This is Day 31 of the NHL lockout, 2012 edition. Every day, we'll serve up some CBA talk and help you get your hockey fix. Let's begin, shall we?
• The lockout has eaten up a total of 179 games -- 97 preseason games and 82 regular-season games. Talks will resume on Tuesday.
• Speaking of the talks, it's possible the two sides might actually have conversations about the main economic issues, something that hasn't really happened since the lockout began a month ago. Most of the talks have focused on secondary issues, but nothing will get settled until the financial issues get ironed out. [Canadian Press]
• You know what a good relationship needs? Compromise. And nobody seems willing to do that yet. [Sportsnet]
Everybody is weighing in on the NHL lockout at this point, and that includes movie director (and noted hockey fan) Kevin Smith. [ESPN]
• Jesse Spector of the Sporting News argues the NHL needs to use science to improve the game. I know what else will improve the game: Not having a lockout every seven years. [Sporting News]
• Would the NHL ever consider a luxury tax system? [PHT]
Let's rewind to 1996 and the third overtime of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final when Uwe Krupp's innocent slap shot from the point clinched Colorado's first championship.