The NHL and NHLPA have reached a point of potentially experiencing a second NHL lockout in less than a decade.
There are significant losers if this does happen, and very limited winners as well.
So, why has it not been resolved?
That's for both parties to figure out, but it seems the difference in desires for the new CBA will continue to hinder the possibility of hockey resuming on schedule.
As mentioned, this will be the second lockout for the NHL since 2004-05. If it does happen, many fans will be experiencing another void in their lives, as they did eight years ago.
After all the hype of the offseason, including Rick Nash with the Rangers, or Zach Parise and Ryan Suter heading to Minnesota, losing this season will mean a lot to both the teams and the fans.
Here are the five most important reasons the NHL and NHLPA need to avoid another lockout.