Once you get past the initial pain of being denied the opportunity to see NHL hockey, fans can look at their particular team and figure out ways that the lockout can help their team's long-term performance.
In the case of the Toronto Maple Leafs, that means giving the franchise more time to develop young prospects so they can be ready when an opportunity to play at the NHL level comes about.
This also gives the organization more time to study their own prospects and coach them up. In some cases, minor-league prospects will not develop into NHL-caliber players. The opportunity for management to scrutinize these players and come to sound conclusions on their eventual NHL readiness is also a benefit.
Here's a look at how the Maple Leafs will benefit from the lockout.