I know most of us are still, at the very least, irritated that the NHL's still locked out. I miss the Blues very much. As I've mentioned before, watching the AHL, KHL, and ECHL just isn't the same as watching a team I've loved for over 20 years, and this lockout can end any damn time it wants to.
Am I upset that the NHL can't seem to find the word "negotiate" in the dictionary? Yes. Will I punish myself after the lockout's over by further depriving myself of the Blues and the NHL? No. For those who don't know me, I tend to be a bit of a fatalist. Some might even push it so far as to say that I'm pragmatic. I hold no illusions about the league and how much they "appreciate" the fans. They appreciate our money, sure, but as individuals? Hahahaha – hell, the league doesn't even appreciate their own players, let alone us. It's a business. They don't care if we're mad at them.
"But hey!" you might say. "I bet they'll be mad at losing money!" Sure they will. But honestly, do a few fan protests that maybe a hundred or so people participate in for a few games make a difference in the scheme of things? No, and that's why Just Drop It isn't going to work.
As Wysh pointed out at Puck Daddy, you're still coming back, and that's exactly what Bettman expects. Hockey fans are different than the other sports fans; we tend to borderline on a secret society here in the US, and in Canada we make up approximately 75% of their national economy. Fans will return. We'll suck it up and deal, be happy the sport's back, and we'll watch regardless of how grumpy-pants we feel. If a few people are permanently turned off thanks to the stupidity and stubbornness of the people in charge of the league, then that's just sad. I'm not happy with how things are going, but I'm not going to let a few billionaires get in the way of my hobby and my enjoyment of the sport. Why in the world would you punish yourself?
In the scheme of things, the voices of a miniscule group of people don't amount to much, and let's face it: the amount of fans lost by the league over this thing can't compare to the people who will just go "oh, thank God it's over," and return to the arenas and sports bars. Don't torture yourself by cutting off something you enjoy. You've already had that happen enough. Just shrug your shoulders, shake your head, and go "that's business, I guess," because it is. Sometimes, the best thing to do once a situation is resolved is to just drop it.