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It will take time, but we'll see the new game

Updated: September 28, 2005, 12:41 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

There's a welcoming sign on the ice at the Nassau Veterans' Memorial Coliseum that reads "Thank You Fans!"

It might just as well read, "Be Patient, It's Going To Be Better. Honest. Maybe Not Tonight, But For Sure, Later On. Really."

In many ways, the National Hockey League couldn't have asked for a better restart to its shattered operation than what's taken place in the past two months.

Since the capitulation by the players' union and the end of the 10-month lockout that ...

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