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Saturday's Dump & Chase: Hope Springs Eternal in NHL CBA Talks

While a solution may not be right around the corner, this morning's hockey notes include reasons to be hopeful that progress is indeed being made in the NHL CBA negotiations...

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Will we get the chance to pack Bridgestone Arena soon?
Will we get the chance to pack Bridgestone Arena soon?
Frederick Breedon

Nashville Predators News

NHL & NHLPA: Out of Touch with Reality | ladypreds
Even the Lady Preds are turning sour over this long mess.

Smashville 24/7 - Player reaction to Thursday’s talks
A number of the vets sound off on the NHL's quick dismissal of the players' proposals.

NHL checks itself on head injuries | The Tennessean
Can the league do more to help prevent concussions?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

CBA Optimism: A Good Week |
Until I got distracted with an hour-long phone call with PayPal support last night, this was something I was trying to look into, comparing the current owners' offer with the one from about a month ago. Remember Gary Bettman's talk about how the offers would get worse once they passed the September 15 deadline? Well, it didn't work out that way: real progress is being made once you get past the noise and look at the details.

Dreger: NHL and NHLPA believe there's a deal to be made - TSN
Darren Dreger sees hope as well, as both sides at least have a route to a deal which preserves their key interests.

Fehr singularly dedicated to his employers - The Globe and Mail
Here's one way in which Don Fehr & Gary Bettman share common ground.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman dismisses players association’s counter proposals to end lockout -
OK, the bit at the very end here is funny.

The NHL’s free agency period may never be the same | Backhand Shelf
Here's an excellent point in support of limits on the length of contracts.

How were the KHL’s ratings on ESPN2? Better than Dan Le Batard, not as good as poker | Puck Daddy
Overall they weren't so hot, which is hardly unexpected.

Rivalry between Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche set stage for Steve Yzerman's 500th NHL goal -
I was at this game, and the ovation which followed Yzerman's 500th goal was simply deafening. Just when you thought it was about to die down, it would surge again even louder than before.

Bauer to bid for NHL jersey license in 2016 -
Reebok has been the league's jersey partner for the last several years, but this would prove to be a huge coup for Bauer if they could pull it off.

Rick Reilly Got Fooled By A Satirical Blog Post (Again) - Deadspin
Quick, somebody clue Reilly in to the rumor mongers, that will give him plenty of NHL material.

As father fights terminal cancer, NHL fan slams lockout in jarring clip (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Family connections are often a huge part of sports fandom, and it's a shame to see a fight over money get in the way of that.

Expansion Blues | Backhand Shelf
E doesn't dig the 30-team NHL, let alone a 32-team one. I say, the more the merrier!