This Week in The Hockey News magazine: August 2014

In the August issue, we recap the NHL's sizzling summer, from the intriguing draft to the madness of free agency. We take an in-depth look at No. 1 overall pick Aaron Ekblad (is he the next Nick Lidstrom?) and detail what all the signings and trades mean for each team. Also in the issue:

•    Why the Sabres are playing a perilous game with their off-season additions

•    Will Leon Draisaitl be the final component needed to end Edmonton’s decade-long rebuild?

•    Draft Grades for all 30 NHL teams: who gets an ‘A’ and who doesn’t make the cut?

•    Long looks at Jason Spezza’s move to Dallas and Matt Niskanen’s change to Washington

•    Features on Ryan Kesler, Brad Richards, Thomas Vanek, James Neal, Paul Stastny and Ryan Miller

•    Ken Campbell explains why the Dallas Stars are now a true contender in the West

•    The NHL’s Top 10 shootout artists

•    Our plan for a 16-team World Cup of Hockey

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•    Why the death of baseball great Tony Gwynn should be a wakeup call for hockey players who chew tobacco

•    The heroic story of Joe Vicario, who’s endured more than 30 surgeries but won’t let that stop him from getting to the rink

•    Adam Proteau takes a look at why Detroit is no longer a destination for free agents

•    How Canucks fan favorite Gino Odjick won’t stop helping others despite facing a terminal illness

•    A look back at the New York Americans, the Rangers early-days rival led by mob money

•    We check in with Mike Krushelnyski to see what this “15-million dollar man” is up to nowadays.

•    Our 2014 Skate Buyer’s Guide

•    And much, much more.

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