The offseason is an exciting time for fans. With the NHL Entry Draft, free agency and trades, the offseason allows for some edge of your seat action without any on-ice action.
But that excitement turns to boredom after two months.
The offseason moves lead to speculation. Constant speculation turns into monotony.
Eventually fans just want the season to start so they can stop listening to speculation and start watching the fruits of the offseason's labor come to fruition.
How about that collective bargaining agreement? The best update so far: "Talks went shorter than expected."
As a fan, information is precious. Who is on the move? What's happening? What's the big news?
But the 2012 offseason has turned into an information overload dominated by a few select topics―topics that have fans bored out of their minds.
Hockey fans are hoping there is no lockout, not only so their favorite teams and players can get back on the ice, but also so they don't have to hear about these over-analyzed topics.