I want a shortened season only for the simple fact that I don't want to have to stop watching for 7 years again because of another lockout, and actually this time I might not even come back after that. If they play again this season, I'll prob still continue to follow hockey, if they don't, I probably wont.
I'm not sure I want a 48 game season -- If we were to win the cup, there would be an asterisk next to it. Or any team who wins it for that matter.
I don't see how winning the cup in any context is worse than not winning the cup. Hell, the Patriots cheated to most of their Super Bowls and no one discounts them. I've never heard a reasonable poster discount the Devil's SC championship in 94-95 either.
The difference between a 48 and 82 game season isn't that significant, and the only legitimate argument against it would be if you won the cup after just barely making the playoffs.
We discount the Devils 95 Cup because of our rivalry with them. That year, no one had an advantage going into the season. The Devils played the same amount of games that year as ANY other team. Please show me how the engraving of the 95 Devils looks any different than that of any other championship, ever on the Cup.
This half cup thing is BS. It would be a Half cup if only 4 teams went into the playoffs, and there were 2 series needed to win.