Ryane Clowe is holding onto hope that CBA talks will progress with the deadline until a lockout quickly approaching.
"I think when you get to these situations, people say 'why didn't you start negotiating sooner?' But, it always seems to come down to the last minute anyway," he said. "I'm guessing that's what's going to happen. My feeling is that both sides want to get something done. I strongly believe that. When, and how soon? Maybe sooner rather than later, but that's just my gut feeling." Clowe skated with more than 20 NHL players and prospects on Monday at an informal practice at Sharks Ice.