Glass Half Full of Ice? Sudden Optimism in NHL Labor Fight

Glass Half Full of Ice? Sudden Optimism in NHL Labor Fight

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Last week, the NHL cancelled the Winter Classic, and the
initial fear was it might be only a matter of time before the entire season came
next. Since then, negotiations between the league and players association on a
new collective bargaining agreement have picked back up, with some reports even
predicting a resolution could occur in the next two weeks.

Tim Panaccio has been keeping up on the so-called secret
meetings between representation for owners and union over the weekend, which
are expected to continue into this week. Panotch was willing to describe the
talks as progress,
while others are digging much deeper in their inferences to
the meaning and potential details of these discussions.

In the video above, Al Morganti views the silence
surrounding exactly what is being discussed at these meetings as a positive,
and goes so far as to say he believes the lockout could be over in 10 days – or
not at all. His sense is talks finally have a purpose, so if both sides are
going to cut to the heart of the issues, now is the time.

Frank Seravalli for the Daily News seems to be on the same
page as Morganti. In his Monday article, Seravalli agrees on a similar timeline
of agreement being possible “in the next 10 to 15 days,” and specifically
mentions a 64-game season as a possibility. It should be noted that’s similar
to the 66-game slate the NBA went with after its own lockout-shortened campaign
a year ago.

At this point, it’s all speculation, but speculation is
better than the hopeless feeling another season could be lost. If the players
and owners really do somehow manage to bridge their differences in the next two
weeks or so, not only could they save some face, but probably the sport along
the way.

Morganti is probably right though. If this situation isn’t
any closer to being figured out in the very near future, with the Classic gone
and precious little time to organize a season, then what is left to keep the
dispute from dragging on? We’re not out of the woods yet, but if either side is
committed to playing NHL hockey within the next couple months, something has
got to give soon.

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Eagles-Steelers inactives: Mychal Kendricks active

Eagles-Steelers inactives: Mychal Kendricks active

Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who entered the weekend listed as questionable, is active for the team’s game against the Steelers on Sunday afternoon.

Kendricks suffered a broken nose and a quad contusion in last week’s game against the Bears in Chicago. After missing practice for a couple days, he returned in full on Friday and was expected to be ready to go.

In past years, Kendricks would have likely been listed as probable, but the NFL confusingly did away with its “probable” label on injury reports this season.

As for the players who aren’t playing on Sunday, there aren’t any surprises. Zach Ertz (ribs), Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) and Isaac Seumalo (pec) were all ruled out earlier in the week and are inactive.

Brent Celek will start at tight end for Ertz and Ron Brooks will start at corner for McKelvin. Expect rookie Jalen Mills to be on the field as the outside corner in the nickel package.

Joining them on the list of inactives are WR Bryce Treggs, OL Dillon Gordon, OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai and OL Josh Andrews.

If you’re wondering about Treggs, the receiver the Eagles claimed off waivers from the 49ers and last cuts, it seems like the team isn’t ready to activate him just yet. Here’s what Pederson said on Friday about Treggs and the possibility of activating him:

“Yeah, it’s tough to keep the five receivers up based on what you need, defense, special teams and all that,” Pederson said. “He’s shown flashes of his speed in practice and doing a nice job there. And with him too, much like DGB, it’s how well he can process and how well he knows the system in order for him to, one, be active and, two, get a chance to play.”

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