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This Week in THN: March 16

The Hockey News

The Hockey News

In the March 16 edition of The Hockey News:

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• Our Cover Story profiles The Green Monster himself, defenseman Mike Green of the Washington Capitals, whose daredevil offense has him in the running to be the first rearguard to hit the 50-goal mark. Green’s risky play might give some other coaches ulcers, but Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau has no problem letting this blueline sniper join the rush.

• Senior writer Ken Campbell examines the up and down career of Rangers GM Glen Sather as an example of how flawed the Hockey Hall of Fame selection process truly is.

• In Overtime, back page columnist Eric Duhatschek explains how, despite last year’s late season spark, the Edmonton Oilers are going nowhere above the middle of the pack as they still lack a true superstar player.

• Columnist Adam Proteau looks at the Montreal Canadiens and how their excess of cap space after this season may lead them into the same roster problems that now plague the New York Rangers.

• Editor in chief Jason Kay discusses how Mike Green’s offensive style has yet to catch on across the league and why the bad blood between Crosby and Ovechkin is good for the rest of us.

• A look at Columbus goalie Steve Mason’s journey from the dregs of Junior C level hockey to the Vezina Trophy race in his rookie NHL season. Despite setbacks throughout his career, this shutout machine has established himself as a true No. 1 and finally put the Blue Jackets into the playoff race.

• Inside the NHL looks at the risk of signing injury-prone talent like Tim Connolly and Marian Gaborik; examines the problems among smaller hockey nations trying to qualify for the Olympics; and profiles three NCAA players who look to cash in on free agency this summer.

• We count down the top five most memorable games for Ottawa star Dany Heatley in Starting From 5; and, in Fresh Legs, Blues center Patrick Berglund talks about his first NHL game.

• In our Opinion Page, David J. Neal discusses the need for a major American network to take a chance on a Saturday night NHL broadcast.

• In Beyond the Spotlight, referee Jeff Smith tells the miraculous story of how a quirk of fate kept him and his family off the fatal flight that crashed near Buffalo on Feb. 12.

• Our 2009 Memorabilia and Collectibles feature tracks which players and teams drive the marketplace.

• NHL Team Reports looks at the weirdest, wildest and wackiest stories from around the league this season, from the Chicago goal that made one fan a millionaire, to the Edmonton injury that made a radio engineer pass out.

• Prospects Unlimited profiles Tim Stapleton of the Toronto Marlies, Danny Syvret of the Philadelphia Phantoms, Dmitri Kulikov of the Drummondville Voltigeurs and David McIntyre of the Colgate Raiders. Sean Avery gets the call from the New York Rangers and we rank the top goalie save percentages in the American League.

• The International Report examines the cautious measures the KHL is taking to prevent another Alexei Cherepanov tragedy and the upcoming Swiss League playoffs.

• In Crowd Shots, the best letters to the editor are featured, Adam Proteau answers readers’ questions in Ask Adam and Andrew Peters of the Buffalo Sabres serves 2 Minutes in the Box.

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

• Depth charts, including first power play unit and next in line for each of the 30 NHL franchises.

• Last Minute of Play features Charlie Teljeur’s hockeysockpuppettheatre cartoon, Larry Humber’s hockey crossword puzzle and Ryan Kennedy’s Jersey Hound, where he looks the latest and best jersey of the Niagara IceDogs.

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