All I can say is I'm bummed out that the NHL season is on hold. As a NY Rangers fan I was excited to see what they were going to do this season. Nice to see some youth back on my team. I have heard it might take as long as two years before we see another NHL game. I really hope this isn't the case. I am hoping that they get it worked out this year, but it isn't looking good.
I think the NHL expanded entirely too fast and into too many markets that won't support a team. IMO, I think the NHL can lose some teams without much impact.
Off the top of my head I would say the Pens, Thrashers, Hurricanes, Panthers, Blue Jackets, Predators and Ducks can all go.
Oh yeah. The Devils can go too. But only because I really dislike them cause they beat up on my Rangers all the time.