08:27 AM ET 11.02 | On what may be its darkest day in some time, that of the cancellation of the Winter Classic, players appear to be as galvanized as ever. The league opened with a draconian proposal, budged a little and then essentially shut down the talks with its take-it-or-leave-it approach. As a result, we won???t see the NHL resume play any time soon. The impact of this latest player lockout will be profound. The fan base will erode dramatically in many markets. Some owners will opt out of the business. A team or two could move. Dozens of players will see their careers end. Others may opt to remain in Europe. ... Much of the progress made since the last lockout will be lost. Hockey will remain a fringe sport in this country, well out of the mainstream.