Lockout-shortened seasons, star players showing up late or playing with another team, concerns about an upcoming season and wondering about all the question marks.
Goaltender Martin Broduer has seen it all in leading the New Jersey Devils to three Stanley Cups and two other finals, including last year's loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
So he was not concerned that either Ilya Kovalchuk missed the team's first post-lockout practice or that team captain Zach Parise will be playing with Minnesota this season or that young playoff star Adam Henrique is going miss the first few weeks of the season with a thumb injury.
That's hockey. Players get hurt and things change.
''There is no doubt, even though someone is going to tell you we won't miss Zach, come on. We're going to miss him. He is unbelievable and he's the reason why Minnesota gave half the state to him,'' Brodeur said.
''You can't replace a guy like that. But we've faced that before losing some key players, with the Niedermaye...