It is a question on the minds of every player, coach, general manager and owner in the NHL not to mention millions of its fans.
For the next three weeks CSNWashington.com will take a team-by-team look at the three divisions in the Eastern Conference.
With no guarantee that the NHL season will start on-time, the American Hockey League may provide local fans with one of the few outlets for live professional hockey in the months ahead.
By Ben Raby
George McPhee entered Sundays start of NHL free agency with 20.8 million in cap space. He spent just 950,000 on fourth-line winger Joey Crabb.