As much as I want to stick a big FU towards the players and the NHL for doing what they're doing, I will be back watching and supporting my fantasy team and the Avalanche. I look at this as a dark point in this league's history, and something I can tell my kids one day that I experienced no hockey for one (maybe two) entire years!
Fantasy hockey has made me so much more interested in hockey in general, its put me on a level I didn't know existed. Always trying to find the edge to up my opponents, always interested in players playing in Alaska to a rec league in Thailand. It brings me joy, and while it's incredibly difficult to like anything hockey right now, I'll perservere and live with the AHL and Victoria Royals for as long as this stupid thing lasts.
One thing I will say has changed for me is for the first time in my life, I hope the NHL and players suffer for this. Whether thats more empty seats for the first few years or owners losing millions upon millions (like they both are now) I want to see them face consequences. Fans "Rising up" and saying they're going to boycott games is all cute and fun but there will be others to replace them in the rafters, just the way it is (at least for big markets).
2012-2013 Keeper League Champion
Keeper League: Drop four players after each year
G A P +/- PIM PPP GWG W GAA SV% SHO
Centers: Getzlaf, Stamkos, Tavares, Read (C/RW), Grigorenko, Teravainen, Toffoli
Left Wingers: Neal (LW/RW), Ovechkin, Lucic, Clowe (LW/RW), Franzen (LW/RW), Conacher
Right Wingers: Perry, Kessel, Downie, Seguin, Atkinson
Defense: Letang, P.K. Subban, Dion Phaneuf, Byfuglien, Tyson Barrie, Paul Martin
Goalies: Fleury, Smith, Bishop, Rask, Harding, Fasth