Time is becoming short to get a deal in place.
The NHL and NHLPA "have each other's numbers" (via CSNWashington.com), but that is about as far as any meaningful discussions have gone after negotiations went nowhere yesterday.
The League issued a "proposal to save an 82-game season" (via NHL.com), but when the NHLPA came back with multiple offers, they were quickly turned down in what Commissioner Gary Bettman called "a step backward" from the League's offer.
So will the NHL or NHLPA ever come up with an offer that the other side can agree to?
The answer is a resounding "no," as far as this year is concerned.
Here are four reasons why: