Perhaps from the inside this all makes sense. Maybe if you negotiate labour agreements all the time what's going on in the NHL lockout doesn't seem flat-out weird.
Maybe all that's gone on in the past week as the lockout heads for its third month corresponds to a bigger picture; a tidal ebb and flow. Maybe Don Fehr and Gary Bettman really do know what they're doing.
The trick for the rest of us is not to get to caught up in all the splashes and ripples that keep popping up, giving the appearance the 2012-13 season is drowning, miles off shore.
Because from the outside the whole thing seems flat-out weird.