"I wouldn't expect any miracles at this point," said one owner who participated in the Wednesday meeting of the executive committee. "It is what it is. And what it is, I'd say, is a mess. There doesn't seem to be any way out of it. The people who think all of the [rhetoric] of the last few days is just brinksmanship, and that something big is going to happen [on Thursday] to bail us all out Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ well, unless I fell asleep during the [Wednesday] discussions, it simply isn't going to happen."
Sounds just like where the NHL was before a season was lost.