New Jersey Devils

The Devils, under Lou Lamoriello, will always be contenders. Despite losing Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, and Brian Rafalski over the years, the Devils have always had someone to step up and keep them competitive. They tend not to go after the young free agents, but opted for seasoned veterans to fill in the holes. For the most part, they find affordable contracts and through clever maneuverings from “Loophole Lou” the Devils have always managed to shed the bad ones. Scoring has always been a bit of the defense-first Devils. It’s not so much the Devils lack the talent, having 4

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NHL Europe

The topic has been beaten to death, but more articles have appeared about the NHL’s potential expansion to Europe. John Vogl at The Buffalo News believes that it’s a bad way to market hockey. Vogl argues that there are still hockey markets suffering in the US and that playing games in Europe doesn’t do anything to help. Bettman, however, thinks its a great idea. “Now we have an opportunity to go to more well-developed hockey markets where a number of our players actually come from. We are getting, from the early indications, a fabulous reception.” I agree with Vogl that

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Bulin Wall Crumbles

Despite Dale Tallon‘s claims that he will go ahead and start the season with both Cristobal Huet and Nikolai Khabibulin, it has been reported from various sources that Khabibulin has been placed on waivers. No word of what’s going on behind the doors, but it’s expected that Khabibulin will either be traded or claimed through re-entry waivers. Of course the front-runners are the Kings, but no news out of their camp about the matter. This also means that Corey Crawford will backup Huet this season. EDIT: Mark B at the Bleacher Report thinks that Khabibulin is going out the door

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Nashville Predators

For a team that doesn’t have a stable fan base and responsible ownership, the Predators have done very, very well. An unstable ownership group, embroiled in controversy from Jim Balsillie to Boots Del Baggio, has managed to retain a stable management group, as David Poile and Barry Trotz have remained the franchise’s only GM and coach in history. While the Preds don’t make much noise during the season, they’re always a force in the playoffs. What the Preds lack in talent and skill they make up for in hard work and discipline, a strong characteristic of a Trotz team. The

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Montreal Canadiens

On paper the Habs look great. The reigning Eastern Conference champs lost replaceable players over the summer but addressed toughness issues with Georges Laraque and got their French-Canadian star in Alex Tanguay. The Habs enter their centennial season with high expectations from the team, media, and fans alike, and even pegged by some to win their 25th Cup. The Habs are skilled and fast – they may not be tough or big, but the players buy into Guy Carbonneau and Kirk Muller‘s system and as a result became one of the most efficient teams in the league, scoring 257 goals

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Quick Hit News

Old news, but Mathieu Schneider is now a Thrasher, pending physicals on Brad Larsen and Ken Klee, the players going the other way. Klee and Larsen are in the last years of their contracts and were not part of the Thrashers’ plans going forward. Schneider makes the Thrashers defense better, but they won’t be making the playoffs anytime soon. It also means that perhaps Atlanta isn’t too interested in finish first in the draft sweepstakes. Don Waddell was not interested in Schneider through waivers saying he was too expensive and wasn’t the right fit. The Thrashers’ payroll increased by about

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Minnesota Wild

No other player in the league holds as much stake in a hockey team’s future as Marian Gaborik. The oft-injured Slovak sniper is in the last year of his contract worth $7.5m and had a career season last year, to one’s surprise, because it was the first year Gaborik played more than 70 games since the 2002-03 season. After GM Doug Risebrough committed to re-signing Brian Rolston over Pavol Demitra, it was speculated that Gaborik was not happy with the organization’s decision to not re-sign Gaborik’s closest friend and teammate. Risebrough’s plan backfired and he ended up losing both, much

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Los Angeles Kings

It wasn’t too long ago that the Pens were a lock to finish in the bottom 5 of the league. The Kings are headed down this road for the foreseeable future. But, at least the future looks bright. Very bright. The Kings are blessed with enough talent, and this year will be a audition of sorts for many of the young kids to crack the lineup for next year. However, the most important thing for the Kings is to be patient. The wins will come when the time is right. Offense is not a problem for the Kings. The hard-hitting

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Mixing and Matching

Training camp’s all about establishing chemistry and figuring out which players go where. ESPN’s Sean Allen provides some insight and here are the highlights: Zach Bogosian seems to be penciled in to make the team, and Allen figures him to hit the 40-point mark, but I highly doubt it. I think their top powerplay quarterbacks are going to be Ron Hainsey and Tobias Enstrom. With Justin Williams out for most of the season it means a spot has opened up beside Eric Staal. The likely candidate is Patrick Eaves, although Sergei Samsonov, who has rejuvenated his career in Carolina, may

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Florida Panthers

Where did everyone go? The former core of the Panthers, which included Roberto Luongo and Olli Jokinen as the centerpieces, have both been traded away to the Western Conference. A string of bad trades crippled the organization and its depth chart, and the Panthers are scrambling to get everything back together. The Panthers have missed the playoffs for eight consecutive years, and this year’s no different, although management seems to think otherwise and will be looking for forwards Nathan Horton and Stephen Weiss to step up their game and lead the charge. For a team that’s called the “Panthers,” the

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