When the Los Angeles Kings won the clinching game of the Stanley Cup Final on June 11, it was hard to imagine that the summer of 2012 would pass without the NHL and its players association agreeing to a new collective bargaining agreement.
After all, the league's profits have skyrocketed since the last lockout cancelled the 2004-05 season, and it seemed impossible that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman would allow another lockout after all of the negative attention he received eight years ago.
But over two months later, there's still no deal, and that's a problem. The current CBA expires on Sept. 15, and Bettman has stated that the owners intend to lock out the players if the two sides can't reach an agreement by then.
NESN's Andy Brickley and Billy Jaffe take a look at the current status of negotiations on Bruins Face-Off Live.