As the NHL lockout continues, the chances of a new CBA being reached are shrinking with each passing day. Fans thought they were going to be able to breathe a sigh of relief when a 50-50 revenue split was offered last week; however, smaller issues caused the players to reject what seemed like a season-saving offer.
With the fan-favorite Winter Classic next on the chopping block, things are not looking good for those hoping for an NHL season. The Winter Classic has been the big ticket revenue item for the NHL in the most recent seasons. Fans all around the league had hoped that a deal would be reached for the league to save the fledgling New Year's tradition. Chances of that are looking very slim right now.
Players and owners just do not seem to be seeing eye to eye on smaller issues such as contracts. Unless a miracle happens in the next few weeks, do not expect to see your favorite NHL players lacing up their skates in North America this season.
For hockey fans, the best chance to see their favorite players play this year will be watching European league games or replays from last season. Here are five reasons that the NHL season will not be happening this year.