08:04 AM ET 01.08 | After the previous lockout, NHL fans would be coming back to a few new wrinkles to the game. [This is time around, as] the lockout continued, there was speculation that the playoffs could be expanded for the 2013 season. ... An expanded postseason would be a nice, bright shiny thing that can distract many fans from their lockout anger and/or cure their apathy. It would be parity on steroids, with every team in the hunt in a 48-game schedule. So will it happen for 2013? No, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who told Puck Daddy on Monday via email: "No expansion of the Playoffs being contemplated for this year (and I don't think any is being contemplated beyond this year either)."