IT'S not just a line drawn in the sand that separates the National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association right now.

No, the divide is a deep, deep trench.

Although the lockout is less than a week old, the evidence is mounting that the frustration might only separate the two sides further.

Case in point: Winnipeg Jets' captain Andrew Ladd was asked Wednesday if there were any plans to get more of his teammates together for controlled scrimmages as a unit.

His answer hammered home how divisive the lockout has already become.

"We're locked out," Ladd said. "(Getting more guys in Winnipeg) is helping the Winnipeg Jets... you know what I mean? This is a lockout. Our main priority isn't to stay ready for them, it's more for ourselves."