Uh, not really. Yes, timing may have been somewhat of a problem, but... The NHL and OLN/Comcast signed their carriage deal on 19 August, 2005. A news article three days later suggested that OLN/Comcast would be going back to any distributor that didn't widely distribute OLN to seek greater carriage in a basic tier. Keep in mind at this point the start of the season is less than six weeks away. The grumblings were there. No one listened. And don't forget this dispute wasn't only with Dish Network; it was with Cablevision and parts of Cox and Adelphia, as well.