Will the NHL still have 30 teams after the lockout is settled? No one knows for sure.
One-third of NHL teams say a work stoppage would save them money. Some are already planning cutbacks.
For NHL teams struggling at the gate, winning is an easier sell than hope.
Mario Lemieux may not be on the ice, but he'll still have an impact in games he misses.
ESPN.com's Darren Rovell analyzes the finances of expansion to see if the Wild and Blue Jackets can make a profit right away.