Gord Miller visited Edmonton with TSN's hockey crew as part of their "Six Cities in Six Days" tour. Here's some thoughts from Miller on the state of the 'new' NHL:
ON WHY FANS ARE FILING BACK DESPITE ALL THE WHINING: "My feeling is that the opposite of love isn't hate. It's apathy. And when people are voicing their hatred of what's going on, it's because they love it. The guy who's really going to walk away isn't going to tell anyone, he's just going to walk away."
HOPE FOR THE OIL: "There's excitement in places like Edmonton because there's now a belief that the Oilers can compete, there's no economic impediment. So if Ales Hemsky turns out to be a 60-goal scorer, he's not going to be leaving for Philadelphia. The Oilers could keep him.
"The frustration is seeing your former star players coming in every other night, Doug Weight coming in with St. Louis, Bill Guerin coming in with Dallas, Messier coming in with New York.
"I used to hate that, the idea that the best you could hope for was maybe you could scrape into the playoffs, and maybe, if things went really well, you could win a round."
HOPE FOR ALL: "No one knows who's good and bad. So it's not like you are going to start the season saying, 'We're probably going to battle that team for 8th or 1st.' You're not going to know. So you're going to be pedal to the metal right from the start.
"Who's the best team in the league? Who knows?"