I wrote an article for TSN entitled, Do Players Lose Contract Year On A Lost Season?.
In it, I address the impact of a lost season on an NHL player's contract. Not good news for players.
Here's an excerpt of that article:
We know that NHL players don't get paid their salaries during a lockout. From the NHL's standpoint, being in a position to deprive players of income represents pretty meaningful leverage during CBA negotiations.
What represents even more leverage? Players never getting that money back - or that year.