Recall Homer stating wrt playoff hockey, just get in and "you never know". I think that's their strategy for next regular season, just show up and "you never know".
This season has potential to be exciting, Schenn challenging for the Calder, Couturier making the team out of camp, Jagr coming back with a vengeance and fixing the PP, Voracek/JVR continuing to develop, Giroux's chance to shine, Bryzgalov stealing games, Simmonds crushing people, etc.
This season also has potential to turn into a disaster, Schenn/Courtourier don't impress nor make team, Jagr is a lazy primadonna, Voracek has zero chemistry with either the Giroux or Briere line, JVR does not break out and remains inconsistent, Pronger and/or Timonen get hurt, Bryzgalov turns out to be average, etc.
i'm mostly excited for hbo 24/7 with pronger, jagr, bryznasty, BOB, talbot, hartnell, briere/giroux lovefest, timonen's disapproving looks at the locker room antics. the rest is hockey, i'll enjoy watching that no matter what.