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This Week: February 26

Alex Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk together at the All-Star Game, are two of the best Russian players in the league today.

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Alex Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk together at the All-Star Game, are two of the best Russian players in the league today.

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In the Feb. 26 issue of The Hockey News:

• Our cover story talks about Alex Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk: Their dominance on the ice and contrasting personalities away from it.

• Inside the NHL: Who is the best - East or West?

• In his Editor’s Notebook, Jason Kay ponders the NHL’s plans for Europe.

• On the Opinion Page, Stan Fischler says it’s time to go back to old-style fighting: No grabbing, just boxing.

• In our Ask The Experts feature, we answer your questions about the world of hockey.

• Our Team Reports look at the best and worst trades in the history of all 30 NHL teams.

• In Prospects Unlimited, we cover players and teams from the AHL, NCAA and CHL; give you the inside-scoop on minor pro leagues across North America; and profile Chris Stewart, Bryan Rodney, Teddy Purcell, Maxime Sauve and Will Engasser.

• Senior writer Mike Brophy looks at the surprising Montreal Canadiens and why they are doing much better than we predicted.

• Your letters to the editor deal with Mike Emrick’s great gesture at the All-Star Game, the game from a kid’s perspective, a need for backups to play and the unfairness of a player joining a team midway through the season.

• Beyond The Spotlight visits former NHLer Paul Ysebaert, his family and his stable.

• In Fresh Legs – our welcome to the NHL feature – we highlight Stars defenseman Matt Niskanen.

• Our Plus/Minus looks at the best and worst of the hockey world.

• In Snapshots, we mention Paul Kelly’s attempt not to appear too chummy with the league and how little playing time Martin Brodeur’s backups get.

• In Overtime, senior writer Mike Brophy looks at the problems behind the sudden struggles of the Ottawa Senators.

• Inside The Numbers has unique NHL stats and team-by-team AHL stats.

• Updated NHL depth charts.

• In his In The Slot column, senior writer Ken Campbell discusses the plight of Junior-A league operators, who are upset with the Canadian Development Model, which stacks the deck in favor of the major junior leagues.

• 2 Minutes in the Box with David Perron.

• Starting From 10 counts down the top-10 long-term contract extensions that have been ‘big deals’ so far this year.

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!

From now until the trade deadline (Feb. 26) The Hockey News is having a subscription sale. Click HERE to get $10 off our regular subscription price.

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