Chicago Blackhawks Outlook

Significant Subtractions: Bryan Berard, Jocelyn Thibault Significant Additions: Nikolai Khabibulin, Martin Lapointe, Mathieu Barnaby, Jim Dowd, Adrian Aucoin, Jassen Cullimore, Jaroslav Spacek, Todd Simpson. Goaltending: He cost a bundle (4 years, $27 million) but the Blackhawks managed to significantly upgrade their goaltending with cup champion Nikolai Khabibulin. Khabibulin is one of those guys who when he is on his game is one of the best around but who at times…

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Western Conference Goaltender Roundup

Anaheim: J-S Giguere should start again for Anaheim, although he may not be recognizable without his over-sized equipment. Russian prospect Ilya Bryzgalov is a strong possibility for the backup role, however, former Ducks netminder Steve Shields has also been invited to camp and could claim the role. The expectation is that Shields and Adam Wall will play net for Anaheim’s farm team. Calgary: Mikka Kiprusoff headlines Calgary’s attempt to return…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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