I wasn't missing NHL until last Sunday when there was no football(US) on TV. I think the season is done. Stones....hopefully we get a good product. The good news about the Stones is that even if the new material doesn't come or isn't good, there will always be new boots coming or boots we don't have yet to keep us interested.
Being a former hockey player up through college, I agree with Bluesplayer that hockey is boring now except for the playoffs. They should not penalize players for fighting, instead, give them an extra shift on the ice!