What happens to the Winter Classic in event of an NHL lockout, the NHL risks alienating its fans with another lockout, an update on Andreas Lilja, Red Wings might not be as bad as fans expect this season, and Matt Hendricks expects Wojtek Wolski could recapture his scoring form in Washington.

NEW YORK TIMES: In the event of a lockout, the NHL has up to January 1 to cancel the 2013 Winter Classic, and would only forfeit $100K of its $3 million stadium fee at Michigan Stadium.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So, if a lockout weren’t to be settled until late-December, the NHL could still stage the Winter Classic. Hey, look for the positives where you can, gang!

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: An editorial warning the NHL it risks alienating its fans with another lockout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like the league really gives a damn about its fans. Sure, if there’s another lockout, the league will try to claim it is doing it for the fans’ benefit, but it will find far fewer willing to buy into its propaganda this time around.

Flyers GM believes Lilja could return sooner than expected.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren disagrees with the initial report defenseman Andreas Lilja could be sidelined until December from recent hip surgery, suggesting Lilja could return by late-October or early-November.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And if there’s a lockout stretching into December, it becomes a moot point.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Despite the Red Wings loss of Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart, and the club’s inability to sign top UFAs Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, Red Wings broadcast analyst Mickey Redmond isn’t willing to write off the team this coming season.

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, who played with Wojtek Wolski in Colorado, believes Wolski can rediscover his scoring form in Washington. Wolski signed with the Capitals this summer as a free agent.