Read: It Is Possible That Things May Actually Be On Track

At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun writes that for the first time negotiations have really started between the owners and players in regard to getting a new CBA.

He notes that yesterday’s meeting was for over seven hours and both sides finally stayed quiet afterwards.

LeBrun writes “One meaningful day doesn’t mean the end. There is still lots of ground to cover here, folks. But at least they actually met. And stayed. And talked.”

Michael Grange writes at Sportsnet that the time has come for Donald Fehr to do the job he was hired to do and close a deal.

Bruce Garrioch tweets:

  • “Don’t get your hopes up over NHL talks yet. Lots of issues to cover. Lots.”
  • “People want to be optimistic. They have to be realistic. Lots of racetrack to cover. IF talks get serious this will go several days.”

Adam Rotter:I have thought since that first secret meeting that we would have a season by at least Christmas and while there is still a lot of work to do, I feel confident in saying that Rick Nash will make his Rangers debut before 2013. It’s not going to be as easy as them meeting today and tomorrow and them getting a deal. There are going to be setbacks and doom and gloom, but the pressure to make a deal is growing stronger on both sides and that will ultimately get the deal done.