Dion Phaneuf is eager to get back to playing and he hopes the fans are equally as excited.
"It's good to be back," the Toronto captain said. "We apologize for not playing. We hope the fans understand that we were ready to start in September and we were locked out. It happens in pro sports. But we have the best fans in the world. We hope they come back." Phaneuf didn't seek employment overseas during the lockout. He worked out in Toronto and played in some charity games instead.