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from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,
If you can’t wait to see Dallas Star Jaromir Jagr, Carolina Hurricane Jordan Staal, New York Ranger Rick Nash, or Minnesota Wild Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, you’re not alone.
If you stand in eager anticipation for the return of NHL hockey on Saturday, whether you plan on sitting through a day’s worth of games or simply nestle in for your favorite team’s, you’re not alone.
The hockey world is with you. Welcome back, fans of the top hockey-playing league in the world.
Don’t feel shame and don’t let anyone try and call you a sucker for returning with eyes open and jaws dropped. Nothing that has transpired since October has been about you, the fan – but it’s soon to become all about you again.
There’s no fault with tuning out the league, while it tediously worked through its financial system. And there’s absolutely no fault with returning to the arenas in droves or settling in front of the television with friends to catch a glimp...
BEST OF MAXIM
RALEIGH, N.C. -- This Saturday night should be a bit emotional for the Staal brothers.
For the first time as professional hockey players, Eric and Jordan Staal will take the ice together as teammates when the Carolina Hurricanes visit the Florida Panthers, kicking off an NHL season that normally would have begun three months earlier.
The wait, due to a lockout that lasted more...
There is quite a game of chicken going on here. Who are the main chickens?
Well, in this corner you have the Vancouver Canucks. Mike Gillis is holding onto a goaltender who has already asked for a trade and half of British Columbia seem to want out on the next red eye. However, the Canucks are also a team about enter into a compressed NHL schedule. Schedule where having two solid...
As Columbus Blue Jackets training camp commenced Sunday at the Ice Haus in front of more than 1,000 cheering fans, there was chatter all around. Chatter about the new faces of the club, the speed of the practice, how the goaltending looks, how good it was to be back and of course, analysis of just who among the 25 might step up to be captain now that Rick Nash, traded last summer...
So much has changed with the Columbus NHL franchise that maybe they should be called the New Jackets.
The Blue Jackets are no longer Rick Nash - and a bunch of other guys.
After almost a decade of being known as ''Nash's team,'' the Blue Jackets, who open their 12th season on Saturday night in Nashville, will feature several players acquired from New York in...
Rangers coach John Tortorella says it's the right time for Rick Nash to be in New York.
The franchise is going for its first Stanley Cup since 1994.
Nash improves the Rangers' chances.
On the other side of North America, the Vancouver Canucks can't wait to resume their quest for their first NHL title.
The Rangers, Canucks - and their fans - won't want to talk...
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that today's third day of training camp looked more like the John Tortorella training camps of old as the session ended with a hard, conditioning skate.
...good to see Torts keeping these guys on their toes. With Torts winging training camp, these guys are always going to be on alert for a set of Herbies to pop-up out of nowhere....
The Carolina Hurricanes aren't content to simply build for the future. This year, they're going Staal in.
This marks a big year for a small-market franchise that has made the playoffs just once since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup. The Hurricanes are looking to take a significant step forward in coach Kirk Muller's first complete season, and they spent some significant...
Bergen Record - Rangers' Rick Nash is in a N.Y. state of mind
Bergen Record - Rangers notes: Chris Kreider not guaranteed a roster spot
New York Post - Rangers’ wing looks to build on playoff roll
Daily News - Kreider far from a lock for Rangers' roster
Daily News - Rangers Insider: Healthy Staal sets lofty goals
Newsday - Rick Nash prepared for high...
Yesterday, John Tortorella was a guest on WFAN's Mike Francesa radio show...
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...i've listened to a couple of Torts' radio interviews recently and man, is he obsessed with making sure his players don't get injured in camp.
Tortorella wasn't the only Ranger on the radio yesterday, as...
A depth forward could be on the radar for the Rangers.
Looking over the Rangers training camp roster, one thing that really stands out is the lack of depth, particularly on offense. Right now, the following has been reported as Torts’ early line combos.
Carl Hagelin – Brad Richards – Rick Nash
Marian Gaborik – Derek Stepan – Ryan Callahan
The Columbus Blue Jackets have reassigned promising forward Boone Jenner to his junior team and newly acquired defenseman Tim Erixon to Springfield, Mass., of the American Hockey League.
The moves allowed the Blue Jackets to get down to the 23-man limit for their opener at Nashville on Saturday night.
The 19-year-old Jenner is the club's second-round pick in the 2011 draft...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
What markets will suffer the most because of the lockout?
Maybe none will. But we'll be interested in places such as Anaheim, which needs success to reinforce its place in the marketplace galvanized most recently by the 2007 Cup win. Dallas needs a strong start and a playoff berth to help new owner Tom Gaglardi realize his dream of restoring...