A quick look at the Devils' early season schedule shows that they play seven of their first 15 games against teams that missed the playoffs in 2008-09.
Does this represent an opportunity for them to get off to a good start? Maybe.
There might be another adjustment period to another new coaching staff, so, perhaps, playing against lesser opponents will make that adjustment a little easier. It will certainly be a better way to start with a new coach than two years ago when the Devils played their first nine games under Brent Sutter on the road.
Of their first 15 games of 2009-10, the Devils play Tampa Bay twice and Florida, Atlanta, Buffalo, the Islanders and the Senators once each.
Their other nine games are against the Philadelphia, Rangers (twice), Washington (twice), Pittsburgh, Boston and Carolina (which returns to Prudential Center on Saturday, Oct. 17, so you won't have to wait long to hear talk about Game 7 of the 2009 conference quarterfinals).
There's still no word on Rob Davison, though, as I mentioned last week, I know the Devils were talking to him.
Also, no news on Brendan Shanahan.
But there were some requests for a new post, so I tried to give you something on a slow summer day.
Some of you have some good questions in the comments in the previous post, but there is plenty of time to answer them before training camp opens on Sept. 12 (Rookies on Sept. 8). Players are going to be less willing to give out their numbers if I call them for every little question during the summer.
Some of them will probably be showing up early to skate before camp opens. I'll try to get them then.