Even as a work stoppage is looming for the NHL, there is still a chance (slim?) that the bluster will come to a halt and that the two sides will come to an agreement.
Even if they don't, a work stoppage does not have to last a full season, as it did in 2004-05.
As teams prepare for the upcoming season, many believe that the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings should be in a good position to make a run at another championship. But the team they defeated in the Western Conference finals, the Phoenix Coyotes, may not be in such a good position.
Uncertainty has surrounded this team since the day they were eliminated by the Kings, and it has not abated.
Here's a look at six teams that could suffer a major drop-off in 2012-13 if circumstances break against them.