Now that all of this lockout nonsense is behind them, the Buffalo Sabres can finally look at the 2013 NHL season as a certainty. They hope to erase the memory of a terribly disappointing 2011-12. So what are some of the issues facing this team as it begins to prepare for the shortened campaign?
Besides the typical topics like goal-scoring and goaltending, the biggest question marks are surrounding the Sabres' psyche as a unit.
After the now-infamous Milan Lucic incident last year, Buffalo's tepid response made them the laughingstock of hockey.
They tried to save face later in the season, but at that point it seemed forced rather than genuine.
With that said, let's take a look at five things the Sabres need to address as they get ready for the start of training camp.