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Monday's Dump & Chase: Now Would Be a Good Time to Strike a Deal

There really wasn't much news about the CBA negotiations over the weekend, just mentions from various media outlets that the NHL and NHLPA had been in contact, without any formal negotiating sessions. With Thursday being set as the deadline to save an 82-game season, will both sides continue to make progress and get a deal done? When I asked that question last night on Facebook, the votes came in more than 4-to-1 on the "No" side, but where do you stand?

Think about that question while reading your morning hockey notes.

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Nashville Predators News

Paul McCann - Pics from Saturday and Living Up to Your Word
At last, we have pictures of hockey at Bridgestone Arena...

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It was an up-and-down weekend for Milwaukee as they journeyed into Texas for a pair of games.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

NHL deputy commissioner Daly says framework for new CBA is on the table - The Globe and Mail
Are we heading into the home stretch? Let's hope so.

Tom Benjamin's NHL Blog ::
Tom's in a pretty dour mood, but for the first time in this process, I'm starting to get optimistic.

NHL lockout: Players pay now for NHLPA coup: Cox -
Thanks to Predaceous for passing this one along, which asks the question of whether the players made a mistake in dumping Paul Kelly (who had been working on a congenial relationship with the NHL) in favor of Don Fehr a couple years back. It's worth noting that given their history, it's understandable why the players might be suspicious of a guy seen as too cozy with the owners.

Shannon: Luongo will be traded to Leafs -
The Hockeycentral analyst says that as soon as the CBA gets done, so will this deal, which could be a huge shot in the arm for the Maple Leafs.

Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace and LA Lakers meet the Stanley Cup (PHOTOS) | Puck Daddy
Your daily dose of odd.

Ben Eager of Oilers charged with assault after Toronto pub fight | Puck Daddy
See... we've got to get these guys back in the rink!