Expect the Ottawa Senators, one of the league's two new expansion teams, to lose often and dismally. Ottawa's most noteworthy player is Mike Peluso, who spent a league-leading 408 minutes in the penalty box for the Blackhawks last season.
With the help of benevolent Japanese investors, Phil Esposito has brought the NHL to Florida. That is, if you consider the Tampa Bay Lightning an NHL team. Under the direction of Espo, the general manager, the Lightning's initial training camp was a circus. The main attraction was Manon Rheaume, who was bidding to become the first female goalie in league history. Instead she hobbled off to the minors with another distinction: the first female goalie in NHL history to suffer a groin pull.