The more they are deprived of the NHL, the more hockey fans will remember what the sport’s top league has that every other circuit lacks. Or, at least, they will realize all the more what the NHL has in a more gourmet form than any other level of hockey.
While the push to end the lockout presses on, three-plus weeks of the NHL’s originally scheduled 2012-13 season have already passed. No regular-season action will be seen any earlier than the start of December with the current calendar month already deleted from the dwindling docket.
In turn, there will be little, if anything to cultivate out of the following aspects of the NHL its fans all but take for granted in times of normalcy. Although, in light of the 2004-05 season that never was and now the current lockout, these items may never again be taken for granted.