• Believe in the Bruins? Ryan Dixon examines the Boston Bruins’ shortcomings and the team’s attempt to bolster its scoring with the acquisitions of Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton this summer. Dixon examines the B’s propensity to flirt with greatness and talks with GM Peter Chiarelli and team vice-president Cam Neely about Boston teams past and present.
• Every NHL team’s depth chart with key departures, first power play unit and who’s next in line for a roster spot.
• Find out what’s happening around the NHL in Team Reports, where our correspondents take the news and explain what it means.
• In Prospects Unlimited, Tim Campbell writes about up-and-coming Phoenix Coyote Michael Stone, his struggle with consistency and his attempt to make the jump from the American League to the big leagues. Kevin Oklobzija profiles Worcester Sharks forward Steve Zalewski, who’s scored nearly half of his career pro goals on special teams. And in major junior, Neil Hodge talks to 2009 Columbus draft pick David Savard, who’s proved there’s an offensive and defensive side to his game.
• Inside the Numbers, Nicolas Chabot lists the remaining unrestricted free agents on the market.
• In Overtime, Eric Duhatschek examines Lightning GM Steve Yzerman’s start in Tampa Bay, how he learned from the best in Detroit and the challenges of trying to turn things around in Tampa Bay.
• From helmets and gloves, to sticks and skates, we talk gear in our annual buyer’s guide. Find out the latest trends as our writers talk with equipment pros about dos and don’ts when buying new hockey gear.
• Writer Ken Campbell starts the countdown to the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the players’ association. He lays out the challenges they’ll both face when they sit down at the negotiating table and analyzes six key issues both sides will be talking about.
• In Proteau Type, columnist Adam Proteau gives his two cents on the recent Research and Development Camp the NHL held in Toronto.
• Inside the NHL, Ryan Kennedy looks at the trends in Stanley Cup teams and wonders if it’s the young guys that get the job done, or the old guys and if the aging Red Wings can make experience work for them. Meanwhile, player agent Rand Simon lays out the departures and buyouts of the off-season.
• Check out the Q & A with Matt Duchene from his house in Haliburton, Ont.
• Your best letters are printed in letters to the editor and fans wonder if Detroit is the team to beat in the West in Ask Adam.