Lockout, lockout, lock...over. NHL comes back and both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter make their Wild debuts. So does Finnish Baby Jesus, who gets to know Houston well. Bye bye Matt Hackett and Johan Larsson. Hello Jason Pominville's population. Playoffs. Yes we talkin' 'bout playoffs. First time in five years last just five games. Aeros move to Iowa. Suter almost wins Norris. No 2013 "First Round Bust," just a solid 2010 Isles version. Backstrom re-signs. No PMB, Cullen, Clutter, Seto, no problem. Matt Cooke signing freaks everyone out for a month. Former Gopher Keith Ballard. Waste August. A real start to the season is nice. Josh Harding continues to be the best story in hockey. Great start to the year, not so great end to it. Tough teams are tough. Heatley is in every person's dog house. Yeo's seat gets hotter. Erik Haula wore a Wild sweater. Good times.
(For a look back, here is the 2012 and 2010 versions - I guess I got lazy in 2011 and didn't do a summary.)