Lockout effect: What might have been

The Senators and Canadiens were scheduled to open the season on Thursday. (Darren Brown/QMI...

The Senators and Canadiens were scheduled to open the season on Thursday. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency/Files)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:20 PM ET

A glimpse at the lockout's first victims:

OTTAWA SENATORS AT MONTREAL CANADIENS: After surprising everybody last season and making the playoffs, the Senators were supposed to start to show that that was no accident. The Canadiens, having gone through plenty of changes during the off-season, were supposed to debut their new look, with coach Michel Therrien making his second stint behind the bench.

BOSTON BRUINS AT PHILADELPHIA FLYERS: This was to be the start of the Tuukka Rask era in Boston's net. Veteran goalie Tim Thomas has decided to sit out the season, leaving Rask to show he could handle the reins. The Flyers didn't make any significant upgrades during the summer after failing to sign free agents Ryan Suter or Shea Weber. The defence has been depleted with the loss of Matt Carle and likely Chris Pronger, whose career may be over.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS AT CALGARY FLAMES: Was this going to be the start of the Cory Schneider era in the Vancouver net and would Roberto Luongo be with the Toronto Maple Leafs? It is time for the Canucks to show they can get it done. As for the Flames, new coach Bob Hartley was to make his debut in what could be Jarome Iginla's final season with the club. He will be an unrestricted free agent in the off-season.

ST. LOUIS BLUES AT COLORADO AVALANCHE: The Blues wanted to show everybody their run to the playoffs last season under coach Ken Hitchcock was for real. Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott were to battle for the No. 1 job. In Colorado, Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog, 19, was supposed to be facing the pressure of being a leader at such a young age. Instead, he is playing overseas on opening night.

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