Silver lining: could a lockout actually benefit the Flames?
During the last lockout, the draft order was determined not by standings but by a lottery, where each team was assigned 1, 2 or 3 balls based on their playoff appearances and 1st overall picks for the previous 3 years. Given that the Flames have had 0 first overall picks or playoff appearances over the past 3 years, we'd likely be awarded 3 balls, giving us a good chance at a (very) high pick.
Last time, 4 teams (Sabres, Blue Jackets, Rangers and Penguins) were awarded 3 balls and ended up drafting 1st overall, 6th overall, 13th overall and 16th overall. If it were based solely on standings, the Flames would draft 14th overall so at the very least we have a good chance of moving up in the draft.
The other big difference is the fact that the draft also used a snake order. If we do land even a top-10 pick, our 2nd round pick that we traded to MTL for Cammy is now a pick in the 50-60th overall range (as opposed to 44th overall), making it a little less valuable than we originally thought.
Anyways, I know it's not much but it's something at least...
IMO, we can either sit here and whine about something we have no control over, or we can look for the few bright spots in a ****** situation. What you do is up to you but I know which one I'm going with.
A partial lock out could definitely benefit the Flames, depending on what unfolds. Players could sign elsewhere and the teams could be without their stars, perhaps for good. If Malling likes the KHL and decides to stay, the penguins just got significantly weaker. That could happen to a few teams.