Edmonton Oilers Season Preview

Off-season activity: The 2003/04 NHL season abundantly displayed the holes in their roster that Edmonton needed to fill: a starting goaltender, a number one centreman, and a mobile, puck-moving defenceman. In the two off-seasons that have followed, they’ve made half-fearted attempts to fill all these roles. The starting goaltender duties in 03-04 were split by a suddenly-ineffective Tommy Salo and an extremely unproven Ty Conklin. Things look better this year for the Oilers, with Conklin having disproven some of the doubters with strong play in relief of Salo, and for Team USA internationally. Battling Conklin for playing time will be

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New contributor

I’d like to welcome Jonathan Willis to the HockeyAnalyis.com contributors list. Jonathan doesn’t have a blog of his own but will write the occasional article for HockeyAnalysis.com, mostly focusing on the western conference.

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Rookies or cheap veterens?

One thing that we are seeing in the NHL under the new CBA is that some veterens are going to have to accept minimum or close to minimum salary contracts if they want to remain in the NHL. Mariusz Czerkawski who signed with the Leafs for a paltry $500,000 is an example. The best Bryan Marchment could do is accept an invite to a training camp. Defenseman Brad Brown was forced to accept a 2-way contract. All this is because teams are limited by the $39 million salary cap. The ‘depth’ players are going to be forced to take league

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New York Islanders

(Also posted at The Devils Advocate) What they lost: Experience and leadership. Mike Peca, Adrian Aucoin, Dave Scatchard, and Marius Czerkawski are all gone. Peca was their captain last season, and before him it was Kenny Jonsson who will play in Sweden this year. Peca has also won the Selke trophy twice in his career as the best defensive forward… making him a player who is not easily replaced. What they gained: Stepping into the Nassau Coliseum this year are Miroslav Satan, Alexei Zhitnik, Mike York, Brad Lukowich, and Joel Bouchard. Satan is a skilled forward who can be relied

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Atlantic Division: New York Rangers

(Also posted at The Devils Advocate) Let me start off by saying that it’s great to join HockeyAnalysis.com. Over the next week or so, I will be taking a look at the Atlantic Division. The first team up is the New York Rangers. What they lost: A ton of stars and payroll. Bobby Holik, Eric Lindros, and Mike Dunham have all been lost since the Broadway Blueshirts last took the ice, and even more were shipped out before last season’s trading deadline. The biggest blow to the Rags could be the loss of captain Mark Messier, the most recent future

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New Contributor

I’d like to announce a new contributor to HockeyAnalysis.com. His name is Bill Lyman and he currently writes a New Jersey Devils blog called The Devils Advocate. Bill will be writing about New Jersey as well as their division rivals and maybe other topics on occasion.

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Thrashers: This years surprise team?

The free agent frenzy is mostly over and teams are getting ready to open their training camps. It’s time to really start looking at the upcoming NHL season. Today I am going to look at a team that I think could really surprise people this upcoming season. No, I don’t think they can win the cup but I think they can make the playoffs and maybe even win their division if all things go well. That team is the Atlanta Thrashers. In 2003-04 the Atlanta Thrashers finished second in their division behind the Tampa Bay Lighning but only 10 in

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Saving face or good strategy?

The Maple Leafs today announced they have signed Mariusz Czerkawski to a one year contract. While no terms were released rumours are it is in the $1 million range. They are also apparently talking to veterens Steve Thomas, Mike Keane, Bryan Marchement, possibly Jason York, and quite possibly others as well. Is this John Ferguson Jr’s strategy all along or is he just trying to save face for missing out on other free agents during the early August free agent frenzy? Howard Berger obviously believes JFJ is just saving face and attempting to give coach Pat Quinn some veterens to

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Welcome to HockeyAnalysis.com

Welcome to my new website which is a spinoff of my personal blog Different Thinking I found that I was writing a ton of hockey related articles and decided that maybe it would be best to create a hockey specific site. I intend to expand this beyond a personal blog though and hope to get sever other bloggers contributing articles as well. If you run a hockey blog yourself and want to cross post some of your stuff here or just feel like writing a hockey article for here exclusively click on “Become a contributor” in the menu to the

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Can Leafs compete with Senators?

The Leafs-Sens rivalry might be becoming the biggest rivalry in the NHL these days and I found it interesting that during a call-in show on Team 1200 this afternoon that revolved around the Hossa-Heatley trade a large portion of Senator fans analyzed the deal with the Leafs in mind, either comparing the new Sens to past Leaf teams or whether this trade would help the Sens beat the Leafs in the playoffs or the more than occassional jab at the Leafs and how they won’t even make the playoffs so it won’t even matter. So the question really arises, can

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