I think they want to try to avoid a lockout, but if one happens, I don't expect it to cancel the whole season. Here's hoping we can avoid it all together.
This is what I'm expecting too. My main concern right now is how the CBA is going to effect this offseason. Teams are expected to operate normally, but they have no idea what the salary cap might be coming out of a new CBA agreement. If someone makes a big run at Ryan Suter or Zach Parise, they might end up in cap hell.