Wisely taking advantage of all the excitement over hockey these days, Versus is loading up with five bonus games during the first week of March.

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But what about DirecTV customers, who have been without the station all season due to a stalemate in distribution contract talks?

I asked Versus for an update and was given this statement by a spokesperson:

"At this time, we are not optimistic that an agreement will be in place with DirecTV in time for the start of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs."