The NHL is going through a disastrous lockout that is certainly nearing its climax.
Either the two sides will reach an agreement in the next two weeks or so, or the season will be lost entirely.
If the worst happens, and the season does go by the boards, there will actually be some benefit to certain individual players or certain teams.
Those who need the most time to rebuild may benefit from getting another year to plan or get more experience at the minor-league level.
The following slides feature seven individuals or teams that could stand to benefit from a complete lockout of the 2012-13 NHL season.