Professional hockey in North America finds itself at a stalemate right now, with the NHL and NHLPA entrenched in a lockout that will slowly threaten more and more of the 2012-13 season in the coming weeks and months.
Fans will remember—all too well— the 2004-05 lockout that cost the sport a whole season. The pessimists among us are fearful that a repeat of the lost season could be on the horizon.
We do not simply miss the highlight-reel goals and saves when we lose portions of the season. We miss out on the things we have anticipated for months, since the Stanley Cup found a new home in June.
Many stories were written throughout the 2011-12 season—some beginning long before that—and fans are deprived of the continuation of those stories.
The lockout leaves us with unanswered questions and unfinished business.
These are 50 major storylines that we looked forward to following in 2012-13, whose unfolding is in jeopardy as long as the business side of hockey takes precedence over the love of the game.