While the NHL and the NHLPA keep going around and around, fans are wondering if there's a point.
For NHL fans, this past week was very much up and down emotionally.
The Edmonton Oilers owner visited Seattle last week to gain some leverage in regards to a new arena in his town, but the New York Islanders may be a team actually on the move.
The 2012 NHL lockout is at the end of its first week, with preseason games having already been canceled. No progress has been made since it started, and players are already signing with teams in Europe.
There has been much speculation as to whether or not the NHL will lockout its players, but at this point, it looks like a done deal.
All sports fans have their quirks, depending on the sport, but hockey fans are a family.
Europe isn't just a popular destination for vacations. It's also a popular destination for out-of-work NHLers looking to play during a long lockout.
The NHL/NHLPA rhetoric is in full swing, but there are some hopeful signs to this labor negotiation.
Despite losing a season to a lockout eight years ago, the NHL may be heading that way again. There's still time for things to be worked out, however.