For once, I'd like to give this guy a rest from action photos. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Where There's Smoke...

AS OF THIS VERY MINUTE, the Internet is full of optimism.  Owners and players are having meetings that aren’t resulting in lunch trays being thrown at each other, and for the most part it appears that both sides are at least trying to play nice.

I always try to take these positive tidbits with a grain of salt…

…but when I see things like this, I get a little excited inside. (If you don’t follow Lee, he’s more than a worthy follow.  He’s a much worthier follow than that Weather Bot that’s wrong 80% of the time).

It’s not a done deal by any stretch of the imagination.  But if/when this thing gets off the ground, it’ll be good for everyone.

It’ll certainly be good for the fans.  It’ll help unwind that unhealthy Jenga obsession we’ve developed over the past two months.  Or maybe your vice was canning preserves.  Either way, it’ll be good to get back to the NHL if we’re offered the chance.

It’s got to be good for the players.  Please bring them back from Europe, or Asia, or Eurasia, Australasia, or Antarctica, or the Cigar Galaxy, or wherever they’re currently at.  Please bring Sam Gagner back to Edmonton.

The sponsors that are still hanging on to this league have got to be pleased.  I’m not sure if beer sales will improve or decline once this is worked out, but you can bet that things will be rip roaring once that first Saturday night game is on Hockey Night.

And perhaps the most self-serving reason?  I’ll have something to write about other than how upset I am that there’s a lockout.  I know this has been tough on you guys, and I know that some days the stuff that I push may be as interesting as a cat fart in a sandbox.  Having NHL hockey would help out a lot.

Seriously, let’s never have another lockout.  Okay?

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