Maybe they're enjoying the time off.
How else to explain the paltry efforts to end the NHL lockout, and the lack of urgency shown by both sides?
Collective bargaining agreements are usually achieved through collective bargaining. No surprise there.
But we've seen little bargaining between the NHL and the Players' Association.
All they've done is present elaborate proposals to each other, reject those proposals, and walk away in frustration.
While the dreary gamesmanship continues, fans must seek their hockey fix elsewhere.
This week we present a guide to college hockey as played in the U.S. and Canada.
Photo: The Minnesota Gophers celebrate their 2012 NCAA Women's Hockey Championship (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images).