Roman Hamrlik this past week became one of the loudest voices of the NHL lockout. "Disgusted" with the process, he questioned NHL Players' Association head Donald Fehr and called for a vote of 700-plus to get back on the ice.
The NHL entered the final full day of its collective bargaining agreement with no sign of the owners and players coming together to hammer out a new deal.
With only hours until a threatened NHL lockout, the league and the players' union appear no closer to a deal.
The NHL seemed headed for another lockout Friday as neither team owners nor players showed interest in getting back to contract negotiations a day before the old labor deal was set to expire.
The NHL and the players' association have resumed negotiations in an effort to avoid a lockout this weekend.
As hockey prepared for its first work stoppage since the 2004-05 season was wiped out, the NHL Players Association planned to challenge a lockout before the labor board in Quebec.
Marc Bergevin was a busy man on his first foray into NHL free agency as a general manager, signing three players for the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.
Benjamin Franklin made it famous that nothing in life can be certain except death and taxes. So even as the NHL schedule was released Thursday, there's no guarantee it'll play out as scheduled.
George McPhee doesn't look like a man in a hurry. The vacancy sign has been up for a Washington Capitals coach for a month now since Dale Hunter's unsurprising departure, but the urgency to make a move before next weekend's NHL draft isn't there.