Though many have deemed this offseason to be somewhat stale and uneventful, there are plenty of interesting topics currently brewing as we prepare for the 2009-10 NHL season—some of which are, for the time being, getting minimal acknowledgment.
So far this summer, most of the talk aimed at next season has centered around a handful of subjects: what jersey Dany Heatley will be sporting next year, how many games will Marian Hossa miss in his first season in Chicago, John Tavares' inevitable debut with the New York Islanders, etc.
Beyond that, however, there are storylines of equal or slightly lesser value to the aforementioned three that aren't getting anywhere near the amount of warranted recognition by comparison—outside of their respective markets, that is.
Some of these storylines could become hot topics once they start playing out at the beginning of October.
So, without further ado, here are my top five hot topics that are currently flying under the radar.