A skeptic's daily take on five things we learned from the 2012-13 NHL season:
2. Shorter is better: Complaining about the length of the NHL season usually is done by nitpicking casual fans and trolling haters. But you can't deny that the compressed 48-game schedule was a wild ride from the first faceoff to the last whistle. The volume was turned up to 11: Every hit, every shift, every save, every injury, every penalty, every goal took on that much more importance. The intense, playoff-frenetic pace started Jan. 19 and didn't let up. I'm not in favor of permanently shortening the season, nor will the owners ever agree to such an outrageous, income-suppressing idea, but man, that was fun, wasn't it?
Generous take: Something good came out of something bad.
Skeptic's take: Greed is keeping the game from being like that all the time.