Here is a nice quick hitter from Patrick Hoffman on the pangs of the offseason......
This is what every hockey/NHL fan has been thinking ever since the offseason kicked off back in late June, early July.
It is time to turn that frown upside down because folks, hockey season is just a couple of weeks away. Coming up this week, the NHL has its Traverse City Prospects and with it being on the NHL Network, hockey fans will get to see what the NHL will have to offer in the very near future or further down the line. Many terrific NHLers have played in this tournament and have come out the better for it so you do not want to miss it.
Shortly after that, teams report to training camp and that is when the fun will begin. The coaching staff will see what kind of lines they can come up with while also seeing if any of their young propsects deserve to make the big club. It will also be interesting to see what happens to the likes of Owen Nolan, Michael Nylander and Ray Emery, all of which will be trying out for the Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks, respectively.
We then have preseason hockey. It may not be the most exciting hockey in the world but nevertheless, it is hockey.
Then, it all begins with the NHL regular season. By that time, we can stop talking about all the what ifs and we can all stop saying "I really wish it was hockey season" because it will be.
So get ready folks because hockey is almost here!