from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
What markets will suffer the most because of the lockout?
Maybe none will. But we'll be interested in places such as Anaheim, which needs success to reinforce its place in the marketplace galvanized most recently by the 2007 Cup win. Dallas needs a strong start and a playoff berth to help new owner Tom Gaglardi realize his dream of restoring the Stars to elite status after the team has missed the playoffs for the past four years. Carolina generated lots of offseason buzz by adding Jordan Staal and Alex Semin, then had to wait months to see if that buzz translated into more fans in seats, etc. Florida and Phoenix will again be interesting to watch.
Who is the next breakout star?
We're curious to see whether all of the buzz surrounding Vladimir Tarasenko is justified. The 16th overall pick in the 2010 draft will be brought along slowly by the St. Louis Blues and defending coach of the year Ken Hitchcock, but if Tarasenko can make a contrib...