With these 9 gone from Opening Night last year (Jagr, Havlat, Brunner, Clowe, Ryder, Zubrus, Zidlicky, Salvador, Clemmenson) I think there's been a ton of change (and deservedly so) for an NHL squad of just 25 players...
Optimism reigns supreme now, let's see how it unfolds. We were out of the playoffs be early-mid December last season, so if we're close to .500 in January then it will be a very welcome improvement.
Hopefully we'll have meaningful games in February, and into March.
Wow. I wonder how that's going to sit with long timers like Elias and Greene
As it has been already said, Elias is either here until the Trade Deadline (because he's playing well enough to be wanted by others) or he's here until the end of the season (because he's not playing well enough to be wanted by others)....in any event, this is Elias' last year here.
As for Greene, he's just happy to be in the NHL
i just did the math... we went from 29.6 to 27.2 in average age from last year