Now that the NHL and NHLPA have completed their initial posturing with both sides establishing a seemingly insermountable stance for their respective sides, it's time to move forward and find solutions as quickly as possible as the fate of hockey and continued fan support in North America could be in jeopordy if they don't. Sure there will always be support in Canada and 3 or 4 U.S. cities but even in the keenest hockey hotbeds they will lose fans as well if this mess doesn't start to get handled with more thoughtfulness and respect for each others position as well as in the best interest of the game and it's fans. WHY WAIT 6 months or longer just to gain a few inches in the negotiations or in an attempt to break the NHLPA? Makes no sense to the fans and is extremely harmful to the future growth of hockey. Find some middle ground and get it going. A compromised form of cost certainty which is understadable and makes good business sense with some real incentives to the players side for good performance would be a good starting point.