Washington Capitals

The reds have caught the US capital by storm. Literally. With a completely turnaround midway through the season leading to the club’s first division title in 7 years, the Capitals have completely swept the people of DC off their feet. Hockey in DC is as popular as ever, and backed by an owner who isn’t afraid to throw some money around or change conventional thinking, and a general manager who isn’t afraid to pull the trigger, the Caps are back. No other player in the NHL is as exciting as Alexander Ovechkin. The Russian phenom just came off a 65-goal

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Vancouver Canucks

Like the Lightning, although to a much lesser extent, the Canucks are heading in a new direction, and it couldn’t be more definite than letting long-time captain Markus Naslund walk. The Canucks were hoping to make a splash this year, and offered Mats Sundin an eye-popping $20m offer over 2 years. Sundin ended up not signing (obviously), but that didn’t deter new GM Mike Gillis from bringing in his own crop of players. Management made bold promises over the summer, and while the Canucks are off to a hot start, it’ll be interesting to see where this team finishes. Some

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Toronto Maple Leafs

I think David did a great job summing up the Leafs. Read it here. Lineup: Jason Blake – Nik Antropov – Alexei Ponikarovsky Jiri Tlusty – Mikhail Grabovski – Niklas Hagman Nikolai Kulemin – Dominic Moore – Alex Steen John Mitchell – Matt Stajan – Jamal Mayers Tomas Kaberle – Luke Schenn Carlo Colaiacovo – Pavel Kubina Jonas Frogren – Mike Van Ryn Vesa Toskala – Curtis Joseph Predicted finish: 5th Northeast, 12th East

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Alexei Cherepanov 1989-2008

The National Hockey League announced today that 19-year old Alexei Cherepanov has passed away. The Russian winger was hailed to be the next coming of Pavel Bure, and was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 1st round, 17th overall in the 2007 draft. Cherepanov collapsed on the bench in a KHL game. An investigation is underway to determine the cause. We at HockeyAnalysis send our deepest condolences.

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Tampa Bay Lightning

No team in the league went through as much turnover as the Lightning this summer. Spearheaded by a new ownership group led by Oren Koules and Len Barrie, who have made many headlines this summer, the Lightning have promised their fans an exciting brand of Lightning hockey and a replication of success they enjoyed in 2004. The Lightning enter the season with much intrigue, as many fans and experts are wondering what sort of Lightning team that features as many as five new key players and a coach that hasn’t worked in the NHL for a decade, will show up.

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St. Louis Blues

Like the Islanders and Thrashers, the Blues just never seem to be able to commit in a singular direction. After being one of the West’s powerhouses for two decades, including a string of 24 consecutive playoff appearances, the Blues are undergoing a youth movement and building the team up piece by piece. However, for a team that’s been dedicated to rebuilding, there is little to build upon in terms of young talent other than Erik Johnson. Sure, the Blues have some talented youngsters, but none of their forwards come with the same pedigree as Johnson, which could prove to be

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Quick Hit Rumours

– Marian Gaborik‘s name will be a fixture in the rumour mill from now on, and I can safely say that at least 10 teams are seriously interested in his services. The sniper has recently rejected a multi-year contract (6+ years) at around $8m/season (although the folks at Hockey Central don’t believe this rumour). The Gaborik camp is reportedly looking for a contract that will pay him $10m/season, or somewhere close to that neighbourhood. Doug Risebrough isn’t a man who just throws money around – he did lose Pavol Demitra and Brian Rolston this summer after all – but if

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Financial Crisis: What does the future hold for the NHL?

Unless you have been living under a rock I am sure you know about the current economic crisis in the U.S. and around the world. There is seemingly no doubt that the U.S. is going to enter into a recession, if it is not already there, but the depth and duration of that recession is still anyones guess. Even the best economists are admitting that no one really knows how bad things will get and for how long and how much the U.S. woes will spread into Canada and around the world. I am no economist or even a business

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San Jose Sharks

The knock against San Jose has always been that they’ve never been able to go deep in the playoffs. A regular season wunderkind, the Sharks always lose their bite (excuse the poor pun… and alliteration) in the postseason, and their star players always seem to disappear, despite numbers that suggest otherwise. With a new head coach in place, and after begging management to keep the core for another year, the players have vowed to exceed all expectations and perhaps bring the Cup back to sunny California. At first glance, the Sharks seem to have a great offense, with big Joe

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David's 2008-09 NHL Predictions

I believe we are in for some serious surprises in both conferences as I don’t think there are many teams that are sure bets to make the playoffs and in both conferences, particularly the west, there are several younger teams ready to make a push for a playoff spot. All that means that some teams expecting to make the playoffs won’t. Eastern Conference 1. New Jersey Devils 2. Montreal Canadiens 3. Washington Capitals 4. New York Rangers 5. Pittsburgh Penguins 6. Buffalo Sabres 7. Ottawa Senators 8. Boston Bruins 9. Philadelphia Flyers 10. Tampa Bay Lightning 11. Carolina Hurricanes 12.

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