I really don't want to miss hockey for several months but with one of our best players (Gabby) being out the first couple of months, even with Nash our win % would take a hit and our rivals in the east get a bit of a head start. If we start with our full lineup our win% and points comparable to the rest of the league will be on an even standing with the rest of the league. That said look how will we did without Staal last year.
All right, if you were guaranteed hockey starting December?
Nope. We have the best team in the league. we have enough depth that 1-2 injuries won't kill us (albeit dan G would suck) a lockout would hurt any way it's cut. sure gaborik is out now, but it gives nash more time to adjust to our system. allows kids to be tested early without risking killing our win ratio
Considering im somewhwat broke after a bad month (games will be credited to my account), and Gaborik wont be back until December...and we start the season 8 games on the road anyway...I guess I wouldnt be completely disgusted if the season didnt start until Thanksgiving weekend.
That being said Id lose traverse city, training camp and seeing what young kids are competing there.