The puck drops in 44 days folks.
The player movement has slowed to a Jaroslav Balastik here and a Janos Vas there. Oh, we've still got our eye on places like Atlanta, courting Peter Bondra's scoring and Ottawa as player arbitration hearings get underway this week (good luck, Marian Hossa).
But we take this space today to ask for your predictions for the 2005-06 NHL season.
Send us your (very) early predictions. What's your final four look like? Who'll be MVP? And of course, your forecast for the Maple Leafs in the new-era NHL. As always on this page, click the comments link below to send your opinion.
We're not expecting many votes of confidence in the Sabres, where the biggest summer addition has been Teppo Numminen after losing Miroslav Satan and Alexei Zhitnik. A story in yesterday's Buffalo News alleges:
Said Slava Kozlov after he became a member of the Thrashers:
"I couldn't stand it."
In New Jersey, 41-year-old Scott Stevens is still mulling retirement.
Would the Florida Panthers consider trading Jay Bouwmeester?