Sunday, May 22, 2005

Mighty Ducks coach says lockout to be over "within a month"

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim head coach Mike Babcock was interviewed on KABC's SportsZone this afternoon and had this to say about the status of the lockout.

"I think we'll see an agreement reached within the next month or so. I think it's very important to get our season started on time."
Babcock also said that he checks the Unofficial Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Blog "every 30 minutes, just to see what the latest news is." Ok, I made that last part up. But the first part is true.

This goes along with a few articles on TSN.ca that also claim the lockout could be close to an end.

Story #1 - Cautious optimism as NHL talks wrap up
Story #2 - NHL wants deal by mid-June
Story #3 - Bob McKenzie's column about possible end to lockout

At the end of the day, this all means nothing. But, it is at least optimism from a variety of sources. I don't know what Babcock knows about the progress made at the meetings, but he seemed certain, not just optimistic, that the lockout would end relatively soon. That has to be a good sign.

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