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NHL Lockout 2012: Could It Aid Derek Roy's Recovery?

The sixth in a series looking at how a potential year-long lockout would affect the Dallas Stars as a team and an organization.

This might be the only part of the lockout that may turn out in the Stars favor. Roy underwent shoulder surgery in July and is assured to be out until at least the end of November. The loss of training camp and time playing with teammates probably means he won't really get into the flow of the offense until January.

Now Dallas knew about his injury and told him to get the surgery so they had to have had some sort of inkling that a lockout was likely. A lockout means that his surgery won't hurt the Stars at all during year and allows him to return fully healthy and with a full knowledge of the team next year. It's still a small consolation though.

The NHL and NHLPA will be burning the midnight oil trying to hammer out a deal so hopefully it gets done. They might even have a shortened season like the NBA had this past season. In any case, the Stars and Stars fans have to be hoping that no lockout comes to pass.

For more coverage of the Stars as well as further NHL lockout news and analysis, check out Defending Big D as well as the SB Nation Dallas StoryStream.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.