Oh, how NHL fanbases and front offices must be pining for the simpler days when their worries concerned how a season unfolded rather than whether a season will unfold.
Normalcy needs to return at some point and there is still more than reasonable hope that it can in time to allow a 2012-13 season. Regardless of exactly how soon that is, there are already some potential lockout-induced modifications taking shape on certain teams’ outlooks.
For other franchises, the greatest area of concern held over from the end of last season has yet to be supplanted at the top of their list. For some, that is a desirable transaction left undone while, for others, it is a weakness the current roster needs to figure out on its own.
As of right now, while everybody continues to harbor their optimism or lack thereof regarding the labor stalemate, here is what the NHL’s partisan personnel should be eyeing a little down the road for their respective clubs.