I can't seem to locate the thread where people were speculating about what would happen with NHL Center Ice this season.
It appears as though DirecTV has made their decision:
Can I purchase NHL CENTER ICE for the upcoming season?.
Yes! Hockey is BACK and NHL CENTER ICE will be available for purchase beginning on January 19 for just: •4 payments of $14.99
•or 1 payment of $59.96
Please check directv.com/NHL for the latest information.