from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun, Welcome to a year of uncertainty in the National Hockey League.
With new rules, a new officiating approach, massive player movement, and the uncertainty that comes from a one-year hiatus, no one really knows what to expect.
This is the year that your hockey pool could be won by your dog, your 4-year-old, or even Gary Bettman.
But keeping in mind that what follows is speculation, not prediction, let’s hypothesize about some of the developments that might be seen in the 2005-06 NHL:
Increase in injuries
More boarding calls