Training camps are opening in a few weeks. The start of the season is less than two months away. Summer is coming to an end, but hockey is right around the corner -- and CBA negotiations won't get in the way this year.
Thinking about the start of the season gives us time to reflect on all that happened this summer and how it will impact the upcoming season.
The Chicago Blackhawks look to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. Jarome Iginla really did join the Boston Bruins this time. Daniel Alfredsson will be wearing a different sweater for the first time. Roberto Luongo is still with the Vancouver Canucks.
And we can't forget the obvious: realignment, wild cards and the new playoff system.
So you tell us, what storyline are you most interested in watching this season?