There are a variety of reasons that there hasn't been a lot of talk about the NHL lockout:
- Around here anyway, the talk has been confined to a couple of NHL-specific discussion threads.
- The NHL, while it has grown, is still a clear fourth-tier sport behind the NFL, MLB, and NBA.
- Gary Bettman (NHL commissioner) seems to love lockouts. This is the third one under his watch, the last of which (2004-2005) cost the entire season. In short, NHL fans are used to this, so it's not as much of a story. (That's not to say that it doesn't suck like crazy.)
- This was seen coming a LONG time ago. Most of the league experts have feared another lockout for over a year now. There's not much more talk about it now that there hasn't been for a while now.
Basically, it really sucks, but hockey fans aren't as pissy as football fans and have just kind of resigned themselves to another lengthy dispute. The NHL owners can go fist themselves as far as I'm concerned.