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This Week: February 5

The return of Scott Niedermayer gives the Ducks one of the best defenses in the league.

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The return of Scott Niedermayer gives the Ducks one of the best defenses in the league.

Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, buy it digitally, or subscribe at thehockeynews.com today!

In the Feb. 5 issue of The Hockey News:

• Three of the best defensemen in the league grace our cover this week, and they all belong to the Anaheim Ducks. Are they ready to repeat?

• The 2008 Summer Hockey School Guide.
 
• Inside The NHL: Patrick Sharp’s shorthanded prowess and how shootouts are keeping a few teams in the mix.

• Jason Kay’s Editor’s Notebook announces the comeback of the stats pages.

• In our opinion section, Larry Brooks suggests this could be Jaromir Jagr’s last season as a New York Ranger.

• Senior writer Ken Campbell myth busts the legend of greed surrounding the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs in his In The Slot column.

• We ask NHL bench bosses Peter Laviolette and Marc Crawford about what they do in practice to rejuvenate a cold power play unit.

• Fans get answers to questions about a call by Kerry Fraser and the formula for the plus-minus stat in our Ask The Experts feature.

• Team Reports highlight the best rookies on all 30 teams.

• Senior writer Mike Brophy weighs in on the future of Jared Staal in his Overtime column.

• In Prospects Unlimited, we cover players and teams from the AHL, NCAA and the CHL; give you the inside-scoop on minor pro leagues across North America; and profile Jeff Woywitka, T.J. Fox, Bobby Sanguinetti and James van Riemsdyk.

• Your Letters To The Editor discuss the 100 People of Power, the sale of the Wild to Craig Leipold, video replay on penalties and changes to the All-Star Game.

• Adam Proteau discusses the problems Darryl Sutter will have signing all the free agents Calgary has this off-season in his Proteau Type column. 

• Hurricanes defenseman Casey Borer is the subject of our Fresh Legs column – our welcome to the NHL feature.
 
• Plus/Minus looks at the best and worst of hockey.

• In Snapshots, we mention the high possibility a team from the Southeast Division could get a playoff spot with fewer points than the ninth place team; Shanahan’s honesty about a cheap shot; and Jay Feaster takes the rap for the “mess” in Tampa Bay.

• Updated NHL depth charts.

• 2 Minutes In The Box with David Booth.

• Petr Prucha’s new luxury car is featured in our Bling Bling segment.

• Elliot Pap writes about the development of the Sedin twins in Vancouver and what it’s like for twins to play on the same team.

All this and more can be found in THN's latest issue. Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, buy it digitally, or subscribe at thehockeynews.com today!

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