As the misery of the stalemated NHL owner-player negotiations continues, at least we don't have to debate whether a shortened season would be viewed as legitimate.
History decided that for us. There is no asterisk associated with the 48-game 1994-95 NHL season. We say New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has won three Stanley Cup championships. We don't say Brodeur won three, but one of them was in an abbreviated season.
If 48 games is the most games we can play this season, we will be all aboard. But that doesn't mean the NHL shouldn't be open to the possibility of spicing up the competition.