’t look like it is.
Steve Burton, a reporter from CBS Boston, said that he has sources that stated an unannounced meeting was held on Monday with a high-ranking official from each side, and significant progress has been made in saving the season. Burton also went on to say that an announcement could be made as early as Tuesday or Wednesday.
Now before everyone gets all excited, no one else has confirmed the report. TSN, ESPN, NHL.com, and The Hockey News have nothing on this potential story. Which is bad news. What’s even worse is that Bill Daly pretty much put an end to any hope that the report was going to be true when speaking to Sports Illustrated’s Sarah Kwak. He said “not a single morsel” of the story was accurate.
If by some chance it is true, then Burton will have broken the most important hockey story in quite some time. And if it isn’t true, which seems more and more likely every minute, then he will have successfully raised and crushed the hopes of those wanting to see an NHL season with just a few simple words.
At this point hockey fans can’t take too many more disappointments. Saying an end to the lockout is imminent certainly isn’t the case. Until we hear it straight from Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr, we just have to continue to wait.