The NHL lockout that began on September 15th is a bad thing. It hurts hockey fans, team employees, players and even the owners who initiated it.
There are no winners, only losers.
Having said that, the NHL will resume at some point. We all hope it's tomorrow, and if not tomorrow than the day after that. But whether it's next week, next month or next year, the league will be back. And that means the San Jose Sharks will resume their quest for the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup.
As certain as the eventual return of NHL hockey is the return of an altered playing field. Regardless of whether or not salaries are reduced, contract lengths are shortened and so on, the league will be different than it was before.
Despite the overall poor nature of this situation, some teams will benefit on the ice due to this lockout. Others will be worse off. It's impossible to know which teams will end up on which side of this equation, as we still have no idea when and how this lockout will end.
Of course, nothing—not even a lockout—can stop sportswriters from speculating.