Now that the new Prudential Center is open, the challenge for the Devils, and their fans, is to put, and keep, life in a New Jersey building.
Yes, the Avs could come back. But Terry Frei believes Colorado is out, and the real challenge for Colorado is to pass a character test, at least showing it wants to go out fighting.
Even more maddening than the length of the lockout is the fact nothing is being done to end it.
The NHL commissioner's biggest challenge may be balancing what's good for the owners with what's good for the game.
The more the Avalanche change, the more Joe Sakic remains the same -- a quiet, but effective captain.
This playoff season may be the last time the Avalanche and Stars can rely on the same small group of key players.
Some big-time NHL players must prove their worth, and they won't be measured by points vs. pay.