It's hard to know what's going on as the NHL and players' association continue negotiating, but one thing is certain: time is running out.
While playing in the Swiss elite league, Joe Thornton and Rick Nash have discovered how spoiled they are in the NHL.
This much is certain: The NHL's CBA will expire at midnight Wedneday. The rest? Who knows.
The lockout may well be just a starting point for cataclysmic upheaval that may best be likened to hockey's nuclear winter.