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Yesterday at thn.com:
NACS head scout Mark Seidel ranks the top 30 prospects fo the 2009 draft.
In Screen Shots, Adam Proteau has a pot-pourri session touching on different stories in the pre-season.
Ryan Dixon writes about the wide open Eastern Conference and the excitement it’ll bring, in his blog.
In his blog, Ken Campbell writes that the IIHF showed it’s real stripes in not suspending Alexander Radulov.
Getting to know Steven Stamkos of the Lightning.
News and Views…
Anaheim: Dan Wood of the Orange County Register writes about Bobby Ryan and Brett Festerling: One may be cut because of his contract and the other could stay because of his. (more…)
Boston: Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald writes about cuts made by the Bruins. Most notably, the demotion of goalie Tuukka Rask. (more…)
Carolina: Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer writes about Niclas Wallin’s recovery from a concussion. (more…)
Chicago: Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times writes about Nikolai Khabibulin’s options going forward. (more…)
Colorado: Adrian Dater of the Denver Post writes that the best forwards in the Avs’ final two pre-season games will make the cut. (more…)
Dallas: Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News writes about the upswing at the box office for the Stars after last season’s playoff run. (more…)
Detroit: Chris Chelios will miss three to six weeks with a broken leg, writes Dave Dye of the Detroit News. (more…)
Edmonton: Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun writes about the scoring support the Oilers have finally found for this season. (more…)
Minnesota: John Shipley writes in the St. Paul Pioneer Press about the toughness being shown by Marc-Andre Bergeron in pre-season. (more…)… Josh Harding declared himself able to play after taking a stick through the mask and suffering a scratched cornea. (more…)
Montreal: Injured enforcer Georges Laraque could be ready for the start of the season, reports the Gazette. (more…)
Nashville: Despite a slow pre-season, the Preds are confident that they’ll be ready for the opener on Oct. 10 at St. Louis, writes John Glennon of the Tennessean. (more…)…Mark McGee of the Nashville City Paper profiles roster hopeful Joel Ward, who is earning praise from coaches and players alike. (more…)
New Jersey: Zach Parise is hoping to improve on his career high numbers from last season, writes Andrew Gross of the Herald News. (more…)…Devils defenders are looking sharp going into the regular season, writes David Satriano of the New York Post. (more…)…Backup goaltender Kevin Weekes will start in net on Friday against the Isles, writes The Record’s Tom Gulitti in his blog. (more…)
New York Islanders: First-round draft pick Josh Bailey has signed a three-year NHL entry-level contract, but his roster spot is still up in the air, writes Greg Logan of Newsday. (more…)…Rick DiPietro’s first game back from hip and knee surgery will be on Monday in Florida, writes Greg Logan in his blog. (more…)
New York Rangers: Chris Drury is the most likely candidate to be the Ranger’s next captain, writes Lynn Zinser in the New York Times. (more…)…Michael Obernauer of the Daily News lists some of the key issues facing the Rangers going into Saturday’s season opener against the Lightning. (more…)
Ottawa: The Senators win over Frolunda came without centre Mike Fisher, who aggravated his groin injury in the first period, writes Chris Stevenson of Sun Media. (more…)…Owner Eugene Melnyk, GM Bryan Murray and Daniel Alfredsson’s agent J.P Barry will meet in Stockholm today to begin talks on a new contract for the Senators captain, writes Chris Stevenson of Sun Media. (more…)
Philadelphia: Rookie Claude Giroux was assigned to the American League’s Phantoms along with five other players, writes Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer. (more…)…Injuries on the Flyers’ blueline have GM Paul Holmgren “mildly concerned,” writes Chuck Gormley of the Camden Courier Post. (more…)
Pittsburgh: History is not on the Pens’ side, as the 11 Stanley Cup runners-up from 1996-2007 have struggled the next season, writes Joe Starkey of the Tribune-Review. (more…)
St. Louis: Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch profiles centre Jay McClement, who is looking to become one of the Blues key players on the penalty kill. (more…)
San Jose: Rob Blake will start alongside Dan Boyle on the Sharks number one power play, writes Kevin Woodley of the Mercury News. (more…)
Tampa Bay: Tribune correspondent Pavel Barta profiles Vinny Prospal, who on Saturday will play for Czech fans for the first time while wearing an NHL jersey. (more…)
Toronto: John Mitchell has impressed the Leafs with his versatility and speed, writes Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star. (more…)…Ryan Hollweg wants to be known as more than a tough guy, writes Steve Buffery of Sun Media. (more…)
Vancouver: The Canucks are relying heavily on the Sedin twins during the pre-season, and it has paid off, writes Elliot Pap of the Vancouver Sun. (more…)…Jim Morris of The Canadian Press examines whether the re-tooled Canucks have enough depth and firepower to make the playoffs this season. (more…)
Washington: Coach Bruce Boudreau is considering playing forward Sergei Fedorov on defense, writes Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post. (more…)
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