Sides aren't focused on present
So this is it. The mother of all crunch times. The fading, labored breaths of a league hooked to a heart monitor for the last half-year. Judgment Day.
Barring a sizeable miracle, the final shovel-load of dirt will be dropped on the NHL's 2004-05 season before month's end. But how typical -- typically sad, typically infuriating, typically laughable -- that the S.S. NHL and the players' association drift silently toward oblivion, while its passengers scream and point as the iceberg draws closer.
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