In the Oct. 25 edition of The Hockey News:
• It’s our annual Bucks and Pucks issue with an eye towards the restricted free agent class headed by the top three picks in the 2008 draft class: Steven Stamkos, Drew Doughty and Zach Bogosian.
• Ryan Kennedy takes a look at the players caught between the NHL and the AHL and how their wallets have been negatively affected by the current market.
• How do contracts come to be? Ryan Dixon writes about how contracts are negotiated and, ultimately, agreed to.
• As the new head of the NHLPA, Don Fehr has struck fear in some fans, who worry about his work stoppage past in baseball. But Ken Campbell writes how Fehr brings honest determination to the job.
• In Proteau Type, Adam Proteau writes how some players have difficulty saving their money and some of the mistakes that are made in handling it.
• NHL team stories have a money twist with stories from around the league that relate to the green.
• Inside the NHL explores why players need to speak out when they’re injured and not just “play through the pain;” looks at the labor agreement between the NHL and its officials; and what the transition from player to announcer is like.
• Our NCAA preview ranks the top 10 programs in the nation and also by conference. We also profile Notre Dame’s Riley Sheahan, Colgate’s Brian Day, Minnesota’s Nick Bjugstad, Maine’s Gustav Nyquist and Michigan’s Carl Hagelin.
• We also take a look at the major junior circuits in Prospects Unlimited with profiles Jonathan Huberdeau of the Saint John Sea Dogs; plus we have an eye towards the AHL and have a peek at Manitoba’s Jordan Schroeder and Milwaukee’s Dana Tyrell.
• In the Slot, Ken Campbell takes a look at some funny tidbits that deal with money around the NHL.
• Last Minute of Play features Jersey Hound, which looks at a throwback Albuquerque Six-Guns uniform from the 1970s; Larry Humber’s Crossword puzzle challenges readers; and Charlie Teljeur’s hockeysockpuppettheatre provides a laugh.
• In overtime, Eric Duhatschek puts together a lineup of some of the best bargain players in the NHL.
• In his Editor’s Notebook, Jason Kay looks back at some teams of the past that would have struggled with the salary cap.
• In Crowd Shots, the best letters to the editor are printed, Ask Adam provides answers on buyouts and referees in the Hall of Fame, and Starting From Five counts down the youngest captains in the game today.