I would be more likely to consider paying the increased CI charge for the new season.
Actually, I think Charlie should reduce the CI price for this season, seeing as how he has saved "us" all this money by not paying for HD rights for some of the RSN's over the past 2 years. I wonder what he's done with all the savings...
Obviously you haven't been to a hockey game recently. Basically the cost of CI is the equivalent or less of a family of four attending a regular season game in the upper deck sections.
For the amount of games you get, regardless whether they are sd or hd, it is still a bargain for $159; and a lifesaver for displaced hockey fans from their home team.