NHL Power Rankings: How Much Will Each Franchise Be Affected by the Lockout?

September 17th, 2012 by Tom Schreier Leave a reply »
It’s that time of year again.

The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing color and the junior hockey players have already begun their showcase tournaments.

With its new cable deal, $3.3 billion in revenue and rejuvenated interest now that the odor from the 2004-05 lockout is beginning to dissipate the league has never been in a better place:

Parity across the board: seven championships in seven years.

Success in non-traditional markets: the Sharks drawing large crowds, Tampa Bay ready to bounce back, the Stars looking like a playoff team and Los Angeles winning its first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Action in Canada: the Canucks looking to avenge an early exit, young talent on the rise in Edmonton, a new team in Winnipeg and a rebounding franchise in Montreal.

There is palpable anticipation for this season.

So say it with me puckheads:

Lets. Play. Hoc—


What is that you say?

Oh. That’s right. The National Lockout League is on sabbatical again.

When do you think they’ll be back?

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