Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals have to start proving their worth in the post-season this year.
In the Nov. 15, 2010 edition of The Hockey News:
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• We go full glossy with a new look to the magazine and a revamp of content. In the editor’s notebook, Jason Kay gives you the lowdown of the new feel and what to expect in the future.
• In our cover story, Ken Campbell takes a look at the Washington Capitals, a dominant team in the Eastern Conference that hasn’t found its playoff legs yet. For a few reasons, this is the year they have to start breaking through; no more excuses for this powerhouse.
• We make our shift towards the prospect world with our new Prospect Report. This week, we feature Sahir Gill of Boston University, Brendan Smith of the Grand Rapids Griffins, Daniel Catenacci of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Joel Armia of the Finnish League’s Pori Assat.
• The THN inbox is full of the best letters to the editor, results of a fan poll and Adam Proteau answers readers’ questions in Ask Adam about the New York Rangers and broken sticks.
• Inside Hockey takes a look at players who perform big in contract years and then face immense pressure to live up to their next deal; we also take a look at a few former NHLers who are currently coaching at the major junior level. Charlie Teljeur’s ‘The Instigator’ appears, we pay tribute to Craig Charron, who passed away Oct. 19, and Adam Proteau looks at ways to overhaul overtime.
• In Proteau Type, Adam Proteau writes that NHL owners come to the table with a fortune in hand and aren’t buying into the league to create another mini-fortune.
• Ryan Dixon writes about goalies who prefer to face a lot of rubber and be tested rather than sit lonely at their end of the ice and rarely see action.
• Mike Brophy writes about the Dallas Stars and their GM Joe Nieuwendyk whose rebuilding phase is off to a running start.
• Dino Ciccarelli is finally getting into the Hockey Hall of Fame, so Bob Duff writes about the career of the 608-goal scorer.
• There is a new look to the team reports section as we focus on goalies in the East and San Jose’s ability to remain elite in the face of a salary cap in the West. Plus, we look at each division and run down each team’s depth chart complete with salary cap hits for each player.
• In overtime, Ken Campbell writes about the lessons we have so far learned about the CBA.
• Our book guide looks at THN’s Blood Feuds, which feature some of the best rivalries the hockey world has ever known.