In the back-and-forth between the NHL and the Players' Association, neither side seems willing to budge, and at this point, the sides can't even seem to agree whether or not to meet. When they do, the big issues have a way of going on the backburner.
Earlier Friday, a report emerged that the NHL and commissioner Gary Bettman would officially announce the cancellation of the Winter Classic and All-Star Game, making the situation that much more grim. Likewise, more regular-season cancellations could be on the immediate horizon, as well.
Will the two sides be able to reconcile their differences? If so, when will we see a season? Are we in for another lost year?
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