On Monday, December 10, the NHL canceled another batch of games, up to December 31.
James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail suggests that only a month remains to salvage a season, so now the pressure's on. After rays of hope early last week from the player-owner talks, the two sides stormed off to their respective corners as they hit another impasse.
If they can't find a way to bridge the gap soon, the record books will have another blank line like 2004-05: "DID NOT PLAY."
Now that the cancellation of the season is more than just a distant possibility, let's take a look at five of the biggest losses that fans will suffer if the NHL and the Players' Association fail to reach an agreement in the next few weeks.