Yes indeed,, there was a time not that long ago where Husso _ not Binnington _ was viewed as the organization's goalie of the future. Husso played very well down the stretch in San Antonio this past season, so perhaps he's put those injury woes behind him. We'll see.
But goaltending will be very important next season. Will Binnington return to form, or will those bubble woes in Edmonton continue? Will Husso respond to the opportunity he'll apparently get to finally play in the NHL?
In general, I agree with your overall view of the defense. It might be a little bit better offensively and a little bit worse defensively. That will be part of the intrigue of the coming season.
Finally, like you, I'm going a little nuts with no hockey. Now that I'm healthy, I'm getting antsy for hockey.