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the toronto maple leafs kicked off the campaign with a shutout from James Reimer over rival montreal.

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From the draft to The Show; Vets last chance; Brunnstroms back

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Colorado, Avs or Av nots?

Gotta Read This


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You

the Straight edge


Cant ght this sticuffs feeling

NHl teams
Surprise! Yes, he actually made it

28 Repeat A Bruin?
Boston threw one heckuva Stanley Cup party. Now the Bs must avoid the dreaded hangover.
By keN CampBell

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NCaa preview
All hail Yale; Alt rocks Minnesota; top freshmen

last minute
Sens bring O factor

18 Full Metal Jackets


Jeff Carter and Rick Nash will score plenty, but the primary goal in Columbus is winning
By aaRoN poRtzliNe

overtime
Lets not lionize lugs

on the Cover Tyler Seguin by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images


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Dynasty Such A Lonely Word


The thought of a team winning three Cups in a row nowadays is mind-boggling. Perhaps its time we changed our standards

INTerNs Brian Liu dIrecTor, markeTINg aNd commuNIcaTIoNs Tracy Finkelstein medIa relaTIoNs Janis Davidson Pressick - pressickj@transcontinental.ca markeTINg specIalIsT Carlie McGhee coordINaTor Alyson Young pHoTograpHer Getty Images coNTrIbuTINg pHoTograpHers Steve & Brian Babineau,

e interviewed job candidates recently for a junior position on our editorial team. As part of the process, we asked them to complete a hockey knowledge quiz to help us gauge their level of expertise. one of the requirements on the test read as follows: name three modern-day nHL dynasties. the replies we received were varied Detroit, boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Jose, Washington, toronto but only one of eight applicants cited the three teams we were seeking: montreal, edmonton and the new York Islanders. After wed seen a handful of the answers, it became clear the problem wasnt necessarily rookie mistakes, but more likely linked to our wording. For starters, what is modern-day? by NHL Official Guide and Record Book standards, it begins in 1943-44 with the introduction of the red line. Under that parameter toronto would qualify. others believe the modern era is post-1967, when the nHL expanded from six teams to 12. And quite clearly, some in the younger generation feel its within the past couple decades. Even thornier is the definition of dynasty. Our editorial panel viewed it as at least three or more championships in no more than four years. no exceptions. But in todays NHL, you either have to make an allowance, change the definition or be prepared to bid adieu to the dynasty. With 30 teams, free agency, an unforgiving salary cap and the dreaded cup hangover, the odds of a franchise winning back-to-back titles, let alone three or more, are Zdeno chara-high. take the big Slovaks boston bruins, who get the cover story treatment in this issue beginning on pg. 28. theyve got stellar goaltending, studs on defense, a maturing group of skilled and rugged forwards, young whiz kids on the way and most of their championship team intact. Yet precious few prognosticators are picking them to return to glory this year. We have them slotted third in the eastern conference, but out of the cup picture. With their back-to-back crowns in 1997 and 1998, and their four titles in 12 years, the Detroit red Wings are the nearest thing weve seen to a traditional dynasty the past couple decades. As such, our job candidates eventually got partial credit for naming them on their quizzes. not everyone on our staff agreed, but as leader of the tHn Dynasty, I got the last word.

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THN celebrates less-traditional markets and I always enjoy reading about such great progress. However, I was disappointed to see that in your 2011-12 Yearbook, in the For The Record spread, you felt the need to rub in Canadas declining number of selections in this years NHL draft. If you want fans (in Canada, specifically) to embrace the international growth of the sport, why are you also suggesting we be wary of this progress since it is almost inevitable that other nations will eventually catch up to Canada? How about, instead, celebrate Canada for still being the world-leader in player development? Davio Guercio, Kelowna, B.C.

adam larsson drafted 4th overall from sweden, 2011

East Knows West

Ryan Kennedy, in your WHL power rankings (CHL Preview, Oct. 17) you have Kamloops out of the top 10. I wager a lobster and scallop dinner the Blazers will be inside that top 10 at the end of this season. Gerry McGarry, Greenwood, N.S.

Thanks, Clint

Kudos to The Hockey News and former NHL keeper turned goalie coach Clint Malarchuk for continuing to be open about his battles with mental illness (Off-Ice Struggle, Sept. 19). Back in the early 1990s I was struggling with depression and not really understanding why. I happened to read a THN story about Malarchuk at that time and couldnt believe I had the same symptoms. I went for help and was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, just as he was. Thanks to Clints bravery and going public with his personal struggle, I was able to understand why I was feeling like that and went to get the proper help for it. Rich Mannarino, Staten Island, N.Y.

I have fought with depression for about half of my life and would like to thank Adam Proteau for being sensitive to the issue and congratulate Clint Malarchuk for his courage and determination. Thank you, Mr. Malarchuk for showing there is hope for a condition that often seems very hopeless and giving this Flames fan all that much more courage to face it head on. Jesse Scott Reimer, Minneapolis, Minn.

Mike Check

The Hockey News All-Time USA Team in the Oct. 17 issue had one player overlooked. What about New York Rangers great Mike Richter in goal? No disrespect to Hall of Famer Frank Brimsek, I never saw him play and he certainly does have impressive numbers, but Richters career is more then just about numbers. A Stanley Cup ring, a World Cup Championship and a silver medal in the 2002 Olympics. All of this on top of being one of the best clutch players I have ever seen play the game. Thomas Hollywood, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Wheres Phil

En Garde!

In the words of WWE wrestler The Miz, Really? Really? Really? How can you not have Phil Kessel ranked in your top 20 right wingers? This is a

I disagree with Adam Proteaus Sept. 19 Proteau Type column. I really think the Buffalo Sabres have got what it takes to be Stanley Cup champions. Up front they have a solid rst line with Thomas Vanek, Jason

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I was reading your Top 20 By Position ranking (Oct. 17) and I couldnt help but laugh. Why? Because Ryan Callahan, Drew Stafford and Devin Setoguchi, who have a combined two career 30-goal seasons, were all placed higher than Phil Kessel, one of only nine players in the league with three consecutive 30-goal seasons. Really, guys? Eric Lawrie, Toronto

guy who recorded 64 points playing predominately with Tyler Bozak, Darryl Boyce and Joey Crabb. Thats still more points than 12 players on this list. Oh, and dont get me started on why David Backes isnt on this list, either. Ben Bruhm, Halifax, N.S.

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Pominville and Derek Roy (all potential 80-point scorers). Their second line is great with the Drew Stafford, newly acquired Ville Leino and either Tyler Ennis or Nathan Gerbe. On defense they upgraded Chris Butler and Steve Montador for Christian Ehrhoff and Robyn Regehr. Their netminding is also rock solid. The Sabres have everything needed (snipers, power forwards, grinders, a great goalie, offensive and defensive defensemen) to win the coveted Cup. J.P. Dominicis, Toronto

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If cap space wasnt an issue, would you want Sean Avery on your team?

ASK ADAM
Hi Adam. Do you have any information as to what is happening with broadcasting NHL games over here in Europe? Here we are with the season starting and there is no kind of television deal. You have a continent of desperate hockey fans here. Charles Glasby, Worksop, U.K. Hi Charles. Ive heard from more than a few European fans incensed by the lack of coverage of NHL games, but a representative with the league told me they were working diligently toward ending the issue. An NHL source said the league was negotiating with TV distributors in different European countries and crafting initiatives that would allow fans to watch games streamed on the leagues GameCenter Live Internet platform to reach hockey fans outside North America. There was no resolution to the dilemma as of press time, but the longer fans are shut out the louder theyre going to be. Im hoping for the best for you.

Whats keeping you up at night, hockey fans? If youve got a question about the game, send it to columnist Adam Proteau at THN.com/askadam

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Hull-mark Moment

No Yes

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I was very excited to read the article written by Brett Hull about Mike Modano being the best American hockey player to have played the game (Simply The Best Ever, Oct. 17). It was truly meaningful considering that Hull himself is argued by some to be the best. Modano played the game with heart and sportsmanship until his very last shift. He is my, and my sons, favorite player and we look forward for him to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. Cedric Spothelfer, Houston, Texas

Which of these coaches do you think will be the rst to be red?


Ron Wilson, Tor Bruce Boudreau, Wsh Joe Sacco, Col Pete DeBoer, NJ John Tortorella, NYR Scott Arniel, Clb Paul Maurice, Car Todd McLellan, SJ 33% 17% 14% 10% 9% 8% 5% 4%

Hey Adam, what do you think Sean Averys NHL legacy will be? Worst person to ever play in the league or somebody who was just misunderstood? Terry Prescott, Los Angeles Hey Terry. I dont buy into the idea Avery was a demon on skates. He certainly was uncouth and insensitive, to say the least, but in some respects he was one of the few players to challenge the authoritarian culture of the game. That said, I dont think hell be sorely missed.

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Cap space, in millions, the new york rangers have buried in the ahL with the contracts of Wade redden and sean avery.

Cant Wait To Be Great


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ts amazing what a reshufing of the deck can mean for a young player sometimes. In Chicago, the experiment that made Patrick Kane a center meant rookie Brandon Saad was starting the year on the Hawks top line alongside Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp. Pretty heady company for a kid who slipped to the second round of the 2011 draft before Chicago scooped him up with the 43rd pick. Its unbelievable, Saad said. Theyre two of the best players in the league. I have a lot of space out there playing with those guys. But Saad is also adept at making space, particularly when he needs to dig pucks out of the corners and along the boards for his linemates. With forwards Viktor Stalberg and Ben Smith starting the season on the shelf with injuries, the teenager will get a chance to shine for at least the beginning of the season. Similarly, center Ryan Strome (fth overall) made the New York Islanders on his rst try, but knows he has a lot of work to do if he is to stay with the team full-time. Anything can happen on a day-to-day basis, he said. I just feel privileged to be here. Stromes last roommate during camp was Nino Niederreiter, who began the season on the injured
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Brandon saad

Seven of the top eight 2011 draft picks cracked Game 1 lineups. The question now is, how many will stick around?

The Mark of Z-Bad


Ottawas Mika Zibanejad is powerful for a teenager, which is why the Sens love him.

list, a likely factor in Stromes ascension. The Swiss right winger was a great person to lean on since he played nine games for the Isles last year before being sent to junior, where he starred for the Western Leagues Portland Winterhawks. He felt it benetted him a lot, Strome said of Niederreiters brief NHL stint. That magical nine-game number is an important one in

NHL circles because once a player skates in his 10th contest of a season, his entry level contract is activated. That means hes one year closer to his second contract and those pacts have proven to be quite lucrative lately. While Saad and Strome would return to the Ontario League (to Saginaw and Niagara, respectively), Ottawas Mika Zibanejad would have a much further journey as per international agreement. The powerful Swedish center would return to his home country and Djurgarden if the Senators decide not to keep him

on board. But with the team in rebuilding mode, his odds of staying in the Canadian capital for the long haul are better. For an 18-year-old kid, hes strong physically, said director of player personnel Pierre Dorion. His skating is a big asset and hes able to battle with older players. Z-Bad also has the benet of a living Swedish legend suiting up on his wing in Daniel Alfredsson. I dont think Ive met a better person than Daniel, Dorion said. Being around him will make Mika a better player. The 2011 draft class had been predicted to be lean, but the number of kids who made the nal cut in the NHL is actually high. Floridas Jonathan Huberdeau (third overall) was the only top-eight pick not to start the year in the NHL, with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Adam Larsson, Strome, Zibanejad, Mark Scheifele and Sean Couturier all cracking their squads. Joining them were Ryan Murphy, who went 11th to Carolina, and Saad. As a comparison, only six players from the 2010 class made their opening night rosters, with Niederreiter the lone rookie to return to junior. This year, more players will likely be returned once theyve reached nine games, based on the fact injured players will return and the opportunity for more seasoning and world junior glory are such positives. No matter what the decision, teams must get value from the player, but also consider his future. For someone like Zibanejad, the objective is clear. Hes gotta help us, Dorion said, and we need to help his development. After all, time is of the essence here. Ryan Kennedy

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The Instigator

by charlie teljeur

tom SEStIto

Mixed Reviews
Brendan Shanahan brought the hammer down hard on a host of NHLers in the pre-season, dishing out several harsh suspensions. Some of those smacked down were fringe players or prospects willing to do anything to impress their coaches enough to stick in the big league. Anaheims Jean-Francois Jacques, Phillys Tom Sestito and Detroits Brendan Smith were three such men who crossed the line and incurred the new sheriffs wrath. Jacques was suspended for leaving the bench to start a ght on a legal line change, Sestito for hitting Andre Deveaux from behind and Smith for a hit to the head of Ben Smith. They paid for their transgressions with the rest of their pre-season games and some in the regular season (Jacques and Smith ve games, Sestito two), effectively throwing away any hope they had of cracking the NHL to start 2011-12. The players were sent to the American League Jacques to Syracuse, Sestito to Adirondack and Smith to Grand Rapids. But before the players could suit up in the minors, they had to undergo yet another review, this time by AHL president and CEO David Andrews. According to the AHLs bylaws, players under suspension in the NHL or another league must rst have their situations reviewed by Andrews before theyre allowed to play. In the cases of Sestito, Jacques and Smith, Andrews ruled Sestito ineligible to play until Oct. 9, Jacques Oct. 15 and Smith Oct. 18. Players cannot serve their NHL suspensions in the AHL, so if Sestito, Jacques and Smith get called up to the NHL, theyll have to sit some more before they can suit up in the big time. ronnie Shuker

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The Best & Worst

Local cops bust scalpers hawking Jets tickets for exorbitant amounts. Why doesnt this happen more around the league?

The Kings Mike Richards pays immediate dividends for L.A., setting up the overtime-winning goal in the season opener.

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bum rap for Ex-raNgEr

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aNothEr yEar, aNothEr loSS

Sean Avery may be a divisive personality, but even he deserved a better look at New Yorks training camp before the Blueshirts waived him.

Montreal just cant keep defensemen healthy. Chris Campoli leaves the Habs rst tilt with a hammy and Andrei Markovs still not back.

richards: stephen dunn/Getty imaGes; sestito: Bruce Bennett/Getty imaGes

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A Great Lady Gone


The practice of putting women on pedestals began to die out when it was discovered that they could give orders better from there. Betty Grable

CBa

WATCH

Behind the young players who have ltered through junior teams are people like Doris Rubel who made them feel at home
Days unTil expiRaTion

he families of the majority of play-

ers in the NHL made a decision when their young boys were barely in their mid-teens. They chose to allow their sons to leave home and pursue their dreams. At 14, 15, 16 years old, they were entrusted to organizations some better than others and embedded with surrogate families in the cities where these junior hockey clubs rule. These households, or billets, are the networks of terric people who welcome hungry, impressionable, hormone-wrestling players into their domiciles. The person who organizes and monitors the host families for the organization is arguably the most valuable asset connected to any junior franchise. For 40 years Doris Rubel was that person for the Kamloops Blazers, Junior Oilers, Chiefs, Rockets and Braves, and she is easily the nest to ever hold such a position for any team, anywhere. Legendary hard-ass coaches from Bill LaForge to Ken Hitchcock to Don Hay along with all the others who stood behind the Kamloops bench took orders from Doris. For those of us who played there Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan, Darcy Tucker, Scott Niedermayer, Rob Brown, Tyson Nash, Greg Hawgood, Darryl Sydor, Len Barrie, Doug Bodger, Corey Hirsch, Dean Evason and many, many more she was a kind, caring den mother. She gave funds she didnt have and cooked meals for players she didnt have to make. (Former Jr. Oiler/Blazer beat writer Ben Kuzma quipped Doris fridge should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame.) And she provided a bed when things hit a rocky spell at a players billet home while at the same time searching for answers or another household. Doris knew when to look the other way and when to drop the hammer. Cripes, she had a police scanner in her living room she always knew what was up. I just think she chose to turn it down on certain nights. She had a gentle way, but a rm conviction.

DorIS rubEl

She was extra large in stature, yet ethereal in her delivery. She had her favorites and her opinions. She loved to laugh. God, how Doris loved a good laugh. And she always had time for her boys. Doris, shown in this photo with Kamloops GM Craig Bonner, was awarded the rst ever WHL distinguished service award in 2004 and helped teams like the Vancouver Giants, and Chilliwack Bruins start their billet programs. This past week Doriss time on Earth ran out her health battles nally getting the best of her at age 75 but who she was, how much she gave and how deeply she impacted others will live on and be celebrated. The Blazers, Western League, Canadian League and the community have lost a great woman. DaRyl Reaugh
Daryl Reaugh is a former NHL goaltender who played in Kamloops from 1983 to 1985. He currently works as an analyst for Dallas Stars games and on Hockey Night In Canada.

THe 2011-12 campaigN is the nal year of the NHLs current collective bargaining agreement. and while there isnt a sense of impending labor armaggedon as there was prior to the 2004-05 cancelled season, a number of important issues bear watching and The Hockey News will do just that with regular coverage of the CBa and negotiations on a new deal between NHL team owners and the Players association. There already are some labor-related effects being felt in NHL circles. For example, teams no longer can take advantage of the so-called performance bonus cushion allowing them to roll over any bonus money that causes them to exceed the salary cap to the following season. Until a new collectively-bargained agreement is nalized, teams cannot spend a penny more than the $64.3 million upper limit. as it stands, the league and NHLPa arent likely to begin new CBa negotiations until the beginning of 2012. But make no mistake agents, players and league ofcials will be keeping a close eye on new developments. We will, too. adam proTeau

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masks: david arrigo

Pat Tillman is well known, but his legacy with the U.s. military is such that tributes keep coming. Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera puts a hockey spin on the honors with his new mask, which also highlights the recent missions and sacrices of the Canadian military.

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Motown Alchemy

The Wings are once again trying to turn scrap metal into gold as they give Fabian Brunnstrom a chance to resurrect his career

t comes as no surprise Fabian Brunnstrom is getting the chance to revive his career with the Detroit Red Wings. After all, the Wings have made an art of taking unknown talents and occupiers of the scrap heap and transforming them into impact players. Four years ago, Brunnstrom came out of nowhere and prompted a bidding war for his services as a free agent. And after an initial burst that had the staying power of a supernova, Brunnstrom essentially dropped off the radar and toiled, not very productively, in the American League. In fact, he had precisely the same number of points in the AHL just 40 in 81 games that he had in 99 career NHL games. But the 26-year-old winger is starting almost from scratch again with the Red Wings, who invited him to training camp and signed him to a two-way contract prior to the start of the season. Itll be the ultimate irony if Brunnstrom, who wasnt good enough to thrive with either the Dallas Stars or Toronto Maple Leafs, nds his niche with the powerhouse Red Wings. But then again, Detroit has an uncanny way of identifying untapped talent and placing players in situations where they can be successful. The Red Wings invited Brunnstrom to camp on the recommendation of their European scout Hakan Andersson, who has a habit of nding stars in obscure outposts. He told coach Mike Babcock during camp that Brunnstrom possesses an elite level of hockey sense. Andersson has more sway with the Red Wings than most scouts do in their organization and his assessment prompted the Wings to take a closer look. They liked what they saw. I see a guy who might be able to evolve one day into a top-six forward, Babcock said. We think he might eventually be Dan Cleary. If that transpires, the Red Wings, and Brunnstrom, will be thrilled. Cleary has posted three 20-goal seasons with Detroit after spend-

ing his rst seven professional seasons frittering away his talent. Brunnstrom is still a work in progress a hooking penalty he took toward the end of a pre-season game against the Toronto Maple Leafs looked like one of the laziest in the history of the game but both the Wings and Brunnstrom are cautiously hopeful. I knew I wasnt quite ready when I rst came over here, although all the papers in the world thought I was ready, Brunnstrom said. But I think Ive picked up a few things. It has been some tough years for me, but you cant just give up and lie down and die. You have to keep going. The Red Wings are starting to see in Brunnstrom what all the scouts who beat a path to Sweden to watch him play saw four years ago. At 6-foot-1 and 206 pounds, hes a big body who has the ability to control the puck. Combine that with astute hockey sense and decent skating ability and you have a guy who, if he grasps the pro game, could emerge as an impact player. I like him because hes always on the puck, Babcock said. We got Cleary a long time ago and suddenly hes a top-six forward. We think this kid can do the same. ken campBell

Perhaps Joe Louis arena should have a replica statue of liberty outside its doors, welcoming the tired, poor and huddled masses of other nHl franchises. the Wings unofcially lead the nHl in successful reclamation projects, including these ve.
By BrIan lIu

Larry MurPHy Defense Murphy produced during his Leafs tenure, but was a scapegoat for team struggles. Traded to Motown at 35, he helped the Wings to back-to-back titles with 26 points in 42 playoff games.

M. SaMueLSSoN right Wing Samuelsson bounced around with the Sharks, Rangers, Penguins and Panthers before landing in Detroit, where he more than doubled his careerhigh with 23 goals in 2005-06.

PaTrick eaveS right Wing Eaves was thought washed-up after only 11 goals in two seasons with the Hurricanes and Senators. Detroit scooped him up in 09 and he chipped in with 12 goals and 22 points.

DaNNy Markov Defense Markovs play had already declined by the time the Wings signed him in 2006, but the club squeezed one solid year (16 points, career-high plus-25) before he left for the KHL.

DaN cLeary right Wing Cleary was drafted 13th overall, but never had more than 14 goals in his rst seven seasons. As a Wing, hes had three 20-goal campaigns, including a career-high 26 in 2010-11.

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Invitation Only For NHL Vets


As roster spots get sucked up by prospects, players with tenure are having to go bottom up to get back to the big time

Where Da party At?


Many vets got invitations to tryout for the big dance. Some made it, some didnt. Heres a list of notables, the teams they tried out for and career games played.

Owen nOlan VAN Steve StaiOS* NYI Petr SykOra* NJ Michael nylander PHI Jay PandOlfO* NYI ryan JOhnSOn det adaM Mair PHI chriS clark BOS anderS erikSSOn VAN tOdd fedOruk VAN

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captain Mark Streit. This is a good t for me, Staios said. Ill do what Ive done the past (14) years, be a good teammate and give the young players a good example of how to handle themselves and be a professional. While many vets struggle with the prospect of retirement, Staios had no such worry. I knew I could still contribute, but I wasnt worried in any way. If that in fact was it, the market spoke and I didnt have a job,

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soned NHLers, Steve Staios found himself without work as the calendar called on September. The veteran D-man waited all off-season for a deal, but nothing materialized except tryout offers. I never expected to nd myself in that situation, Staios said. I thought if it ever came to the point where I only had a tryout then that would be it. The Islanders had approached Staios earlier in the summer with an offer to come to camp, but the 38-year-old waited to see if anything else came up. Come the fall, and without a contract, his agent urged him to reconsider, as did Isles coach Jack Capuano. He said if I came in and played well, Id earn a spot, Staios said. He made no promises. He just said, Well give you a good look. I liked his enthusiasm about the team, so I decided to come. The Isles are glad he did. After a solid showing, they inked the Hamilton, Ont., native to a one-year deal worth $800,000 in base pay and another $800,000 in performance bonuses. He started the season paired with

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here once was a time when pundits who questioned the direction of the colorado avalanche essentially were placing their reputations inside a dunk tank and triggering the release lever themselves. two stanley cups and six appearances in the Western conference final in their first seven seasons built the franchise a fairly unassailable reputation. but in missing the playoffs three of the past five seasons, Colorado has ensured those days are over and the assailing has commenced in earnest. Rather than being a post-season staple, the avalanche are now a team with as many, if not more, questions than answers. and although the era of nhl parity has made the line between contender and pretender thinner than ever, colorado as presently constituted are the nhls most polarizing team. When the hockey news editorial department convened to put together its regular season predictions, there was much debate over the placement of teams. there always is. but the discrepancy between staffers as it pertained to Colorado was striking. A number of guys

liked the avs enough to put them into the playoffs. But there was an equal number of dissenters including myself who were incredulous. i dont disregard the prodigious talents of matt duchene or the potential held by youngsters Erik Johnson, Paul Stastny and 2011 first round draft pick Gabriel landeskog. (in fact, i like landeskog for the calder trophy.) but i cant shake the memory of the awful 2010-11 avalanche team and didnt see nearly enough roster improvement to suggest theyd come close to a post-season spot. Colorado didnt finish 29th overall last year by accident. they went 4-17-1 to end the season and won just 10 of 44 games in the 2011 calendar year a .227 win percentage that was the nhls worst. their goals-against average (3.50) and penalty kill (76.1 percent) ranked dead last. What did Gm Greg sherman do this summer to address a clear problem with

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his defense? He booted the entire goaltending contingent to the curb, traded for former capitals starter semyon varlamov, signed veteran free agent Jean-Sebastien Giguere as Varlamovs backup, and acquired free agent blueliners Jan Hejda and shane Obrien. Theres no doubt Varlamov showed stretches of brilliance, as was evident in his numbers (2.23 GAA, .924 save percentage) last season, but those digits came on a drastically better team. That, along with his injury battles, makes the pricey trade (a 2012 first round pick and an a conditional second-rounder) a pronounced gamble that could backfire bigtime. if they have to lean on Giguere (2.87 Gaa, .900 sP with toronto last season) for any significant stretch of time, Colorado is a good bet to plummet to the bottom of the standings again and hand Washington a very high (if not the highest) draft pick this summer. thats why, with apologies to ron Wilson, bruce boudreau and perhaps brent sutter, theres no coach with more pressure to win than third-year colorado bench boss Joe Sacco. But Sacco must do so (a) without the veteran savvy of avs John-Michael Liles, Tomas Fleischmann and Adam Foote; (b) with a 35-year-old milan hejduk and a youngster in Peter Mueller, who has dealt with a terrible concussion; and (c) with an ownership group that wont help him by spending anywhere near the salary cap maximum (according to capgeek. com, the avs had the third-lowest payroll to start 2011-12.) does this sound to you like a group that should be picked ahead of a veteran calgary team, a restocked blue Jackets squad and a Minnesota roster whose goalie is better than any avalanche netminder since Patrick roy patrolled colorados pipes? it sure doesnt to me, but thats how we ended up predicting them to finish. lets get real here. you can make a case for the avalanche, as you can with any almost team, but if you overlook the case against them, youve been inhaling too much of that thin denver air.

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ed very often. Who was RiCk nash the last No. 1 center to got his wish: get moved before (Hol- moRe staR mgren) traded Carter poweR in and (Mike) Richards (to Columbus. Los Angeles) this summer? It was Brad Richards three years ago. As excited as our fans were with the trade and as excited as I was being able to make it, you can guess who the most excited person was: Rick Nash. With Carter and Nash, the Blue Jackets believe they can finally run with the big dogs in not only the Central Division, but the Western Conference. Chicago has Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, Detroit has Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, Anaheim has Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, and Vancouver has the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel. If you look around the league, every good team has that 1-2, Nash said. Dont get me wrong for a second weve had some great players here in Columbus. But I think theres just a 1-2 punch now that every good team in the league has and its exciting. If Carter and Nash dont quite seem on the same plateau as the other combinations, they should. Consider this: since the beginning of 2007-08, Carter (144) and Nash (143) are fifth and sixth in the NHL in goals. Only Alex Ovechkin (203), Ilya Kovalchuk (167), Jarome Iginla (160) and Dany Heatley (145) have more.
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early signs are veteran winger Vinny Prospal will play left wing with columbus big pair. carter and Nash, who switches to right wing, played together four times in the pre-season once with Prospal and, after a slow start, they started putting on a show. When you see those big guys making plays, said blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel, you find yourself just sort of staring. the worry among many is carter and Nash both regarded as shooters and finishers more than playmakers will need more than one puck to find happiness or theyll require a pure playmaker to help them thrive as linemates. While Prospal can make plays and possess the puck, there are times when his job will simply be to get out of the way. Nash is a crasher and banger, a guy who leans on defenders down low, powers around them and pounces on rebounds often his own to score many of his goals. Hes a better passer than most realize, however, and his assist total stands to increase sharply this season playing alongside a finisher. thats carter, a tightspace sniper. His release is frighteningly quick, rivaled only by tampa bays Steven Stamkos or calgarys Iginla. Where carter most often makes plays is on the rush. I think weve both been in situations where weve needed to score goals, so thats how our games have evolved, Nash said. Youve watched him in practice and in some of the exhibition gameswe were finding each other pretty good. but with a shot like that, I dont think anybody wants him passing up shots to see if something else is going to develop. If he gets the puck anywhere around the net, its going upstairs before anybody realizes it. carter and Nash have combined a handful of pop plays. thats how they term the scoring chances that seem to explode out of nothing and they require vision and playmaking to make them pop. I dont know Jeffs game quite as well as Ricks yet, Arniel said. but I said it many times last year: rick has great vision. Hes done a lot of shooting here in the past, maybe out of necessity. but both of those guys can move the puck and if you put two world-class players together, they tend to figure things out pretty quickly. Arniel was asked to name two scorers who have clicked on

Jeff carter says he has moved on from the hard feelings he had after being dealt from Philly. a line together, as opposed to a scorer-playmaker. Perry and Getzlaf in Anaheim, he said. those are two big guys who are regarded primarily as scorers. but Id say that line has worked pretty well really well the last few seasons. off the ice, there are similarities between carter and Nash, too. theyre both laid-back, low-key guys, said teammate r.J. Umberger. theyve been hanging around each other a lot since the summer and theyre hitting it off pretty good. carter and Nash have gone to two ohio State football games already and watched others together on tV, as well as going to Nashs home in the columbus suburbs at least twice for dinner. I think were actually pretty similar people, carter said. Were two guys who just go about our business. carter came from Philadelphia with a reputation for being standoffish with the media, a malcontent. When he was traded

in June, he said he felt betrayed by the Flyers after they promised him he wouldnt be traded only a few days earlier. Ive moved on, is all Carter will say about the trade these days. Nash and Umberger have helped ease him into the fold in Columbus, as has winger Jared Boll, who let Carter stay in his apartment for two weeks while he looked for a permanent spot. But Carters agent, Rick Curran, said being comfortable in the city wont be an issue for his client. The big challenge there is not wondering whether hell find comfort, Curran said. The question is, can you be in a position there to win enough games, to have success? If the Blue Jackets do everything they can to win and compete for championships, you wont have any problems with Jeff Carter. The Blue Jackets summer makeover didnt stop with the addition of Carter. In line with Nashs request for bold moves came Howsons trade of a draft pick to Montreal for the rights to defenseman James Wisniewski, a pending free agent. The Jackets had never traded for a pending free agents rights before and never had one of Wisniewskis profile consid-

ering signing a deal. Wisniewski, who finished tied for fifth among NHL defensemen last season with 51 points (10-41-51), signed a sixyear, $33-million contract. Then when left winger Kristian Huselius went down with a torn pectoral muscle, the Blue Jackets signed Prospal to fill the void. In the past, they may have tried to get by without Huselius for the first couple months of the season. The Jackets also signed veteran defenseman Radek Martinek to play on their second pair. All the summer activity has pushed the Blue Jackets payroll well over $60 million, a franchise high. It was done, with Nashs urging, in the hope next summer wont start so soon. Its obvious that ownership and management are committed to winning, Nash said. Thats great to see. It makes it exciting, not just in the room but among the fans. Now we have to take the next step, which is the big step winning on the ice, taking how good we think we are on paper and proving it on the ice.

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Hockey Canadas brand new Athletic and Ice Complex features all the bells and whistles. And it has everyone gushing
treal canadiens new training center back when they were transitioning from the Forum to the Bell Centre, said WinSport president and Hockey canada board member Dan oNeill. At the time, it was one of the most modern around and the (AIc) blows that away. Steve Palmer, who co-ordinated the project from groundbreak onward, has made a hobby recounting its many unique features. We gave the architects creative license to make something visually captivating, he said. but we wanted something that would speak to everyone who visits the center, no matter where theyre from. the international-sized arena has fresh water piped straight to the benches and each rink is fitted with HDtV cameras so between periods, even for a youth hockey tournament, teams can go into their dressing room and pull up game footage. other features are the leg press machines that emails a players performance data to his trainers, the underwater treadmill and the sports science laboratory where athlete and equipment testing will be ongoing. the world will get its first look at the AIC this December when Calgary and edmonton co-host the World Junior championship. There wont be any official games at the AIC, but all 10 teams competing in the tournament will call it home. This year will be the first time ever at a World Junior championship that all the teams will practise out of one facility, Nicholson said. Usually you need three or four arenas. Short-term accommodations will be great for visitors, but, says Wickenheiser, itll be canadas home teams who benefit most: Itll really help players on the national teams generate more of a family bond with spending so much time in the same place, which is critical when preparing for short tournaments.
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obody likes moviNg day, unless its long overdue. And that exactly the case for Hockey canada as it prepares to move into its new $220-million Athletic and Ice complex from their understated, red brick, single-rink home at Father David bauer olympic Arena. It represents the evolution of hockey in this country, olympian Hayley Wickenheiser said of the 500,000 square-foot calgary facility. Now theres a physical place that canadian fans and players can identify with and call home. Wickenheiser recalls walking into Hockey canadas vintage headquarters for the first time. She was a wide-eyed, 15-year-old prairie girl, preparing to try out for the canadian womens national team. the rest of Wickenheisers story is now famed history, but the AIC is all about the future. She believes it will help hockey culture in canada remain a stride ahead of the competition. the AIc provides players a place to train, play, learn and seek help. Whether someone needs an MrI or a concussion baseline test, itll all be available. theres even the 150-student National Sport School on the premises for elite high school athletes. I think its about time, Wickenheiser said. to have a fitness facility, weight room, research center, medical clinic, physio clinic and four ice rinks in the same building is something weve never had before. Hockey canada president bob Nicholson said board members knew if they were going to make a move, it had to be something world class. thats why they partnered with WinSport Canada, one of the top amateur athletic training and promotion organizations in the world (21 of 26 canadian medalists at the 2010 olympics trained at WinSports Canada Olympic Park grounds, where the AIc is located). I worked on the approval process for the Mon-

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Like a now-taboo far east delicacy, sticuffs in the NHL are oh so good to those fans who eat it up
hark fin soup is a popular dish in chinese culture. Well, it was a popular dish until recently, when a lot of people turned onto the fact that cutting off the fin of a shark and hucking the doomed fish back into the ocean isnt cool. ive been served the offending broth at a chinese wedding and personally, the fin doesnt add anything. it just tasted like regular soup to me. but there are intractable groups of folks out there who swear you need to have shark fin soup at such an event. it just wont do to skip that course. When i think about fighting in hockey, i think of shark fin soup. but unlike the soup, i find fighting delicious. i love it. and im not alone. Fisticuffs are unique to hockey among the four major sports and while ive heard many convincing arguments about why it has no place in hockey, i just cant be swayed. deep down, in a visceral pocket of my innards, i get pumped when a couple of willing participants drop the gloves. Hockey is great theater and when the tension is high and your team is playing its biggest rival, can you think of anything better (other than a goal, of course) than a fight breaking out? all that energy boiling over, the snap in the moment like a downpour from pregnant dark clouds is the reason we choose sides and put on team colors in the first place. Theres a certain sense of justice in a lot of scraps. Talk to nHlers these days and many of them will tell

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I find fighting delicious.

you its the guys who dont have to fight that enrage them the most. pittsburghs matt cooke, for example, only dropped the gloves three times last season and only once against an experienced fighter (mike Richards). as a quick comparison, cooke was suspended twice last year for egregious acts of bodily harm on unsuspecting opponents. back in 2009-10, cooke did challenge atlanta rookie evander Kane to a tilt after Kane had been pestering sidney crosby and the Thrashers freshman famously dropped the penguin with one big punch. if your favorite team had been diminished by one of cookes line-crossing acts over the years, that had to feel pretty sweet, didnt it? one of the enduring images of the 2004 stanley cup came when Tampas vincent lecavalier threw down with calgary captain Jarome iginla. The fact two of the most talented individuals in that series decided to scrap really put into perspective how much they wanted to win. now, i can understand the anti-fighting crowds argument that having your best player off the ice for five minutes possibly more if he gets injured is stupid. but at least in this case it was an even trade in the penalty box. and frankly, it was a memory that has stood the test of time. do you remember what the winning goal looked like in that series? of course fighting in hockey is irrational, but so is diving in soccer and they seem to accept it. There are a lot of things we do in life that cant be explained in a cold, deadening manner and thats oK. its tough to say if fighting will endure in the nHl of the future. Head injury awareness is certainly important, but if theres one saving grace for those who like scraps, its that fights only produce a fraction of concussions in the nHl at eight percent a much smaller number than you would expect. one persistent debate point is what an nHl without fighting would mean to the fan base. does it get larger? does it shrink? Fans who would prefer no fights can often be heard talking up olympic hockey as a gold standard. but its a little unfair to compare a team that can trot out a top line of ovechkin-malkin-Kovalchuk to an injury-riddled new york islanders squad or an ottawa senators roster in full rebuild mode. scrappers are often fan favorites think George parros in anaheim or Jordin Tootoo in nashville and the vast majority of folks rise from their stadium seats every time a couple of players square off. so whether those 18,000-plus people can explain what they like about fisticuffs or not, theyre voting with their butts. irrational? maybe. but its been that way for a very long time and a love of fighting is something i just cant shake. and it doesnt leave a bad taste in my mouth.

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DETROIT: red Wings owner Mike Ilitch recently revealed that bettman promised his franchise would be the first team to move east when the opportunity arose. Given Detroits standing as a model citizen within the league and its close proximity to the grand majority of eastern teams, the Wings have to be considered the odds-on favorite. COLUMBUS: the blue Jackets are geographically situated farther east than Detroit and also would welcome a respite from the onerous travel schedule and late-starting road games for a still-developing fan base. the comparatively easier competition in the east also would be a boon for a franchise that has made the playoffs just once in its 10 years of existence. DALLAS: the Stars realize they wont be at the top of anyones list to move to the east, but they would prefer to be moved out of the Pacific Division and to the more time-friendly Central. They have bigger fish to fry finding a new team owner, for one thing but a move might make the franchise more attractive to a potential buyer. NASHVILLE: the Predators see themselves as a natural replacement for Atlanta in the Southeast and an easy swap that would put the Jets in the central. If that came to pass, Nashville would be the only team in the Southeast not in the same time zone, but the idea of playing against teams closer geographically is very appealing to Preds ownership and fans. MINNESOTA: currently situated in the Northwest, the Wild would love little more than to turn back the clocks and find themselves in more of a Central setting, as the North Stars had with the Norris Division before the franchise left for Dallas. Wild owner craig Leipold envisions a revamped central, including the Jets, blues, Predators and Hawks. Given Dalys statement, that seems like a longshot.

The NHL divisions will look different next season. The question is, which Western teams will have the dreams fullled?

hen the Atlanta Thrashers became the Winnipeg Jets this summer, the relocated franchise presented a number of logistical issues for the NHL to deal with. chief among them was Winnipegs awkward placement in the leagues Southeast Division. but commissioner Gary bettman and league brass acknowledge the situation as only temporary and made clear their effort to: (a) move the Jets into the Western conference; and (b) send a Western team to the east to maintain 15-teamper-division balance. the opportunity for realignment caused some hockey observers to envision drastic change an all-canadian division, for example but NHL deputy commissioner bill Daly all but shot that down. the consensus of the board of Governors as expressed at our recent board meeting seems to be to try to effectuate a realignment that produces the least amount of change possible from our current structure, Daly said in an email, adding that the next board of governors meeting in December likely would finalize Winnipegs move west for the 2012-13 campaign. With that in mind, here are the current Western conference teams who are interested in moving from their present divisional location and why theyd love to make a switch:

as the NhL debates how to realign its divisions, there is an option out there that is particularly appealing: doing away with divisons altogether and going with conference play.

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Such a plan wouldnt mean the end of divisional rivalries. the league still could mandate that traditional division rivals play each other six times a season as they do at present. Canadiens fans still would hate toronto as much as they ever did. But lets be honest does intra-divisional play really mean anything in and of itself anymore?

most fans, players and hockey people check the standings strictly to see if their team is in a playoff position. a divisional title banner is a nice way to take up space in an arenas rafters, but if that title isnt followed up with a Stanley Cup championship, it isnt worth much at all. By and large, divisions are a product of a bygone, heavily

regionalized NhL era. they dont add anything to a fans experience. Instead, they represent a diversion, a cluster of trees that block interested observers from seeing the forest. By acknowledging that fact and switching to a conferenceonly format, the NhL would present a much clearer picture for all of us to focus on. AP

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that, however, is corner store costume jewelry compared to the 505 Stanley Cup rings that were forged for the teams players, coaches, front office and personnel. Yes, 505. And considering the chicago blackhawks paid about $30,000 a ring when they won last season, a purchase like that is bound to put in serious jeopardy owner Jeremy Jacobs reputation as the NHLs most prominent skinflint. You know, the kind of guy whose wallet is like an onion. every time he opens it, he starts crying. The Bruins ring is encrusted with a total of 302 diamonds and is made of 14-karat gold. The top features diamond set images of the Bruins logo superimposed over the Stanley Cup. One side has another diamond Stanley cup with 2011, 1972, 1970, 1941, 1939 and 1929 signifying the organizations six championships. the other side has the players name and number and the inside of the ring is inscribed with FULL 60+ TO HISTORY and the logos of the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Vancouver Canucks, the four teams the Bruins vanquished in the playoffs en route to their first Stanley cup championship in 39 years. What, they couldnt think of anything else to put on it? Probably a good thing since it already looks heavy enough to cause a hernia. Theyre big, acknowledged Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, who was part of the group that conceived the design, but theyre no bigger than Chicagos or Detroits from the last few victories. We kind of patterned them after those. but the real question is which team will the bruins pattern themselves after in a season that has, at least in recent history, become something of a black hole for Stanley Cup champions? Will they be the Red Wings, the last team to win back-to-back championships and the franchise that won the Cup in 2008 and lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final in 2009? Or will they be the Blackhawks, who won their first Cup in 49 years in 2010 and followed that up with a season so underwhelming they backed into the playoffs and lost in the first round? Or will they be

somewhere in between? (by the way, things did not start well. The Bruins lost their first game of the season 2-1 to the Flyers, the same night they raised the banner at the tD Garden.) one thing we can say with almost total certainty, the boston bruins will not win the Stanley cup in 2012. thats because: (a) the Stanley cup is the hardest trophy in sports to win even once; and (b) the Stanley cup is almost impossible to win twice in todays NHL.

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Its like youve climbed Mount everest, said Detroit red Wings GM Ken Holland, who knows more about what it takes to repeat than any GM in the league, and you wake up two months later and somebody puts you down at the base of the mountain and they want you to do it all over again. Piece of cake for Super Sherpa Apa, the guy who has climbed everest a record 21 times, not so easy for guys in the NHL. Its almost as though teams dont even defend the cup anymore. thats because at no time in the leagues history has the label of defending Stanley cup champion carried less cache and more baggage. there was once a time when coming into the next season as champion was an advantage, but now it feels like a liability. For better or worse, the league has never had more parity in its history. the difference between winning and losing has never been so razor-thin. consider the fact the bruins and Canucks, the two teams that met in the Stanley Cup final, were one shot away from being sent home in the first round. Then consider the fact the difference between the second seed and the 10th seed in the Western conference last year was just 11 points. We play hockey for six months, Holland said. thats one win a month. For the next half year, the bruins will constantly be reminded they won the cup. every time the bruins go into an opposing rink, theyll do so as the team to beat. After a summer of hometown celebrations, ring ceremonies and banner raisings, it was almost impossible for the bruins to decompress and get away from it all even if they wanted to. Weve patted each other on the back enough, said defenseman Andrew Ference, and had enough dinners and celebrations to last for a while. Now the real work begins for the bruinsagain. the road to repeating is laced with a minefield of pitfalls and whether or not the bruins get swallowed up by them will depend upon how well they are equipped to deal with them. one thing we can count on is that we could know the bruins fate long before the regular season comes to a close. thats because since the NHL adopted its current playoff format in 1994, only once has a team won the Stanley Cup after finishing lower than fourth in total points in their conference. (that would be the 1994-95 New Jersey Devils during a lockout-shortened season.) contrary to the popular belief anything can happen in the playoffs, anything never does. Its remarkable actually how consistently good the ultimate winners have been during the regular season, which quashes the notion teams that struggle and muddle their way through the season can somehow flip a switch in the playoffs and go on to win a Stanley cup. Some-

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times theyre good for a round or two and occasionally they even make it to the final. But they never, ever win. As it turns out, the bruins are actually pretty well equipped. Probably not well enough to win the Stanley cup in 2012, but theres no reason to think theyll bumble their way through the season, either. even if some lightweight did order an Amstel Light at the post-cup bash at a boston nightclub, there is absolutely no way the bruins will be able to avoid the Stanley cup hangover, a very real malady that can be lethal if not treated quickly and properly. the blackhawks obviously didnt get the patient in time last year, as evidenced by Duncan Keiths comments during the first round of the playoffs.

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I felt like (the season) had really good stretches and then there (were) times I would just, I dont want to say lose focus, but just was not really interested for whatever reason, Keith said. Im not making any excuses, but I didnt feel excited coming back to start a season. thats just being honest. that same sense of malaise will unavoidably hit the bruins at some point this season. How could it not? You go from the passion, intensity and elation of winning hockeys biggest prize in June and by the next February youre slogging through a sixgame road trip that includes a stop in Winnipeg in the middle of the winter, plus visits to Minnesota, St. Louis, buffalo and ottawa. there is no way of predicting how the bruins will deal with the doldrums when they hit, because the only guy on the roster who had won a Stanley cup before last season was Shawn thornton. but the bruins have done their homework. both chiarelli and coach claude Julien have discussed the hangover issue with other coaches and managers around the league and chiarelli has put both himself and Julien on high alert to keep their antennae up. chiarelli said a number of players told him leading into the season they felt as though they just finished playing. He chose to interpret that in a good way, meaning his players havent lost anything and their gameshape is already at its peak. but he knows that euphoria will wear off at some point. there will be a letdown in some form, chiarelli said, and you just have to deal with it proactively. Milan Lucic, who led the bruins with 30 goals last season and would be one of the last guys youd expect to get complacent, said he and his teammates are doing everything they can to guard against losing their edge. Im interested to see what its going to be like around Game 25, Game 35, Game 45, he said. When you get into the dog days of January, even when you didnt win the Stanley cup, you get to that point. Its tough. the blackhawks cap crisis last season was well-documented, but the bruins thinned the herd far less dramatically, losing only Mark recchi to retirement and Michael ryder and tomas Kaberle to free agency. Kaberle, a trade deadline acquisition whose contribution to the cup victory was negligible, is ably replaced by Joe corvo. And with all due respect to recchi and ryder, they only contributed 32 goals last season between them. Sophomores tyler Seguin and brad Marchand, who will take on more prominent roles this season, should take care of much of that slack. And even though the Bruins finished fifth in goals scored last season and outscored the canucks 23-8 in the final, they managed to win last year despite their leading scorer getting only 62 points. to that end, if David Krejci resembles more the player who led the playoffs in goals and points and not the guy who scored just 13 times last season, that will also help close the gap. In fact, only three teams in the NHLs modern history have won the Stanley cup with their leading scorer averaging fewer than the 0.83 points per game Krejci scored last season. cam Ward posted a .920 save percentage during the playoffs to lead the carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley cup in 2006 and followed that up with an .897 mark the next season. ray emery

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fell apart in ottawa after leading his team to the Stanley cup final and Chicago and Philadelphia struggled through parts of last season trying to find a goalie they could trust. thats the least of the bruins worries with Vezina and conn Smythe winner tim thomas as the No. 1 and tuukka rask as the backup. thomas is 37, but he has several factors working in his favor. because his NHL career started relatively late, hes not an old 37 and the bruins have been mindful of giving him adequate rest. thomas is many things, a workhorse isnt one of them. Hes only played more than 60 games once (66 in 200607). He recognizes hes stronger when he doesnt play as much and thats proven itself by us winning a cup, chiarelli said, and were going to try to do it again. And whenever thomas needs a rest or should he falter, the bruins know they have a No. 1-caliber goalie they can trust in rask. After all, it was only two seasons ago the roles were reversed and rask was the bruins No. 1 goaltender. As far as depth of talent, there probably isnt a better, more compatible tandem in the league.

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GOALTENDING, SHMOALTENDING

No team has managed to repeat as Stanley cup champion since the red Wings won their second straight 13 years ago, but its not as though it cant be done. the Dallas Stars got to the final the year after winning in 1999 and the Red Wings lost Game 7 of the final in 2009 after winning it all in 2008. And you might forget just how close the red Wings came to actually making it three in a row in 1999. After getting Hall of Fame defenseman chris chelios at the deadline, the red Wings went 9-2-1 down the stretch and swept the first round of the playoffs. In the second round against the Colorado Avalanche, they won the first two games and looked be on their way until Steve Yzerman hit a crossbar seven min-

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utes into Game 3 with the Red Wings already up 1-0. The Avalanche stormed back and Patrick Roy put up a wall the rest of the series. So while there have been some spectacular flameouts, there have also been a number of teams that have bucked the curse of going to the final in recent years. What makes it so difficult is the fact its so unlikely things are going to fall into place the same way two years in a row. Are the Bruins as likely to be as unaffected by injury as they were last season? Can they possibly expect to get down 2-0 in not one, but two playoff series and come back to win them both again? Can they lose two of their top-six forwards (Nathan Horton and Patrice Bergeron) to concussions at different times during the playoffs and still prevail? People look back and they think the team that won it won a whole bunch of games 6-1, Holland said. What really happened was they won a whole bunch of games 3-2 and they probably won a few games in overtime. Those 3-2 wins become 3-2 losses and those overtime wins become overtime losses.
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RAISED EXPECTATIONS
The Bruins hope to see the David Krejci who led the playoffs in goals re-emerge during the 2011-12 season.

THE SWAGGER FACTOR

A lot of the championship teams that fail fall into the same trap as some people who run a marathon. The fact youve successfully completed a marathon means you can run 26.2 miles, nothing more. And teams that win championships sometimes fail to realize all that means is you were the best team in the league the year before, nothing more. We dont get the rights on it this year, Ference said. There are no bonus calls or more lucky bounces because you did well last year. Its a fresh slate. Nobody gets lucky or gets a free pass. You have to earn it. Perhaps its the fact they dont have a ton of star power in

their lineup, but its difficult to imagine this group feeling much of a sense of entitlement just because everything fell into place for them last spring. And if it can be considered a good thing, the core players in this group felt the pain of losing in Game 7 against Carolina three seasons ago and were part of the historical collapse against the Flyers in 2010, losing in seven games after taking a 3-0 lead and holding a 3-0 lead in Game 7. Its a very humble group, Julien said on the eve of the season. I like where we are right now.

FROM THE WINNIPEG JETS LOCKER ROOM

McMASTER GETTING THE JETS SET

ason McMaster has worked in hockey since he started out with the Saskatoon Blades as a Grade 12 student. Since then, hes made stops in Lethbridge, Vancouver, and the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. Last year, McMaster worked as an assistant equipment manager with the LA Kings, before getting the call to return to Manitoba. Today, McMaster is the head equipment manager of the new Winnipeg Jets.. the city and media. Its exciting, and its sure nice in LA, they didnt even know [the Kings] were playing sometimes, but here, everywhere you see, its Jets, Jets, Jets. Im sure proud to be part of it, thats for sure. THN: Every member of the Jets front office has worked
.JASON. McMASTER.
EQUIPMENT MANAGER

THN: You jumped to the pros from the AHL last year with the LA Kings. What was the biggest adjustment from the minors to the NHL? JM: Well, it wasnt a huge adjustment because of the fact that with the Manitoba Moose, we ran it very, very professionally. The biggest adjustment is probably the amount of equipment that pro players go through, it definitely is way more than at the AHL level, as well as the freedom in the choice of equipment we had. THN: How has it felt, being a part of the excitement around the Jets coming back to Canada? JM: I dont get too caught up in that. I just come and do my job and make sure the players are taken care of, and I dont get too worried about whats going on around in
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for the Moose. How do you feel about True North as an organization? JM: Everybody in some form or another on our training staff has worked for the Moose before. Its the best Ive ever worked with. The staff that we have here

were a tight family, and to be able to come back to that same group is an honour. THN: Whats it like starting a new franchise? How have you prepared for the new season? JM: Step one was coordinating the jerseys, working closely on what the team colours were going to be. And once that was established, working to make sure that the specs for things like pants were right, matching the colours, because something like Navy blue was not the same with every company. THN: How long have you used Blademaster, and what do you like about it? JM: Ive used it ever since I started [10 years ago]. The newest one here that we have with the granite top is the best machine Ive ever used. I like their new dressing system. Blademaster is committed to innovation.

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to starts. but the team does need to keep communicating with its star netminder to make sure hes comfortable when the puck is in buffalo territory. Weve had conversations on the way we want to play certain situations, how we want to use him, ruff said. Weve had lighter conversations on number of games, but I think it comes back to situations in our own end, how hed like us to play it, how wed like to play it, if our system matches up with what hes thinking. As one of the brighter players in the NHL, Miller is never short on opinions, particularly when it comes to the present and future state of the game. He was a member of the NHLs competition committee and always shares his views, most famously in that same series against Philadelphia last year after then-Flyers captain Mike richards drilled center tim connolly from behind. Miller pointed out richards had been accusing the Sabres of getting away with murder all series and pointedly asked if the Philly centers hit should be considered mass murder, to continue the analogy. this year, Miller has a stronger defense in front of him (a Murderers row, perhaps?), though the blueliners are just as happy to see him between the pipes. Its definitely great, said Ehrhoff, who knows a thing or two about elite goalies from his time in Vancouver with roberto Luongo. In your mind you know you can make a mistake and have a good goalie to back you up. the Sabres kicked off the year in europe where, it should be noted, the past two Stanley cup champs began their campaigns. In a neat bit of history, buffalo also went across the pond to start the 199899 pre-season the last time the franchise battled its way to the cup final. For now, though, Miller wants to focus on the initial 82 games. It ends up being a long season and there are a lot of things you have to do along the way, he said. Hopefully were talking about this later, about what we need to do in the post-season.

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he way last season ended, its no surprise buffalo Sabres goaltender ryan Miller is rarin to go this fall. the last time we saw the 2010 Vezina trophy winner, he was on the wrong end of a Philadelphia Flyers barrage that saw the lanky Michigan State product give up four goals in slightly more than 40 minutes of play en route to the Sabres bowing out of the first round of the playoffs in seven games. I want to get our team off to a good start, Miller said. Do whatever we can to get ourselves into a position where we can take advantage and win a championship. theres that c word again. buffalos tremendous off-season has elevated hopes in Western New York and on top of the additions of robyn regehr and christian
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ehrhoff on defense, to go with Ville Leino up front, the Sabres can count on their all-world goaltender seeking revenge for a merely mortal 2010-11. the point throughout it all is ryan wants to have a better year, said coach Lindy ruff, as does every player on this club. but Miller knows he can improve statistically. Since becoming the full-blown starter in 2006-07 (he played 48 games the year prior), the photography buff and clotheshorse had dropped his goals-against average in each successive season. Until last year. thats when the stat jumped to 2.59 from 2.22 in the season he won the Vezina. With Jhonas enroth proving himself a capable backup last year (9-2-2 record, 2.73 GAA), the Sabres dont have to run Miller into the ground when it comes

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the devils are going back to the future with Petr Sykora, who signed to a one-year contract after an impressive camp. He was a sniper with new Jersey from 1995 to 2002, potting 110 goals his nal four years there. the devils had the worst offense last season and hope sykora, who spent last year in europe, has some snipe left.

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Hedberg 1.3M fayne 543K larsson 925K salvador 2.9M corrente 660K urbom 857K A elias 6.0M Josefson 900K Henrique 854K Pelley 550K mills 525K Zajac 3.9M
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larsson kovalchuk elias Parise clarkson sykora 650K Palmieri 802K Zubrus 3.4M clarkson 2.7M Janssen 525K Zharkov 578K A
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streit grabner okposo tavares moulson okposo 2.8M rolston 5.0M Parenteau 1.3M martin 853K niederreiter 2.8M rakhshani 850K
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kris letang has developed in the shadows of the Pens stars, but he can hide no longer
ris Letang weaves easily through Pittsburghs dressing room, carefully making his way through crowds of media in front of his teammates, to his stall. All around him reporters line up to talk to Sidney crosby, evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Marc-Andre Fleury. You just come in, get undressed, take a shower and you are done and out of the rink, he says. Its pretty easy to do when you have those kinds of guys all around you. Letang wont be able to enjoy his solitude for long. that he remains relatively anonymous even now is surprising given his status and statistics: Letang emerged as Pittsburghs No. 1 blueliner with eight goals and 50 points, top 10 among NHL defenders last season. the only thing missing was consistency. After a sizzling first half, Letang only had a goal and nine assists his final 37 games. Some of that was the absence of crosby and Malkin as passing options, particularly on a power play that produced 24 of his points, but Letang directs the blame at himself for that. I tried to do things on my own, he said. I should have played the same way. If he can, there are few limits on the potential for the 24-year-old. there arent many better skaters than him, said teammate Zbynek Michalek. He can be a real dominating force in this league its scary a candidate for the Norris trophy. the only catch is he wont be able to sneak through the locker room unnoticed anymore. kevin woodley

moulson 3.1M grabner 3.0M comeau 2.5M Pandolfo 1.4M gillies 625K colliton 600K

Jay Pandolfo will don a new nHl sweater after 13 seasons with the devils. He had a short stint in the aHl last season when new Jersey cut ties with him after 2009-10. He was invited to isles camp and caught on using his trademark grittiness and Pk skills. Hell shore up the fourth line with marty reasoner and matt martin.

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girardi 3.3M sauer 1.3M del Zotto 1.1M bickel 600K woywitka 650K
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del Zotto richards dubinsky gaborik callahan callahan 4.3M gaborik 7.5M Prust 800K Zuccarello 1.8M thuresson 633K A deveaux 525K A
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dubinsky 4.2M fedotenko 1.4M wolski 3.8M rupp 1.5M kolarik 525K avery 1.9M A

while in europe, the rangers cut newcomer Tim Erixon and sent him to north america, only to bring him right back when injured marc staal couldnt start the season. they gave the 20-year-old out of skelleftea a second chance to catch on as the team started the season in his native sweden. Hope he banked those air miles.

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Pronger 4.9M timonen 6.3M meszaros 4.0M walker 1.7M bartulis 600K A Hartnell 4.2M read 900K rinaldo 544K shelley 1.1M S rowe 900K

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bobrovsky 1.8M carle 3.4M coburn 3.2M lilja 738K manning 900K gustafsson 900K A giroux 3.8M briere 6.5M couturier 1.4M talbot 1.8M schenn 3.1M A
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the flyers have a lot of young blood circulating their system. but one player they didnt expect to jump out in camp and grab a spot was Matt Read, an undrafted free agent out of bemidji state. read, 25, had the second-most points (seven) among rookies in the pre-season, one behind mark scheifele of the Jets.

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Johnson 600K lovejoy 525K martin 5.0M engelland 567K bortuzzo 535K Picard 600K A malkin 8.7M staal 4.0M letestu 625K adams 675K crosby 8.7M Jeffrey 575M
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martin letang neal malkin kunitz neal 2.9M kennedy 2.0M dupuis 1.5M asham 775K Park 550K Petersen 567K
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after 139 games in the aHl over three seasons (and a nine game nHl audition in 2010-11), Joe Vitale quietly impressed this autumn with his speed and physical play. the Pens gave him every chance, playing the 26-year-old in ve of six games. He snagged a spot on the fourth line and will see time on the Pk.
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GorGes: richard WoloWicz/Getty imaGes; BartkoWski+diaz: Francois lacasse/nhli via Getty imaGes; adam: Bill Wippert/nhli via Getty imaGes; da costa: Francois laplante/Freestyle photoGraphy/Getty imaGes; Gardiner: aBelimaGes/Getty imaGes

thomas 5.0M

rask 1.3M corvo 2.3M Ference 2.3M mcQuaid 575K kampfer 853K Warsofsky 875K A krejci 3.8M Bergeron 5.0M kelly 2.1M campbell 1.1M arniel 702K A sauve 846K A
Center

khudobin 875K A
1ST pp uNiT

chara 6.9M seidenberg 3.3M Boychuk 1.9M Bartkowski 850K cohen 875K A
left WinG

corvo chara krejci Bergeron horton horton 4.0M peverley 1.3M seguin 3.6M thornton 813K caron 1.1M tardif 600K A
riGht WinG

lucic 4.1M marchand 2.5M pouliot 1.1M paille 1.1M knight 723K A macdermid 604K A
josh GorGes

an injury to steven kampfer opened up the seventh d slot for Matt Bartkowski, who had a six-game stint with the Bruins last season. Getting the job that way was bittersweet for Bartkowski, who was kampfers roommate at ahl providence, but the 23-year-old has enough all-around skill to make a solid impression.

buffalo sabres
Goalies

Gorgeous Gorges

miller 6.3M

myers 1.3M ehrhoff 4.0M sekera 2.8M Weber 950K Brennan 875K A
left WinG

Defensemen

enroth 675K regehr 4.0M leopold 3.0M Gragnani 550K morrisonn 2.1M A mcnabb 900K A adam 875K roy 4.0M leino 4.5M Gaustad 2.3M hecht 3.5M turnbull 525K A
Center

leggio 525K A
1ST pp uNiT

myers ehrhoff vanek roy stafford pominville 5.3M stafford 4.0M Boyes 4.0M kaleta 908K kassian 870K A kotalik 3.0M A
riGht WinG

Montreal blueliner is a sight for sore eyes on a team that needs his steady inuence

ll Josh Gorges got on boxing Day was a knee injury and it meant he wouldnt return for the rest of the 2010-11 season. but the Habs blueliner is back and ecstatic to be playing in games again. It was frustrating, he said. More mentally than physically. It wears on you over time. that top blueliner Andrei Markov also missed most of the season with a knee injury allowed for a less-thanideal kinship between the two. We built a relationship, Gorges said. Hes a pretty reserved guy, a quiet guy, but spending time with him 1-on-1, we got to know each other a lot better and our relationship has grown since then. In his four-plus seasons with Montreal (after beginning his career in San Jose), Gorges has evolved into a key part of the canadiens back end, providing solid defensive work and calmness. the captaincy of the venerable franchise had also been attached to his name in some circles before right winger brian Gionta was awarded the c instead. Nevertheless, that team-first attitude showed in the pre-season when Gorges jumped tampa bay winger ryan Malone after a borderline hit laid out new defense partner chris campoli. It means a lot, campoli said. to know guys have your back out there and especially as defense partners, we rely on each other so much in a number of different ways through the game. Its special and hopefully we can continue to develop that chemistry. Ryan Kennedy

vanek 7.1M Gerbe 1.4M ennis 875K mccormick 1.2M ellis 525K Foligno 900K A

he may play in the ahl at some point this year, but a strong camp allowed Luke Adam to begin the season with the sabres. the 6-foot-2, 216-pound 21-year-old newfoundlander brings a physical edge, but as demonstrated by his 29 goals for portland in 2010-11, hes also able to contribute on offense.

montreal CanaDiens
Goalies Defensemen

price 2.8M

Budaj 1.2M Gill 2.3M


Gorges 2.5M

lawson 550K A
1ST pp uNiT

subban 875K spacek 3.8M markov 5.8M nash 900K A


Weber 850K

diaz 900K

pacioretty 1.6M cammalleri 6.0M darche 700K moen 1.5M palushaj 833K A trotter 550K A

left WinG

emelin 984K
Center

campoli 1.8M

subban campoli cammalleri plekanec Gionta Gionta 5.0M kostitsyn 3.3M cole 4.5M engqvist 900K White 625K Blunden 615K A
riGht WinG

Gomez 7.4M plekanec 5.0M desharnais 850K Betts 700K eller 1.3M Willsie 600K A

Raphael Diaz isnt a household name to even the most diehard montreal fan, but his stellar pre-season play (combined with injuries to andrei markov and chris campoli) helped him land a blueline spot. the 25-year-old diaz the top d-man in the swiss league last year is solid positionally and can contribute on offense.

ottaWa senators
Goalies Defensemen

anderson 3.2M

auld 1.0M kuba 3.7M cowen 1.3M phillips 3.1M carkner 700K Wiercioch 875K A spezza 7.0M zibanejad 1.8M da costa 1.3M konopka 700K regin 1.0M smith 700K
Center

lehner 870K A
1ST pp uNiT

karlsson 1.3M rundblad 1.5M Gonchar 5.5M lee 875K Borowiecki 610K A
left WinG

karlsson Gonchar michalek spezza alfredsson Filatov 2.2M alfredsson 4.9M neil 2.0M Butler 1.1M parrish 650K A lessard 550K A
riGht WinG

michalek 4.3M Greening 816K Foligno 1.2M condra 625K hoffman 677K A petersson 730K A

Stephane Da Costa was far down the sens depth chart last year. however, thanks to injuries, he began this season on ottawas roster. the merrimack product who earned a shot based on his playmaking skills and speed was born and raised in paris, France and is the sixth player from that nation to play in the nhl.

toronto maple leafs


Goalies

reimer 1.8M

Defensemen

Gustavsson 1.4M Gunnarsson 1.3M schenn 3.6M komisarek 4.5M aulie 733K A holzer 700K A Bozak 1.5M steckel 1.1M lombardi 3.5M connolly 4.8M caputi 525K A
Center Grabovski 2.9M

scrivens 600K A
1ST pp uNiT

phaneuf 6.5M liles 4.2M Gardiner 1.1M Franson 800K lashoff 600K A Frattin 1.3M lupul 4.3M dupuis 650K rosehill 600K kadri 1.7M crabb 750K A
left WinG

liles phaneuf kessel Grabovski kulemin kulemin 2.4M kessel 5.4M armstrong 3.0M Brown 737K macarthur 3.3M S orr 1.0M
riGht WinG

defenseman Jake Gardiner was expected to start the season in the ahl, but convinced management to keep him up with the big club on the strength of the smart, speedy offensive game he showed in camp. Just 21, Gardiner will begin the year with mike komisarek as part of torontos third defensive pairing.

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southeast
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SurPriSe, SurPriSe!
that 2011 rst-rounder ryan murphy made the opening night roster wasnt a shocker, but how about the accolades 2010 second-rounder Justin Faulk received from Gm Jim rutherford? When asked if he considered the u.s. ntdp product among his teams top six, rutherford replied no, in the top four.

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Goalies

inJured | S suspended | A ahl

Carolina hurriCanes
Ward 6.3M
Defensemen

Boucher 950K Gleason 2.8M kaberle 4.3M allen 2.9M murphy 1.4M sanguinetti 600K A e. staal 8.3M Jokinen 3.0M sutter 2.1M Brent 750K Boychuk 1.2M A nash 875K A
Center

peters 525K A
1ST PP uNiT

pitkanen 4.5M Faulk 900K mcBain 850K harrison 700K Joslin 700K
left WinG

pitkanen kaberle ruutu staal skinner skinner 1.4M stewart 900K larose 1.7M dalpe 875K samson 513K A J. staal 567K A
riGht WinG

ruutu 3.8M tlusty 525K ponikarovsky 1.5M dwyer 625K Bowman 846K A shugg 750K A
Teddy PurceLL

floriDa panthers
Goalies

Purcell Looms Large


After a breakout season, the lightning and its second-line winger are hungry for more

theodore 1.5M

campbell 7.1M Jovanovski 4.1M kulikov 1.3M ellerby 788K derlyuk 850K A
left WinG

Defensemen

markstrom 1.3M Garrison 675K Gudbranson 3.2M Weaver 900K kostka 525K A yonkman 700K A Weiss 3.1M kopecky 3.0M Goc 1.7M carter 750K santorelli 1.6M timmins 762K A
Center

clemmensen 1.2M
1ST PP uNiT

campbell kulikov Fleischmann Weiss Bergenheim versteeg 3.1M upshall 3.5M skille 825K Bradley 950K dadonov 875K repik 817K A
riGht WinG

late-blooming, undrafted college free agent when he was signed by Los Angeles in 2007, teddy Purcell has always had an attractive skill set. the reason why he flew under the radar until his early20s is quite simple: He didnt have the requisite size for NHL play. I think I was 130 pounds in my draft year, Purcell said. It took me a little longer to grow into my body and realize I could actually play. Fresh off a 51-point season and a spectacular playoff performance, confidence comes easily to Purcell, now listed at 6-foot-2, 201 pounds. Finding a home alongside Vincent Lecavalier on tampas second line, Purcell acknowledges the challenge thats been presented to him with the loss of a couple scoring forwards this past summer. Its an opportunity for someone to step up and fill the void (Simon) Gagne and (Sean) Bergenheim are leaving, he said. I put a lot of, not pressure, but expectations on myself to take some of those voids away. And the Lightning are confident the 26-year-old can do just that. He knows now the things he (possesses) is big-time offensive skill, said Lightning assistant GM tom Kurvers. Hell be a better player than weve seen to this point. Make no mistake, Purcell isnt a flash in the pan. Hes been a pointper-game or better scorer at each prior level hes played and with his body all caught up to his game, its clear hes trending in the right direction. RoRy boylen

Fleischmann 4.5M Booth 4.3M Bergenheim 2.8M matthias 852K reinprecht 2.0M A kennedy 550K A

Floridas lineup was all but set by the spending spree Gm dale tallon went on in the summer to get his team to the salary oor, but if there is one surprise name on the opening night roster, its goalie of the future Jacob Markstrom. hes only expected to be up until scott clemmensen returns, but its a golden opportunity.

tampa bay liGhtninG


Goalies

roloson 3.5M

hedman 3.5M clark 1.5M Bergeron 1.0M Gervais 525K vernace 525K A
left WinG

Defensemen

Garon 1.3M Brewer 3.9M Gilroy 1.0M kubina 3.9M ohlund 3.6M Gudas 750K A stamkos 7.5M lecavalier 7.7M moore 1.1M thompson 900K tyrell 846K A Wright 1.0M A
Center

tokarski 672K A
1ST PP uNiT

Bergeron stamkos purcell lecavalier st-louis downie 1.9M purcell 2.4M connolly 1.6M hall 600K pyatt 525K ashton 1.0M A
riGht WinG

st-louis 5.6M malone 4.5M shannon 625K Jones 525K ritola 517K panik 900K A

after playing with steven stamkos and martin st-louis in the pre-season, Brett Connolly is moving down the depth chart for the regular season. But it has nothing to do with his performance. coach Guy Boucher believes it puts connolly in a position where he can thrive, rather than having the rookie face top defenders each night.

WashinGton Capitals
Goalies Defensemen

vokoun 1.5M

neuvirth 1.2M alzner 1.3M hamrlik 3.5M schultz 2.8M poti 2.9M Flemming 558K A Backstrom 6.7M Johansson 900K laich 4.5M halpern 825K perreault 525K aucoin 513K A
Center

holtby 638K A
1ST PP uNiT

carlson 846K Green 5.3M Wideman 3.9M erskine 1.5M orlov 900K A
left WinG

Green ovechkin knuble Backstrom semin knuble 2.0M semin 6.7M Ward 3.0M Beagle 513K Greentree 513K eakin 638K A
riGht WinG

ovechkin 9.5M Brouwer 2.4M chimera 1.9M hendricks 825K king 638K sjogren 900K A

diminutive Mathieu Perreault has been a hershey Bear since 2008, but made signicant inroads with the caps in 35 nhl games last season. now, after leading Washington in pre-season scoring, the 2006 sixth-rounder out of acadieBathurst in the Quebec league has made his rst opening night nhl roster.

WinnipeG jets
Goalies

pavelec 1.2M

Defensemen

mason 1.9M Byfuglien 5.2M hainsey 4.5M stuart 1.7M Jones 1.2M Festerling 578K A little 2.4M Burmistrov 1.5M scheifele 1.6M slater 1.0M maxwell 715K cormier 854K A
Center

pasquale 713K A
1ST PP uNiT

enstrom 3.8M Bogosian 2.5M oduya 3.5M meech 700K postma 875K A
left WinG

enstrom Byfuglien ladd little Wheeler Wheeler 2.6M antropov 4.1M Wellwood 700K stapleton 525K Fehr 2.2M klingberg 870K A
riGht WinG

ladd 4.4M kane 3.1M thorburn 867K Glass 750K maclean 735K mcardle 600K

When Mark Scheifele was chosen seventh overall by the Jets this summer, a hush hit the thn staffers in attendance. after all, the power forward went before a similar player in sean couturier, who at one point was the favorite to go no. 1. Fast-forward three months and the decision is proving to be very astute.
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WesternConferenCe
A decade ago, Blues fans believed Barret Jackman, the Calder Trophy winner who played alongside MacInnis, would one day wear the C. While Jackman has grown into a capable leader and wears an A for the team, he also endorsed Backes candidacy. Hes respected by everybody, Jackman said. Hes a guy who could sit down and talk with a 40-year-old and have something in common with him, or he could talk with an 18-yearold and really get along. Its one of those dynamics that a captain has to have a relationship with everybody in the room. The Blues had plenty of other options, too, including newly signed forwards Jamie Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott. Both have been captains in the NHL and, in fact, Langenbrunner wore the C for Team USA at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Thats where he got to know Backes. I saw a lot of that (captain material) in him, Langenbrunner said. I dont know the rest of the guys in the dressing room real well, but from what Ive seen from him, definitely, he has that makeup and he definitely plays like a captain, leading by example. Backes, who will begin a new five-year, $22.5-million contract with the Blues this season, is appreciative of the club believing he has what it takes to be captain. Its typically a guy who does all the right things on and off the ice, he said. Its a guy who sweats the details, a guy you can talk to or a guy who you can watch as a great example. I guess the club sees some of that in me and hopefully I can provide it. Its something I thought Id always be proud to do and hopefully do a good job. Playing in the Central Division, hes also in some heady company. What a great honor and challenge to face, especially in our division, Backes said. You look at Nicklas Lidstrom, Jonathan Toews, Shea Weber, Rick Nashguys that are all world-class players. To be seen in the same light as them and to lead my troops against their troops, what a great challenge, what a great opportunity.

Crunch
captain
dANIeL ALfredSSoN

LONGESTSERVING CAPTAINS IN THE NHL


daniel Alfredsson

DAVID BACkES

(1999-00) (2003-04) (2003-04) (2006-07)


brenden morrow Shane doan jarome Iginla

Climbing up to C Level
David Backes earns ultimate respect with the Blues captaincy, even if he isnt the best-known member of the squad
by jeremy rutherford

(2006-07) (2006-07) (2007-08) (2008-09) (2008-09) (2008-09)


jonathan toews rick Nash dustin brown Sidney Crosby Zdeno Chara
backes: andy devlin/nHli via Getty imaGes; alfredsson: andre rinGuette/nHli via Getty imaGes

Nicklas Lidstrom

n a roster with 10 first round draft picks, Blues center David Backes doesnt hold that distinction. A member of the U.S. squad at the 2010 Olympics, Backes still isnt a household name in the hockey world. Even in St. Louis, hes not the most popular player. That title goes to T.J. Oshie. But when the Blues were picking the 17th player to captain the team in franchise history, the 27-yearold Backes more than fit the profile. He was crowned on Sept. 9, joining Bernie Federko, Al MacInnis, Brett Hull, Wayne Gretzky and Chris Pronger among those who have had the C sewn on their Blues sweater. Its a big honor and its a big responsibility, too, said Federko, now an analyst on the Blues TV broadcasts. Dave has
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been here. Hes done all the things hes been asked. He comes to play hard every night, hes vocal in the locker room. Its all those things. The club selected Backes out of Minnesota State-Mankato (WCHA) in the second round of the 2003 draft. In 364 games, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound power forward has 102 goals, 218 points and more than 900 hits. In 2010-11, he matched his career highs in goals (31) and set a new bar in points (62), both of which led the team. His plus-32 rating was the best of any forward in the league. Whether its setting up a goal, scoring a goal or being a physical presence out there, said MacInnis, now the Blues VP of hockey operations, he can provide leadership in different ways, which not a lot of guys can do in the game today. I think hes a nice fit and definitely the right choice.

Teams have named new captains this season (STL, BUF, NJ, NYR, NYI, PHI)

central
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nhl team reports


SuRpRiSE, SuRpRiSE!
Ray Emery won the backup job over alex salak despite being outperformed in camp. it raises speculation whether the choice was pre-determined. either way, the Hawks are on the hook for $10.2 million in goalie pay this season when you factor in emery, salak, corey crawford and cristobal Huet (one-way salaries, bonuses).

inJured | S suspended | A aHl

chicaGo blackhaWks
Goalies

crawford 2.7M keith 5.5M

Defensemen Hjalmarsson 3.5M

emery 600K leddy 1.1M seabrook 5.8M montador 2.8M scott 513K connelly 525K A toews 6.3M kane 6.3M bolland 3.4M mayers 550K pirri 870K kruger 900K A
center

salak 613K A
1ST pp uNiT

lepisto 750K odonnell 850K olsen 870K A


left WinG

keith sharp toews kane Hossa saad 925K Hossa 5.3M frolik 2.3M olesz 3.1M smith 812K morin 887K A
riGht WinG

sharp 3.9M brunette 2.0M bickell 542K carcillo 775K stalberg 875K paradis 870K
Niklas kroNwall

columbus blue jackets


Goalies Defensemen

mason 2.9M

sanford 600K martinek 2.2M clitsome 1.2M savard 917K Johnson 550K moore 965K A carter 5.3M vermette 3.8M pahlsson 2.6M Johansen 1.9M
center

dekanich 575K
1ST pp uNiT

Filling The Void

tyutin 2.8M methot 3.0M russell 1.3M wisniewski 5.5M S ruth 875K prospal 2.5M umberger 3.8M calvert 892K brassard 3.2M Huselius 4.8M Giroux 825K A
left WinG

tyutin clitsome umberger carter nash nash 7.8M atkinson 875K dorsett 562K mayorov 862K boll 725K kubalik 783K A
riGht WinG

Rafalskis departure leaves the Wings looking to Kronwall and Ericsson to step up their games
etroit red Wings defensemen Jonathan ericsson and Niklas Kronwall both made big scores during the summer. ericsson, an unrestricted free agent, landed a three-year, $9.8-million deal to remain with the Wings. Kronwall recorded the first ace of his golfing career, at Turnberry in Scotland, a course thats played host to four british opens. Both Ericsson and Kronwall figure to play significant roles as Detroit looks to fill a gaping hole on defense. With the retirement of 38-year-old brian rafalski, Wings coach Mike babcock intends to start seventime Norris trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom with newcomer Ian White on the top pair, while reuniting Kronwall with former partner brad Stuart on the second unit. Kronwall scored a career-high 11 goals in 2010-11, but believes he can improve even more this season. I want to get to another level, he said. ericsson, second-year man Jakub Kindl and newcomer Mike commodore will battle for playing time on the third pairing. the Wings are counting on more from 27-yearold ericsson, entering his third full season. Hes just coming into his prime, said Wings GM Ken Holland. ericsson jumped from minus-15 in 2009-10 to plus-eight last season, and wants to continue to grow. I felt way more consistent last year, he said. But now Rafis gone and more opportunity is going to be there for all the players. Im hoping to step up my game this year. bob duff

mackenzie 600K st-pierre 600K

despite his 5-foot-7 frame, it wont be tough to spot right winger Cam Atkinson on the ice. Just look for the speedy, skilled kid wearing no. 13. atkinson, 22, is a boston college grad and Hobey baker nalist who twice led Hockey east in goals. He impressed so much at camp, hell get some top-six minutes. and calder attention?

Detroit reD WinGs


Goalies

Howard 2.2M

Defensemen

conklin 750K white 2.8M stuart 3.8M kindl 883K exelby 600K A Janik 512K A

macdonald 550K A
1ST pp uNiT

lidstrom 6.2M kronwall 3.0M ericsson 3.2M commodore 1.0M smith 875K A
left WinG

kronwall lidstrom franzen datsyuk Zetterberg franzen 4.0M cleary 2.8M bertuzzi 1.9M eaves 1.2M miller 838K ferraro 870K A
riGht WinG

filppula 3.0M Hudler 2.9M abdelkader 788K Holmstrom 1.9M brunnstrom 600K mursak 550K

datsyuk 6.7M Helm 912K emmerton 533K nyquist 875K A tatar 840K A

center Zetterberg 6.1M

a conuence of events led to center Cory Emmerton, 23, winning a job. one, Jan mursak broke an ankle, diminishing the competition. two, emmerton would have had to clear waivers to be demoted a risky bet. three, the wings believe in his promise. and four, he outright earned it after three years toiling in Grand rapids.

nashville preDators
Goalies Defensemen

rinne 3.4M

lindback 875K suter 3.5M blum 942K laakso 675K bouillon 1.4M ellis 1.4M A legwand 4.5M spaling 1.0M oreilly 1.0M Geoffrion 1.1M fisher 4.2M mueller 550K A
center

J. smith 846K A
1ST pp uNiT

weber 7.5M klein 1.4M Hillen 650K ekholm 1.0M Josi 1.0M

suter weber kostitsyn legwand erat c. smith 715K erat 4.5M Halischuk 712K Hornqvist 3.1M stortini 550K thang 565K A
riGht WinG

left WinG

c. wilson 1.7M kostitsyn 2.5M tootoo 1.2M smithson 800K bergfors 575K k. wilson 550K A

under-the-radar right winger Craig Smith is an ideal barry trotz type, blending talent with tenacity. the 22-year-old wisconsin product can also play center, a sore spot for the preds. smith helped his cause with a strong camp on the heels of a breakout performance for the u.s. at the 2011 world championship.

st. louis blues


Goalies

Halak 3.8M

Defensemen

elliott 600K colaiacovo 2.1M Jackman 3.6M polak 2.8M cole 1.3M A syvret 525K A backes 4.5M berglund 2.2M arnott 2.9M nichol 700K porter 600K mcrae 854K A
center

bishop 600K A
1ST pp uNiT

mcdonald 4.7M oshie 2.4M steen 3.4M sobotka 1.3M Grachev 817K perron 2.2M

left WinG

pietrangelo 3.2M shattenkirk 1.3M Huskins 1.0M nikitin 600K cundari 539K A

pietrangelo oshie mcdonald berglund stewart


riGht WinG langenbrunner 2.8M

stewart 2.9M dagostini 1.6M reaves 525K crombeen 1.0M cracknell 575K A

the blues will at least audition left winger Evgeny Grachev at some point early on. the 21-year-old, acquired from the rangers in the summer for a third round pick, made a statement at camp with a team-high three goals and an inspired compete level. Hell battle ryan reaves and chris porter for ice time.
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Goalies

inJureD | s susPenDeD | A ahl

CalGary flames
kiprusoff 5.8M
Defensemen Bouwmeester 6.7M

suRPRise, suRPRise!
when the flames were forced to trade top prospect tim erixon, the best they could do were two drafts picks and a 20-year-old prospect named Roman Horak. the czech center shone in camp, playing with speed, nesse, two-way smarts and competitiveness. he made the team even before mikael Backlund got injured.

karlsson 863K Butler 1.3M sarich 3.6M hannan 1.0M smith 700K mikkelson 722K A moss 1.3M Jokinen 3.0M horak 800K stajan 3.5M Backlund 1.3M morrison 1.3M
Center

irving 600K A
1sT PP uNiT

left WinG

tanguay 3.5M Glencross 2.6M Bourque 3.3M kostopoulos 917K leblond 525K Bouma 693K A
joakim lindstrom

iginla 7.0M stempniak 1.9M hagman 3.0M Jackman 550K ivanans 600K Desbiens 525K A

riGht WinG

ColoraDo avalanChe
Goalies Defensemen

Back Where He Belongs

varlamov 2.8M

Giguere 1.3M hejda 3.3M oBrien 1.1M wilson 1.3M cumiskey 708K Barrie 900K A Duchene 3.2M stastny 6.6M oreilly 900K
Center

Desjardins 650K A
1sT PP uNiT

Johnson 2.6M Quincey 3.1M oByrne 1.8M hunwick 1.6M elliott 900K A
left WinG

Johnson Quincey stastny Duchene hejduk hejduk 3.0M Jones 2.5M winnik 950K Porter 850K kobasew 1.3M yip 725K
riGht WinG

after a two-year break from the NHL, Lindstrom aims to build on success he left behind

eft winger Joakim Lindstrom didnt want to leave the NHL for russia back in 2009, but the financial realities of the business forced his hand. the Phoenix coyotes, his employer at the time, were in dire enough financial straits to ask him to sign a two-way contract this, despite a career-best year of nine goals and 20 points in 44 games. And the offer from the torpedo Novgorod team was far more lucrative and locked-in, so he left for the Kontinental League. Now Lindstrom is back after two seasons out of the NHL and the renewed sense of confidence in his game is apparent. After 30 points in the KHL in 2009-10, he returned home and led the Swedish league in scoring (28 goals and 60 points in 54 games with his hometown Skelleftea team). His prowess didnt go unnoticed, as the Avalanche offered him a one-year one-way $600,000 deal which the 27-year-old accepted without hesitation. the NHL was always the place I wanted to be, said Lindstrom, who was property of columbus, Anaheim and chicago before he became a coyote. It didnt work out in Phoenix, but since I left, I feel my game has gotten better in all areas. Lindstrom began the regular season on a line with Paul Stastny and David Jones, which should afford him opportunity to flourish. Im really excited to have another opportunity to show what I can do, Lindstrom said. Its great to be back where I want to play. adam proteau

mueller 2.0M lindstrom 600K landeskog 3.6M Galiardi 700K mcleod 1.0M Bordeleau 525K A

olver 850K malone 875K A

mcclement 1.5M

after a dreadful second half to in 2010-11, the avs did little to shake up their roster. the most notable addition was adding 18-year-old draftee Gabriel Landeskog. the swedish power forward had a strong pre-season, hitting the stats sheet most notably in hits and shots. Dont look for big scoring numbers right away.

eDmonton oilers
Goalies

Dubnyk 800K

Defensemen

khabibulin 3.8M smid 2.3M Barker 2.3M Petry 1.0M Potter 525K fedun 900K

Danis 650K A
1sT PP uNiT

Gilbert 4.0M sutton 2.1M Peckham 1.1M chorney 735K whitney 4.0M
left WinG

Gilbert Barker hall horcoff hemsky eberle 1.2M hemsky 4.1M Paajarvi 1.5M Jones 1.5M Petrell 900K omarra 735K A
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hall 3.8M smyth 6.3M omark 875K hordichuk 825K eager 1.1M hartikainen 875K A

Center n-hopkins 3.8M horcoff 5.5M

Belanger 1.8M lander 900K Gagner 2.3M Brule 1.9M A

ryan nugent-hopkins is getting the headlines, but scandinavian newcomers Lennart Petrell and anton lander also made the team. Petrell, 27, is a feisty finn who spent the past seven seasons with helsinki and dropped the gloves in the pre-season. lander is a ballyhooed skilled swede ranked 63rd overall in future watch.

minnesota WilD
Goalies

Backstrom 6.0M Zidlicky 4.0M schultz 3.5M spurgeon 527K falk 605K Bagnall 613K
left WinG

Defensemen

harding 750K Zanon 1.9M stoner 550K scandella 846K lundin 1.0M Prosser 715K A koivu 6.8M cullen 3.5M Brodziak 1.1M Powe 1.1M almond 643K wellman 850K A
Center

hackett 900K A
1sT PP uNiT

Zidlicky cullen Bouchard koivu heatley heatley 7.5M setoguchi 3.0M latendresse 2.5M Gillies 625K Bulmer 900K ortmeyer 585K A
riGht WinG

Bouchard 4.1M clutterbuck 1.2M staubitz 575K Johnson 550K nystrom 1.4M A kassian 513K

at 19, Brett Bulmer still has junior eligibility remaining (kelowna), but a strong camp put that assignment on hold. the lanky 2010 second-rounder had a goal, assist and ght in six pre-season games. he earned a job on the fourth line when cody almond got hurt. its a virtual certainty Bulmer will wind up back in the whl.

vanCouver CanuCks
Goalies Defensemen

luongo 5.3M

schneider 900K Bieksa 4.6M salo 2.0M Ballard 4.2M alberts 1.2M Baumgartner 525K h. sedin 6.1M hodgson 1.7M malhotra 2.5M lapierre 1.0M kesler 5.0M Pinizzotto 600K
Center

lack 900K A
1sT PP uNiT

hamhuis 4.5M edler 3.3M tanev 900K sulzer 700K rome 750K D. sedin 6.1M sturm 2.3M higgins 1.9M volpatti 613K ebbett 525K Bitz 700K
left WinG

edler samuelsson D. sedin h. sedin Burrows Burrows 2.0M samuelsson 2.5M hansen 1.4M weise 605K raymond 2.6M oreskovich 605K A
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rugged Aaron Volpatti got a 15-game taste of nhl action last year and earned a spot on the fourth line with willing, determined play in the preseason. the tipping point was a four-hit, four blocked shots effort against san Jose in which he had a one-sided ght win against Brad winchester. his skating has also improved.

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linDstrom+lanDeskoG: DouG PensinGer/Getty imaGes; horak: mike riDewooD/Getty imaGes; Petrell: Dale macmillan/Getty imaGes; Bulmer: hannah foslien/Getty imaGes; volPatti: Jeff vinnick/nhli via Getty imaGes

Giordano 4.0M Babchuk 2.5M carson 575K henry 600K A

Giordano Babchuk Jokinen iginla tanguay

pacific
sPare |
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nhl team reports


SurPriSe, SurPriSe!
with the Ducks starting the season in europe, several new faces made the roster out of camp, including Devante Smith-Pelly and maxime macenauer. smith-Pelly, 19, is coming off an appearance in the memorial cup nal with mississauga and uses his thick six-foot, 215-pound frame to create scoring opportunities.

inJureD | S susPenDeD | A ahl

anaheim Ducks
hiller 4.5M
ekman-larsson: Dale macmillan/Getty imaGes; smith-Pelly: noah Graham/nhli via Getty imaGes; larsen: Glenn James/nhli via Getty imaGes; hunter: Jeff Gross/Getty imaGes; chiPchura: anDrew D. Bernstein/nhli via Getty imaGes; winchester: christian Petersen/Getty imaGes

visnovsky 5.6M Beauchemin 3.8M foster 1.8M lydman 3.0M rodney 525K
left WinG

Defensemen

ellis 1.5M sbisa 2.2M fowler 1.4M Brookbank 750K smaby 600K Guenin 525K Getzlaf 5.3M koivu 2.5M cogliano 2.4M macenauer 845K Bonino 693K A holland 1.3M A
center

Pielmeier 766K A
1ST PP uNiT

visnovsky fowler Getzlaf ryan Perry Perry 5.3M selanne 4.0M smith-Pelly 870K Parros 875K mcGrattan 600K sexton 550K A
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ryan 5.1M Blake 4.0M Gordon 537K mcmillan 875K Beleskey 737K Jacques 650K A
oliver ekman-larsson

Dallas stars
Goalies

Welcome To The Show


With Jovo and Bryzgalov eeing the desert, eyes turn to puck-moving ekman-Larsson
or a highly touted draft pick, oliver ekman-Larsson saw a lot more of the American Southwest than he would have preferred last season. taken sixth overall by the coyotes in 2009, the puck-moving defenseman registered one goal in 48 games with Phoenix, but also did time in San Antonio with the American Leagues rampage. It was so far from home and the rink is smaller, said ekman-Larsson, 20. It was a big step for me. the coyotes want to make sure those steps didnt become a tumble, hence last years demotions and healthy scratches. Practice habits were in need of development and this season the youngster will be paired with veteran Adrian Aucoin. As a young defenseman it takes a lot of focus and dedication, said associate coach Jim Playfair. Adrian has a very good understanding of the position and a great temperament. And while the Desert Dogs dont want to rush their Swedish prodigy, there is more urgency with former stalwart ed Jovanovski lost to Florida via free agency. the opportunity for ekman-Larsson to use his vision and skating to carry the puck out of trouble will be especially important with another key member of last years squad, goalie Ilya bryzgalov, not there to bail the team out. Luckily, ekman-Larsson is game for the challenge. I want to play big minutes, top four, he said. Im just trying to play simple and make good plays. I know what I need to do to play in the Show. Ryan Kennedy

lehtonen 3.5M

robidas 3.3M Daley 3.3M fistric 1.0M Pardy 2.0M lukowich 1.0M A morrow 4.1M ott 2.9M Petersen 775K Barch 838K wathier 575K A fraser 575K A
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Defensemen

raycroft 650K Goligoski 1.8M Grossman 1.6M souray 1.6M larsen 850K fortunus 587K A ribeiro 5.0M Benn 822K fiddler 1.8M Dowell 800K wandell 775K vincour 800K
center

Beskorowany 845K A
1ST PP uNiT

Goligoski robidas morrow ribeiro eriksson eriksson 4.3M ryder 3.5M Dvorak 1.5M Burish 1.1M Glennie 1.6M Godard 725K A
riGht WinG

with the stars adding a pair of blueliners over the summer, a spot on the big club was no guarantee for Philip Larsen. the 21-year-old Dane grabbed a spot in the top seven after an injury to newcomer adam Pardy. Dallas loves larsens hockey sense and puckhandling, though his strength is an ongoing process.

los anGeles kinGs


Goalies Defensemen

Quick 1.8M

Bernier 1.2M mitchell 3.5M scuderi 3.4M martinez 737K Drewiske 616K hickey 1.3M A kopitar 6.8M richards 5.7M stoll 3.6M lewis 725K fraser 825K loktionov 816K A
center

Zatkoff 577K A
1ST PP uNiT

Doughty 7.0M Johnson 4.3M Greene 2.9M muzzin 900K voynov 816K A
left WinG

Doughty Johnson richards kopitar Penner Brown 3.2M williams 3.7M Parse 900K hunter 600K westgarth 525K kozun 575K A
riGht WinG

Penner 4.2M Gagne 3.5M clifford 870K moreau 600K richardson 1.2M vey 900K A

some guys just need a chance. when Jason williams went out with the u, veteran Trent Hunter was brought in to take a shot at a top-six role. the longtime islander made the most of his audition and landed a one-year $600,000 contract. hunter, 31, can play up and down the lineup, but streakiness keeps him mostly down.

phoenix coyotes
Goalies

smith 2.0M

Defensemen

laBarbera 1.2M

mcelhinney 625K A
1ST PP uNiT

whitney 3.0M korpikoski 1.8M Pyatt 1.0M torres 1.7M Bissonnette 612K miele 1.3M A

left WinG

yandle 5.2M aucoin 2.0M rozsival 5.0M schlemko 550K oystrick 600K A

morris 2.7M ekman-larsson 1.7M klesla 2.9M sauer 1.7M summers 1.2M A langkow 4.5M hanzal 1.8M nokelainen 550K Gordon 1.3M osullivan 625K turris RFA
center

yandle morris whitney langkow Doan

Doan 4.5M vrbata 3.0M Boedker 1.1M chipchura 550K Bolduc 575K A tikhonov 826K A

riGht WinG

inking a two-way contract in the summer, Kyle Chipchura was given no guarantees with Phoenix. But an impressive camp earned him a roster spot. the big-bodied chipchura (along with Patrick osullivan) was helped by the bizarre news that Brett maclean asked to be waived after no trade could be found. winnipeg claimed him.

san jose sharks


Goalies Defensemen

niemi 3.8M

Greiss 587K D. murray 2.5M vlasic 3.1M vandermeer 1.0M Braun 875K A Petrecki 1.1M A thornton 7.0M couture 1.2M handzus 2.5M Desjardins 540K a. murray 575K ferriero 605K A
center

niittymaki 2.0M
1ST PP uNiT

marleau 6.9M clowe 3.6M mitchell 1.4M winchester 725K sheppard 725K mccarthy 525K A

left WinG

Boyle 6.7M Burns 3.5M Demers 1.2M white 1.0M moore 512K A

Boyle Burns Pavelski thornton marleau Pavelski 4.0M wingels 875K mcGinn 680K mclaren 575K havlat 5.0M macintyre 600K A
riGht WinG

injuries gave thomas Greiss a spot in net, but grit and determination earned Brad Winchester his one-year deal. the 30-year-old journeyman (four teams, 323 games) brings a huge 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame to the fourth line, not to mention enforcer capabilities. his rugged play landed him a contract off a camp tryout.
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Kenny power
Yales Kenny Agostino enters his second season with an eye on big things.

bulldog Front
by ryan Kennedy

Yale trots out another impressive lineup, but can the Ivy Leaguers nally win the big one?
he school was founded in 1701 and has iced a hockey team since 1896, but national glory has long eluded the Yale bulldogs. to their credit, however, theyre getting closer. two years in a row weve lost to the eventual champion, said coach Keith Allain. being a non-scholarship team, its about convincing the guys they belong on that national stage. As an Ivy League school, Yale doesnt offer athletic scholarships, meaning prospective bulldogs either pay tuition themselves or receive needs-based financial aid. Other ECAC schools such as Harvard, cornell, Dartmouth and brown are in the same situation, meaning attracting top-end talent isnt as easy as it is for powerhouse hockey programs that offer full rides. but Yale has still managed to attract quality talent recently, including left winger Kenny Agostino, drafted

140th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2010. Its really an unbelievable place, Agostino said. You look at all the important people and great minds who have gone here. U.S. presidents and ceos to be sure, though NHLers have been in shorter supply. this season, the bulldogs were chosen by both the coaches and media in the annual pre-season poll to finish first in the ECAC, even though the team will look different from the squad that ran into superior bulldogs the ones from Minnesota-Duluth in last years Frozen Four tournament. Nine players graduated, so were going to have a lot of new players, Allain said. Youre going to see a different personality to our hockey team. theyre very driven. For Agostino, it all comes down to leadership. Last year, it really was a privilege for us freshmen to have the seniors we had, he said. I just wanted

to be a sponge and learn as much as I could. Agostino got off to a great start to his college career, posting 11 goals and 25 points in 30 games. coming out of the New Jersey high school system, the playmaking left winger admitted his first half was an adjustment, but eventually he adapted to the speed of the college game. Whats more, hell be joined this year by a fellow alum of Delbarton, defenseman Matt Killian. In high school, he was a great puck-moving defenseman and pretty steady on D, Agostino said. Ive told him about some of the things to expect, but Ill let him discover some things on his own. Allain believes Killian has the potential to be a great two-way defender and contributor to the power play by the end of his Yale career and though the big blueliner went undrafted this summer, he does hold the incredible distinction of winning four New Jersey state hockey titles from his time with Delbarton. Agostino only has three. but the left winger also has a year of experience on his fellow Green Wave alum and that means a bigger role this season for the sophomore. Whats most important is his personality and his desire, Allain said. of course theres the hand skills, but we think he has a knack for coming up in big moments. If the bulldogs, reigning ecAc tournament champs, hope to return to that lofty perch, theyll have to be on their toes. Not only are there sturdy programs such as Union and rPI in the mix, but other schools are starting to bring in NHL-caliber recruits earlier. the recent trend has been for the conference to be a producer of free agent signings once a player has gone through four years (cam MacIntyre and ben Scrivens being two examples), but this year proves to be different. cornell, for example, will have three freshmen coming in straight from the NHL draft in Philippe Hudon, brian Ferlin and Joel Lowry. Harvard, Yales bitter all-time rival, will trot out 2011 draftees Max everson, Petr Placek and Stephen Michalek. Placek, a native of the czech republic

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For more on the future, check out: thn.com/prospects

ncaa top 25
1. deNver

heres a look at the best teams in the nation for this year, based on rankings by thN and a panel of experts from across the college hockey world.

11. Nebraska-Omaha

Potential Hobey Baker candidate Jason Zucker and the Shore brothers lead the Pios attack, while Scott Mayeld adds size on the blueline.

Very nice recruiting class includes Penguins pick Josh Archibald.

12. WesterN michigaN 13. uNiON

2. bOstON cOllege
Speedy and dangerous Chris Kreider returns with an eye on a second Frozen Four title in three years; John Gaudreau is a late bonus recruit.
max everson

Ex-St. Louis Blues coach Andy Murray takes over intriguing Broncs lineup.

Pundits are bullish on a Dutchmen squad heading in the right direction.

3. NOrth dakOta
Dillon Simpson gets a bigger role on defense as a sophomore, with Derek Forbort also looming large. Look for Brock Nelson to step up as a soph.

14. miNNesOta

Pressures always on Gophers, but they need to produce this year.

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who went to the Flyers 176th overall, missed most of last season due to knee and ankle injuries, though scouts were still high on the 6-foot-4, 210-pound right winger. Hes fast, hes big and hes strong, said one scout. He showed me some sniping ability and he must be a smart kid to be going to Harvard. Michalek, a goaltender who has played internationally for team USA, will also be one to watch, especially since the crimson isnt projected to be a world-beater this season. Hes gonna get thrown into the fire there, said another scout. back at Yale, there will be pressure to make another Players have been drafted out of Yale. deep run into Randy Wood leads in the Frozen Four NHL games played (741) tourney, but it is a good kind of heat, since expectations only come with success. In recent years weve changed the culture of Yale hockey, Agostino said. theres a buzz around campus. And though broc Littles 43 points are gone from last years lineup, the teams top two scorers from 2010-11 return to the fold in brian oNeill and Andrew Miller. A solid upper-class rank gives their coach a lot to be confident in. oNeill, chad Zeigler, charles brockett these guys have been through it, Allain said. theyve won (ecAc) championships and had disappointments. theres a belief and a hunger and I think thats important for us. If New Haven wants to see its favorite sons as top dogs, the smart kids will have to pull out all the stops this year.

15. NeW hampshire 16. cOrNell

Trevor van Riemsdyk continues brother James legacy for the Wildcats.

4. NOtre dame
The Anders LeeT.J. Tynan combo will once again spell doom for opponents of the sturdy Fighting Irish, who also boast two-way threat Riley Sheahan.

Hudon, Ferlin and Lowry headline an excellent freshman class for Big Red.

5. miami
The RedHawks lost a lot of scoring to the pros, but Reilly Smith and rookie Tyler Biggs will be forces.

17. WiscONsiN

Ramage and Schultz lead D, but this is a young Badgers squad overall.

18. reNsselaer 19. OhiO state

6. cOlOradO cOllege
Sophomore Jaden Schwartz has the inside track on the nations scoring title and a real shot at the Hobey Baker.

Big blueliner Pat Koudys will look to improve his numbers as a sophomore.

Senior netminder Cal Heeter is back after a sparkling junior campaign.

7. yale
The Bulldogs return a lot of scoring from last years squad and expectations are high in New Haven.

20. merrimack

Top scorer Stephane Da Costa is gone, but goalie Joe Cannata returns.

21. st. clOud state 22. maiNe

8. michigaN
Lost another goalie recruit to the OHL, but still boast depth. Suspension of Jon Merrill will hurt early on.

Sophomore blueliner Nick Jensen excelled for the Huskies in Year 1.

Black Bears must replace offense lost with Gustav Nyquist out the door.

9. bOstON u.
That sick freshman class of 2010 is now seasoned; look for Charlie Coyle and Matt Nieto to break out big.

23. dartmOuth 24. rit

With losses on offense, goalie James Mello must once again shine.

Nick Laham/Getty imaGes

10. miNN.-duluth
The reigning champs will be in tough to repeat with attrition to pros, but Jack Connollys still in the house.

Atlantic Hockey champs will once again rule the conference.

25. alaska-fairbaNks

Dallas Ferguson will push his troops.

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like father, unlike son


Mark Alt, despite having a football background, has a true passion for the ice.

Destination Destiny
by Patrick cwiklinski

A star high school quarterback with NFL bloodlines opts for the rink instead of the gridiron to pursue his NHL dream
heres an old adage like father, like son. but had Mark Alt decided to embrace the cliche and follow in his fathers footsteps, life would have turned out quite a bit differently for the St. Paul, Minn., native. Alt is in his second season at the University of Minnesota, where he is on scholarship after wowing scouts with stellar play for cretin-Derham Hall High School. In his first season with the Golden Gophers, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman was an imposing figure on the Minnesota blueline, leading his team in blocked shots three times and finish-

ing the season with an 11-game streak without a minus-rating. In June, the carolina Hurricanes drafted Alt in the second round, 53rd overall. It was a dream come true for the emerging defender. I was ecstatic, Alt said. For carolina to take that chance to pick me as high as they did, I wasnt expecting to go that high. Scouts werent sure theyd have the opportunity to take him at all as Mark was still considering multiple offers to play college football before he fully committed to the U of Ms hockey program in the late spring of 2010. but it wasnt lightly-made decision. Alt had an exceptional football career at cretin-Derham Hall, leading his team

to the 2009 state championship despite nursing a broken collarbone. Phil Simms, eat your heart out. that was a great experience, Alt said. I had worked for a very long time and to not only get the spot as the starting quarterback, but to walk away as a senior with a state championship was an unbelievable feeling. but Alts football skills didnt materialize out of nowhere. they have something to do with the fact his dad is retired offensive lineman John Alt, who played his college years at the University of Iowa before spending 13 seasons with the NFLs Kansas City Chiefs from 1984-96. John said there was a time when a career in football was a distinct possibility for his kid. He had an excellent junior year in football and interest really started to pick up, said John, 6-foot-8 and 307 pounds during his playing days with the chiefs. After an outstanding senior year, he had to make a decision between football and hockey. but by the time offers to play college football started coming around, Alts mind was already made up. I started to realize where I might fall in the (NHL) draft and talking to different teams, it excited me a lot and deep down I knew hockey was my one love, my passion so thats what I went with, he said. And, like all good fathers, John supported his son even if he hoped he had chosen another route. Would I like to see him playing football for the University of Iowa? John said. of course, Im a football guy but that was my life. University of Kansas, Notre Dame, wherever he would have went, Im much more accustomed to Saturday afternoons and Sunday afternoons playing football, but for him it just seemed to be destiny to play hockey. the question now becomes: Is Mark Alt destined to play in the NHL?

brown bears
top: minnesota athletic communications

beach bravery
Dennis robertson

leafs draft pick Dennis Robertson and ve of his Brown teammates had an interesting off-season and luckily for three teenagers, a heroic one. in late august, the six players Robertson, Jeff Ryan, mike

Wolff, Bobby Farnham, David Brownschidle and mike Borge were walking along the beach in little compton, R.i., when they came across two girls caught in a strong rip current about 30 yards into the water. Wolff and Ryan quickly swam into the ocean and brought the girls back to shore only to nd out one of their boyfriends was trapped farther out. thats when

all six players jumped in to save the boy, who was close to going under. Robertson, who worked as a lifeguard in B.c., and Borge grabbed the teen and put him on a surfboard. the six then struggled against the current, before they all made it to shore, tired but alive. Five of the players have returned to Brown for this season. Brownschidle is in the ahl.

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bamas big Show


by Ryan Kennedy

The Frozen Four goes south with the Chargers in charge

he Frozen Four wont be so frozen this year, but the folks in charge dont think their peers from the Midwest or Northeast will mind. The University of Alabama-Huntsville is the NCAA host of record, while Tampa will actually house the games for college hockeys ultimate showdown. I say this affectionately, noted UAH athletic director Dr. E.J. Brophy. Every time I turn around, somebody in the north wants to come down to the south and get warm. Why not come see some elite hockey at the same time? Though Dr. Brophy admits that

Alabama is still football country, hes seen a lot of growth in hockey over the years, particularly in Huntsville. The citys engineering and space industries have brought many new faces to town, some of which come from hockey backgrounds. They brought their kids and they brought their skates and sticks, Dr. Brophy said. As the only Division 1 hockey team south of the Mason-Dixon line, the UAH Chargers are also the closest to Tampa, which is why they will be official hosts of this years Frozen Four, to be held on April 5-7 at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Lightning, along with the citys sports commission, secured the tourney in part because of the venues proximity to hotels and other amenities. Were right along the water, said Bolts executive VP of communications Bill Wickett. That creates some very unique experiences for the student-athletes. The chances of the host team making it are pretty remote, however. The Chargers are the only independent team in Division 1 hockey right now and therefore have no channel for an automatic bid. Theres already a website dedicated to saving the program, so the exposure of even hosting cant hurt.

hot list
Heres a look at some of the most intriguing nCaa rookies
1. rocco grimaldi, c north Dakota Fighting sioux (Wcha)

Frosh Five

Pint-sized terror can put up points; Florida took him 33rd in 2011.
2. tyler biggs, rw miami Redhawks (ccha)

Maple Leafs pick is big, nasty and poised for power forward greatness.
3. scott mayfield, d Denver (Wcha)

Isles selection boasts excellent size and will play on deep Pios team.
4. John gaudreau, lw Boston college eagles (hockey east)

Flames pick with scoring touch spurned rival Northeastern.


5. michael Paliotta, d Vermont catamounts (hockey east)

Big, strong, physical D-man went to the Blackhawks 70th overall.

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beyond the spotlight

For loveAnd A little Money


Only days before the Islanders captured Cup No. 1, hockey fans at CBS Sports spurred the network to air Game 6
by steve lepore

he NHl recently broke the bank in the United States with its 10-year, $2 billion broadcast rights agreement with Nbc. It was hailed as a victory for the league and will go down as one of commissioner Gary bettmans greatest achievements. Why? Just go back three decades to see how far the league has come.

we had only three or four days to sell ads


the NHL had no network tV deal when cbS broadcast Game 6 of the Stanley cup final between the Islanders and Flyers, the last game on the big three (Abc, cbS and Nbc) for many years. Amazingly, the network only agreed to air it a few days in advance, thanks to lobbying

Neal Pilson

by a bunch of loyal Islanders fans at cbS Sports. back then, regular season and playoff games were airing on the now-defunct Hughes television Network as well as the USA Network and had been off the big three since 1975. Neal Pilson then the VP of business affairs at cbS Sports had staff members who saw a broadcast opportunity that had more to do with their hearts than any business desires. A number of our people were from Long Island, they lived out there and were Islanders fans, Pilson said. As a matter of fact, they were season ticket holders. they came into my office and said, Hey, the sixth game is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Nassau coliseum. they all wanted to be a part of what would eventually be the Isles first title, so Pilson contacted the league, including president John Ziegler, and made a deal. I think we paid a very modest rights fee, Pilson said. cbS had the daunting task of putting together a network-caliber hockey production on a network that hadnt produced hockey, aside from one exhibition, in eight years. It would be tough to do in just a few days, both technically and when it came to selling advertising. We went into the New York market and we had only three or four days to sell, Pilson said. We basically sold it to all the hockey fans up and down Madison Avenue. I think we had access to a few tickets.

on the technical side, cbS put together a mix of people, many of whom had worked NHL telecasts back in the late 60s. Dan Kelly and tim ryan alternated calling the play-by-play, with Minnesota North Stars GM Lou Nanne on color. the thrilling game did well with a 4.4 rating. the NHL wouldnt have ratings that high again until 1994. At the time, for hockey, it was a pretty good number, Pilson said. We were getting sevens for boxing at the time, but we were happy with (a 4.4). We came out fine, were happy with the game, happy with the result and we got it sold. It didnt mean hockey got back on network television. In fact, that game would be the last until the 1990 AllStar Game. Since there were no teams in the south once the Flames had moved to Calgary, no southern affiliates wanted to air games on the networks. At one point, cbS even discussed a radical arrangement that would get the NHL back on screens, but out of the

tHose were tHe dAys


The Islanders championship in 1980 was the rst of four consecutive Stanley Cups.

south completely. We looked at the possibility, Pilson said, of splitting our broadcast on a Sunday afternoon, showing hockey in the north and central states and NAScAr in the south and west. but a deal never made enough financial sense to try out. cbS stayed in business with NAScAr, but not the NHL. that said, Pilson still remembers the day at the coliseum fondly, not just because of the Islanders victory, but for a bit of immortality he and his son achieved. theres a picture in Sports Illustrated of (bobby) Nystrom scoring the ot goal, Pilson said. there are whole bunch of people standing up behind the end boards and my son and I are seen standing in our seats with our arms in the air. In the sports media world, where so much of it is about dollars and cents, you cant beat a moment like that.

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Playing by Faith
Laurie Boschmans 14-year NHL career included four Canadian stops and a stint in Jersey. The lone constant was his faith
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eing drafted by an original six team is a hockey players dream. for laurie boschman, that became reality when the toronto maple leafs selected the major, sask., native ninth overall in 1979. the fact i was drafted by the leafs is something i certainly will never forget, boschman said. although he landed in his ideal destination, boschmans three seasons with the buds werent all hed imagined. in his rookie year he had a respectable 48 points, but the following campaign he got mononucleosis and blood poisoning and his production declined. at the start of my third year, i really wasnt playing well, he said. As a first-rounder and someone in Year 3, they expect big things from you and i didnt start off fast. A born-again Christian, Boschman was called-out by Maple leafs owner harold ballard, who called the youngster soft and claimed religion was restraining him from playing a more physical style. thats when boschman asked to be traded. i would have loved to have played for the leafs my whole career, but it just made it a very difficult time and period for me to stay and play there, he said. (ballard) had thought my poor play was somehow directly related to my faith in christ, where there was no correlation at all. boschman was sent to the edmonton oilers in 1982, Laurie Boschman but his stay was brief; he was traded at the 1983 deadline to a third canadian team, the Winnipeg Jets. it was there he lived up to his first-round status. He was accepted right away by John ferguson, the Jets gm. he said, laurie, i dont care about your faith, i know thats an important part of your life and im ok with that, boschman said. i just want you to concentrate on playing hockey. and thats what i did. In his first season with the Jets, Boschman amassed 74 points in 61 games and disproved ballards theory that he was too soft by compiling 234 penalty minutes. the next two seasons, he hovered around the 70-point mark and became a dependable nhler, playing eight seasons in the peg. Boschmans family life also flourished in Winnipeg, where he and his late wife nancy had two of their three boys. i absolutely loved our time there, its a great community, boschman said.

i absolutely loved my time in Winnipeg

they love nhl hockey and im taking Flight Laurie Boschmans career took so happy after 15 years that off after he was traded to the hockey is back this winter. original Winnipeg Jets in 1983. at 30, boschman was traded to new Jersey where he played two full seasons. then, in 1992, ottawa took him in the expansion draft and boschman played with his fourth canadian team, captaining the senators for their inaugural campaign and his final one. after that season, boschman decided to hang up his skates having played 1,009 games, scored 229 goals and collected an eye-opening 2,260 PIM. Today, hes the director of Ottawa and eastern ontario for hockey ministries, which provides chapel services to teams in major junior all the way through to the nhl. nowadays you have mike fisher, David booth and eric fehr who have talked about their faith, boschman said. people in the game recognize there are more and more players who play at the nhl level whose faith is a very important component of their lives and they are much more comfortable now with that than they used to be. away from the workplace, boschman, 51, enjoys the family life. since the passing of his wife nancy in 2006, boschman remarried and when hes not spending time with andrea, or on the job, he likes to hunt and fish. through all the ups and downs in boschmans 14 seasons, its the people he shared experiences with who impacted his life. some of the personalities, the teams i had, those are the things i recall and think of fondly when i remember my career.

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Goons are often pitied as tragic heroes. But its time we laid waste to that myth because every one of them chose their line of work
anadian actor Jay baruchel has a new movie out called Goon about a Jewish bouncer from massachusetts who punches his way to glory in a semipro league in nova scotia. it actually sounds like it has some potential. while promoting the film, baruchel was on Tsn radio recently talking about how the hockey enforcer is, the most maligned, least understood, job in professional sports. lets break that down, shall we? most maligned? really? colton orr plays around six minutes a game and scores an average of 1.6 goals per season. He makes a million dollars a year and has career earnings of $6.5 million, despite the fact on the basis of skill he might be one of the worst players in the nHl. George parros enjoys a cult following in anaheim that rivals teemu selannes and paul bissonnette has more than 140,000 followers on twitter, almost as many as the beastie boys. thousands of people get on their feet every time these guys fight and chant their names as colton they skate to the penalty box. orr tie domi received a fete worthy of a Hall of Famer when he played his 1,000th game and dave schultzs money still isnt any good at bars in philly. oh, to be so maligned. you want unappreciated? try being a tight end in the nFl. the poor schlep has to block for running backs, occasionally receive passes and does little more than take abuse while, on average, playing the lowest-paid position in football. least understood? no, really? lets go over the job description then. receive tap on the shoulder, skate out on to the ice and confront the opponent with the most facial hair and fewest teeth, tell him to perform an anatomically impossible act, throw your gloves in the air and punch him repeatedly in the face until the two of you fall to the ice. repeat as often as necessary. Going out on a limb here, but were thinking Tom bradys job running bill belichicks offensive scheme is just a tad more complex. actually, taking care of belichicks dry cleaning requires more mental capacity than it does to be a goon in the nHl. You cant blame baruchel. Hes promoting a movie in which he stars, along with being a co-writer and producer, so he has a vested interest in perpetuating this kind of nonsense. but even if baruchel who sounds like he knows what hes talking about when he discusses the game isnt the only one who thinks this way, that doesnt mean we have to believe it.
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Quite frankly, your trusty correspondent is growing a little weary of the hockey goon being portrayed as some kind of tragic hero. The devastating deaths this past summer of derek boogaard, rick rypien and wade belak brought out a barrage of tales of woe from current and former nHl enforcers. We read about their tormented and conflicted existences, how they cant sleep at night because theyre preoccupied with the unavoidable confrontation with the next opponents enforcer, how theyve suffered concussions, how they walk around with their hands swelled like balloons and how many of them battle with alcohol problems. and lastly, how they get kicked to the curb once their usefulness as a punching bag has reached its date of expiry and how the league should do a better job of helping these guys transition to a normal existence once their careers end. those arguments, of course, ignore the fact the nHl and nHl players association have a substance abuse and behavioral health program that is the gold standard, not only for sports but for any industry, and is available to any player who asks for it. it also glosses over the reality the league and nHlpa do have very credible programs that help former players transition into retirement, paid for by the fines many of those guys surrendered when they were getting suspended. and at the clip players were reprimanded during the preseason, that fund should have enough to send every former goon to graduate studies at Harvard. there is no doubt being an enforcer in the nHl takes a tremendous amount of courage. and these guys are often the ones with the hearts of gold off the ice. Theyre the ones who most often visit kids in the hospital or deliver christmas presents to the needy, partly because theyre good chaps and partly because they know they have to leverage all the goodwill they can because theyre so easily replaced. and proponents of fighting will argue players often dont have a choice when they have their heads smashed into the boards, but they do have the choice over whether or not they will fight. and in many ways theyre right. every one of these players, at one point in his career, had the option of turning down his deal with the devil and instead of beating up people, going into a different line of work. They chose not to, so the torment and injury they endure was brought upon by nobody but themselves. so please spare us the portrayals of them being complex, unappreciated victims of a brutal game.

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