No, the above image is not Photoshopped.
Bill Daly of the NHL and Steve Fehr of the NHL Players' Association really did stand side-by-side after Tuesday's marathon meeting between players and team owners.
They said nice things, using hot-button phrases like "encouraging" and "good dialogue" and "constructive day."
Without going into detail, Daly and Fehr suggested that the two sides are open to new compromises.
That impression is further bolstered by anonymous sources quoted in the media.
All of which revives long-dormant hope for a possible end to the NHL lockout.
Of course, Tuesday's meeting took place without the two main players.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA head Don Fehr were not in the room.
During previous negotiating sessions, those two buzz killers have always managed to snuff out any sense of progress.
Whether the current meetings go anywhere will depend largely on whether the spirit of compromise continues once Bettman and Fehr get involved.
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