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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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…

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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…

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Senators payroll status

Pos Name 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 RW Daniel Alfredsson 4,662,894 4,662,894 4,662,894 4,662,894 RW Dany Heatley $4,500,000 $4,500,000 $4,500,000 D Zdeno Chara 3,724,000 D Wade Redden 3,724,000 RW Martin Havlat 2,600,000 C Bryan Smolinski 2,242,000 2,242,000 D Chris Phillips 1,976,000 1,976,000 G Dominik Hasek 1,520,000 C Mike Fisher 1,500,000 1,500,000 D Anton Volchenkov 1,300,000 1,300,000 LW Vaclav Varada 1,216,000 1,216,000 C Jason Spezza 1,100,000 LW Peter Schaefer 988,000 LW…

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Leafs Payroll status

Pos Name 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 C Mats Sundin $6,840,000 $6,840,000 G Ed Belfour 4,560,000 D Bryan McCabe 3,458,000 D Tomas Kaberle 2,280,000 D Ken Klee 1,900,000 LW Darcy Tucker 1,596,000 C Eric Lindros 1,550,000 C Jason Allison 1,500,000 RW Jeff O’Neill 1,500,000 1,500,000 D Alexander Khavanov 1,250,000 RW Tie Domi 1,250,000 1,250,000 D Aki Berg 1,060,000 C Nik Antropov 1,000,000 C Matt Stajan 805,600 RW Wade Belak 800,000…

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