Will the Montreal Canadiens be able to work out a trade for Vincent Lecavalier before the March 4 trade deadline passes?
In the Feb. 23 edition of The Hockey News:
• It’s our annual Trade Deadline Preview issue: From Vincent Lecavalier going to Montreal to Ottawa’s big payout for Jay Bouwmeester, THN looks at some possible trades that will bolster teams headed into the playoffs and help those left behind to beef up for next season.â€¨â€¨
• Senior writer Ken Campbell looks at next year’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver and how Team Canada will be hard pressed to contend with the elite lineup of Russian superstars who will be shooting for gold.
• In Overtime, back page columnist Eric Duhatschek explains how keen player development has made Buffalo and Nashville annual contenders despite their small-market financial constraints.
• Columnist Adam Proteau examines the North American bias that has kept European coaches out of the NHL.
• Editor in Chief Jason Kay discusses how the city of Montreal brought a measure of class and passion back to the NHL All-Star Game.
• Inside the NHL looks at Brendan Shanahan’s decision to go back to the Devils and examines the small players who make the most of their size.
• THN blogger and former GM Jay Feaster looks back on his code of silence surrounding trade talk in Tampa Bay.
• We count down the top five players who were traded for Mike Sillinger in Starting From Five and Generation Gap looks at player curfews over the years.
• In our Opinion Page, Aaron Portzline discusses Columbus’ refusal to sell out its future in a big deal at the upcoming trade deadline.
• THN lists the 10 best defensive defensemen in the NHL today and spends some time with underrated game-changer Robyn Regehr.
• Hockey Night in Canada reporter Elliotte Friedman looks at how Michael Ryder’s hometown showed him why Hockey Day in Canada still matters.
• Beyond the Spotlight profiles defenseman Jordan Smith of the Lakehead University Thunderwolves, who keeps playing the game that took his left eye.
• NHL Team Reports looks at who’s buying and who’s selling at the upcoming trade deadline, from the Atlanta Thrashers who are looking for a return on renting Mathieu Schneider’s services, to the Pittsburgh Penguins who are willing make a major trade to ensure their spot in the playoffs.
• Prospects Unlimited profiles Jonas Junland of the Peoria Rivermen, Nathan Lawson of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Calvin de Haan of the Oshawa Generals and Kevin Shattenkirk of Boston University. We also expect Teddy Purcell to get the call from the Los Angeles Kings and rank the top shootout scorers in the American League.
• The International Report looks at ex-NHLer Kevin Dallman, who broke a 25-year-old Soviet hockey record, and Eye on Europe examines the stunning upset of Metallurg Magnitogorsk by Switzerland’s ZSC Lions in the Champions League final.
• In Crowd Shots, the best letters to the editor are featured, Adam Proteau answers readers’ questions in Ask Adam and Devin Setoguchi of the San Jose Sharks 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 at the bold and gold look of the 1980’s Penguins.