There's a distinct difference between an NHL fan and a hockey fan. An NHL fan is someone who follows the top professional league in the world exclusively, whereas a hockey fan is just as happy watching a major junior contest as he is a pro game because he's so enamored with the sport.
It's safe to say true hockey fans aren't dreading the lockout nearly as much as the NHL-only bunch. Springfield Falcons president and general manager Bruce Landon explains why those of us who live in AHL cities are chomping at the bit for the season to start:
Now that the National Hockey League lockout is officially in effect and it has been determined which players can be assigned to the American Hockey League, one thing is certain - the AHL is going to be loaded with young talent.
If you look at the transactions that took place over the weekend, you see players like Jeff Skinner being sent to Charlotte, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle being sent to Oklahoma City. ...