Today we shared the story of one casualty of the lockout, James Durham, a minor-league player who lost his job because of the trickledown effect caused by NHLers playing in the AHL.
The next story appears to be the demise of the Winter Classic.
It's being widely rumored and reported that this season's outdoor game, set to be the biggest ever with Detroit hosting Toronto in 110,000-seat Michigan Stadium, will be canceled either today or Friday.
The NHL and NHL Players' Association still haven't resumed negotiations since rejecting proposals in mid-October, and a $250,000 deposit to the University of Michigan is reportedly due Friday to hold the Big House for New Year's Day.
The Winter Classic remains a special event for fans in Buffalo, who hosted the inaugural event Jan. 1, 2008. Here is a video reminder of the Sabres meeting the Penguins in Ralph Wilson Stadium.