From the everybody hopes that its true department:
WBZ sports anchor Steve Burton, seemingly out of left field, reported on Monday that a new CBA could be announced by the NHL as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday. According to Burton, owners and players have made great progress behind closed doors and it looks like the season will be salvaged, according to the @WBZsports twitter account. Burton also went with the report on the 6 p.m. telecast on WBZ-TV.
CSNNE.com checked in with a source and was told Burtons report was interesting, but not true. The source said it was the first they had heard of anything remotely close to that.
Similarly, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Sports Illustrated's Sarah Kwak that "not a single morsel" of the report was true.
But one interesting note about Burton: While hes not normally around the Bruins all that much during the season, he was the reporter who roke the news about Phil Kessel being diagnosed with testicular cancer during the 2006-07 season. So there is a small track record there for his having some unique insight into news breaking out of the Bruins camp. And keep in mind that WBZ's FM radio outlet, 98.5 The Sports Hub, is the Bruins' broadcast partner.
A group of players and six NHL owners are set to sit down for a meeting in New York City on Tuesday afternoon. Both NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr are stepping away from the bargaining table on Tuesday, and the hope is that some new blood can spark something.
NHL ownership from Boston, Pittsburgh, Calgary, Tampa Bay, Winnipeg and Toronto will be attending Tuesdays meeting, and reports indicate both Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews will be among the player representatives.
Every indication has been that the NHLPA is pursuing options for decertification and the NHL Board of Governors is set to schedule some kind of cancel date on the entire season during a scheduled Dec. 5 meeting. So news of an imminent deal is nothing short of shocking in all hockey circles.