IF the chances have increased for an owner-friendly solution, the less likely it is that any team will fold outright. I can see a couple moves, but who in Canada is going to build a new barn? Who else would take a team?
Surely, the big clubs aren't going to let the NHL just piffle away. There is some history and goodwill built up with the thing, and it doesn't all go away overnight, despite the wishes of hopeful deconstructionists.
Know what's funny? I look at Boycott's post, I see some signs from Canada, and of all things, I start to equate the prevailing boycott attitude out there to the ManU(re) fan reaction to Malcolm Glazer's bid to buy ManU.
I've already heard radio shows (national-based) that describe the anti-Glazer effort as xenophobic... but I'd tend to characterize it as, um, perhaps "anti-corporate." Even then, I think I'm not being fair in the description, and I'm seriously struggling to find one.