The 2013-14 NHL season may seem like the light at the end of a long hockey-less tunnel right now, but soon enough teams will be gearing up for training camp and then suddenly it'll be October. That means that the lockout-tarnished 2012 season will fade even farther into the past as we look ahead to another year.
While last season was wrecked by a work stoppage, the players and teams did a marvelous job of making us fans forget all about the business side of things by putting on some of the most entertaining performances in recent memory.
From the incredible unbeaten streak of the Chicago Blackhawks to the outstanding Stanley Cup Final, the year was a whirlwind during which there wasn't much time to think of questions and delve for the answers.
If 2012 was a sprint, 2013-14 will seem like a triathlon as teams and players try to maintain consistency through an 82-game season. Here are some questions worth pondering as we continue through the dog days of summer?
What, you aren't glued to your Twitter feed, just waiting on pins and needles to find out where Damian Brunner signed still?