As the new year gets ready to begin, there are hopes and fears in every NHL city. Will the star player stay healthy? Will the star defenseman ever sign a contract? And will Sean Avery ever shut his mouth?The game is in wonderful shape, and the financial well-being of the league is improving all the time.
With that in mind, let's look forward to this season and beyond.There are some questions that need answers, some issues that need to be worked out and some random thoughts that need to be voiced.
Here are 25 bold predictions for the 2011-12 season and beyond.