When the puck drops next Tuesday night at the United Center to officially start the 2013-14 NHL season, it will have been exactly 99 days since they circle the ice in Boston with Lord Stanley hoisted above their heads.  By far and away that is the short gap between celebration and the beginning of a next campaign in the history of North American professional sports. 

Historically, the summer after winning a Stanley Cup is fraught with parties and appearances that make things like “training” and phrases such as “recovery” or “rest” just become buzz words in the grand scheme of things.  More >