Eddie Olczyk remembered when he was playing for the New York Rangers at the start of the 1994-95 season -- the last time the NHL played a lockout-shortened 48-game season -- he was ready to explode out of the gate when the season finally started.
"The adrenaline will be so high," Olczyk, now part of the top broadcasting crew for NHL games on NBC and NBC Sports Network, said during a conference call Tuesday. "I can speak from experience of being a part of 1994-95. Being off for three or four months and coming back and playing, the adrenaline will be so high for the first couple games."
What happens to players after that first couple games could determine which players -- and which teams -- have success in the 2012-13 season.