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This Week in THN: Jan. 12

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The Hockey News

In the Jan. 12 edition of The Hockey News:

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• THN’s annual franchise rankings order teams based on nine categories to determine which franchise is the best in the NHL.

• Senior writer Ken Campbell writes how a tragedy in a senior hockey league should serve as a wakeup call to get rid of fighting once and for all.

• In Overtime, back-page columnist Eric Duhatschek becomes the Answerman and talks about what’s on tap for the NHL in 2009.

• Editor in chief Jason Kay writes about our Insider Bloggers and gives examples from some of the best so far.

• Inside the NHL takes a look at Buffalo veteran defenseman Teppo Numminen, who returned to the ice this season after spending last Christmas recovering from open-heart surgery, and Steve Mason, who talks about his first NHL game in Fresh Legs.

• In ‘Best from the Net’ Erika Vanderveer, a designer with THN, writes about facing Olympic-caliber shooters one-on-one in a shootout with her Women’s League team, the Burlington Barracudas.

• Some of the NHL’s best snipers are also some of the league’s brightest young stars.

• NHL Team Reports look back on 2008 and then look forward to what 2009 could hold for each NHL team.

• Prospects Unlimited profiles Mike Santorelli of the Milwaukee Admirals, Zenon Konopka of the Norfolk Admirals, Andrej Nestrasil of the Victoriaville Tigres and Colin Wilson of Boston University. We also expect Niklas Hjalmarsson to get the call from the Blackhawks and note the freshman leaders in both American League conferences.

• In Crowd Shots, the best letters to the editor are featured, Adam Proteau answers readers’ questions in Ask Adam and Mark Streit answers your questions in Fan Shootout.

• In our International Report, we examine goalie John Grahame’s release from his Kontinental League team, Avangard Omsk, for violating team rules. We also keep an eye on Europe and the Champions League.

• We profile towering Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman who is an NHL GM’s dream with his superior skills and impressive size.

• Columnist Adam Proteau writes that the show following around Mats Sundin prior to his signing in Vancouver is too much, considering he is a declining asset.

• Our 2009 hockey products preview is released, which features new skate lines.

• Starting From 5 counts down the top veterans aged 35 and older who are having tremendous offensive seasons.

• The best and worst of hockey in Plus/Minus.

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