The NHL lockout drags along, as temporary optimism is constantly replaced by the recurring reality of the philosophical differences between the NHL and NHLPA.
The labor dispute has a huge effect on the Philadelphia Flyers, who stood to be one of the Eastern Conference's Stanley Cup contenders in 2012-13 behind their rising superstar Claude Giroux.
After bursting onto the scene in 2011-12, Giroux seemed poised to continue his rise to stardom this season while serving as the top centerman on one of the league's most potent offenses. Alas, the arguments over the structure of the new collective bargaining agreement have put Giroux's development in the NHL on hold.
Here are five reasons Giroux has a lot to lose if this lockout takes away the season in its entirety.