Well, the big question in the NHL is, when are we going to begin—if ever—the 2012-13 season? Though we don't know the answer, there will in fact be hockey this season and with that will come some sell-outs in the madhouse on Madison.
With limited offseason moves, Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is putting a lot of faith in the current make-up of the 'Hawks. Whether you buy into it or not, if you think they are set up for disappointment or have they got the ingredients to make a Cup run, there will be no shortage of story lines this season.
For the moment, I will play the role of the optimist. Frankly, if the 'Hawks have injury problems or inconsistent play from significant contributors, the season could be lost.
At the same time, let's not forget that the 'Hawks had the NHL's best record last season on January 1. If they have a little fortune on their side in the 2012-13 season, they could be incredibly dangerous and here is why.