2:50PM: Nick Cotsonika tweets that in a role reversal, it is the NHL side of things that is saying things are close instead of the PA.
2:43PM: Aaron Portzline spoke with the a player who said that people were getting “ahead of themselves right now” and nothing is guaranteed.
John Shannon tweets that the pension issue has been resolved.
2:33PM: LeBrun says that the only thing that is really known right now is that the mediator felt the two sides were close enough to bring together.
2:31PM: Doug MacLean, on Sportsnet, once again said that neither side has the guts to cancel the season.
1:51PM:Kypreos says “Source “tentative deal could be done within 24 hrs or #NHLPA could serve #NHL notice to disclaim early as 2day. Present meeting is huge.”
LeBrun adds: “Pressure cooker day. Traction in talks juxtaposed with NHLPA re-arming itself with disclaimer hammer this evening…”
1:42PM:Bruce Garrioch tweets “For the first time in months there is optimism surrounding these talks”
The NHL, NHLPA and mediator are meeting at the NHLPA hotel.
Elliotte Friedman tweets “Still work to be done…movement, but we’ve seemed close before. All we can do is hope this will be different”
Chris Botta says “NHL deal edging closer. Hurdles left that will need some time, but you can plan on the season starting in 2 weeks.”
Darren Dreger says “PA hotel is buzzing in anticipation. Down to minimal issues…but, still not done. And definition of “minimal” may differ” and “Well, if its a close as we’re sensing it could be a very “good day” according to source.”
Nick Kypreos adds “source says mediator work last 24hrs has help bridge gap on many issues. Stay tuned..”