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This week in THN: Jan. 2, 2012

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In the Jan. 2 issue of The Hockey News:

Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, buy it from the THN store, digitally, or subscribe at thehockeynews.com today!

• In our cover story, we catch up with Jaromir Jagr, who is enjoying his return to the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers.

• In his editor’s notebook, Jason Kay writes about Jaromir Jagr returning to the debate of best European of all-time.

• In the THN Inbox, the best letters to the editor are printed, the results of an online poll are revealed, and your questions are answered in Ask Adam.

• Inside Hockey looks at the new NHL divisional alignment, looks at a new book about how GMs manage their teams, the Bruins comeback after a slow start, and much more.

• Minnesota beat writer Michael Russo explores how the Minnesota Wild have improved under GM Cliff Fletcher and coach Mike Yeo.

• Ken Campbell looks at Florida’s Tomas Fleischmann, his comeback from a severe blood clot in his leg and how he copes today.

• Do coach firings actually work? We look at the historical results after a team makes a mid-season replacement behind the bench.

• In Proteau Type, Adam Proteau says the NHL has to protect its goalies like the NFL protects its quarterbacks.

• Ryan Kennedy heads our world junior preview with breakdowns and predictions on each team in the international event.

• In our NHL team reports, we look at Dale Hunter’s return to Washington as coach, Brian Elliott’s breakout with the Blues, and provide detailed depth charts of all 30 teams.

• In Beyond the Spotlight, we show off some of Glen Green’s art of hockey’s all-time greats.

• In Backchecking, we catch up with Dennis Hull.

• In Last Minute of Play, Larry Humber’s crossword puzzle provides a challenge, Jersey Hound features the new Sherbrooke Phoenix look, and our Blast From the Past shows Phil Esposito trying to get through the Blues.

• And finally, in Overtime, Ken Campbell writes that fighting only increases the chances of brain injuries, which is why it’s time to snuff it out.

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