from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
In reality, you are no closer to a settlement than you were in September.
Your rhetoric has gotten older than the Phillies' roster.
Your bickering has become as annoying as the guy who whines about his fantasy football injuries.
Your lack of progress and your disregard for the fans - the folks who supplied you with a record $3.3 billion in revenue last season - have threatened to put hockey somewhere between badminton and roller derby on sports' popularity chain.
Shame on you.
You have done a great disservice to the men who built the NHL into such a wonderful game. From greats such as Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, and Wayne Gretzky, to grinders such as Bobby Clarke, Gary Roberts, and Dale Hunter.
In other words, compromise for the good of the sport.