The trip isn’t over, but you can see it from here. The great NHL lockout of 2012 will stretch into 2013 and it has been an enormous and quantifiable waste of time. It has been made necessary by a league that seems more interested in across-the-board savings rather than truly fixing its structural weaknesses, and by players who have been stubbornly resisting the idea, and paying for it.
For all the fits and starts, the pointless side roads and the winding switchbacks, the only question is whether there will be a season. And we’re going to find out soon.