08:24 AM ET 12.28 | From here, there are really only two paths. The two sides will soften their positions and agree to play a shortened season, or they will continue to stand on principle and see the league shut down for the second time in eight years. "The NHL is the only one of the four major sports in North America to ever lose a season to a lockout," [Brooks Laich] said. "I don't know how we can possibly do that twice in eight years. I cannot understand or fathom the idea of losing two seasons in eight years. That would be an absolute disgrace. It would be a terrible black eye on the sport of hockey and I think it would have a tremendous ripple effect from diehard fans to kids, especially in non-traditional hockey markets."