• Call of the Wild! Minnesota turns into a contender overnight with the signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter and Ken Campbell looks at how it all went down.
• In his editor’s notebook, Jason Kay writes there is no down time in the summer at THN and elaborates on some of the projects.
• The THN Inbox prints the best letters to the editor, shows the results of two online polls and Adam Proteau answers your questions on Sidney Crosby’s contract and why Ilya Kovalchuk’s first contract with the Devils was vetoed by the league.
• In Inside Hockey, we look at the labor negotiations and that some agents believe owners care less about revenue streams and more about player contract particulars this time around; the best and worst of the hockey world is featured in plus-minus; women’s goalie Emerance Maschmeyer is following the path of her idol, Shannon Szabados, as she plays Jr. A against boys, sets off to Harvard and won gold for Canada at the women’s under-18 championship; and looking at the four inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
• In Proteau Type, Adam Proteau writes that disappointment looms over the Colorado Avalanche.
• Ryan Kennedy covers off the 2012 NHL Draft with stories on the Russian Factor, the surprising selection of Mark Jankowski by the Flames, the overagers taken this time around and why the Ducks like Hampus Lindholm so much.
• Bob Duff writes about James Creighton, hockey’s answer to James Naismith, Abner Doubleday and Alexander Cartwright.
• In Team Reports, we look at the former rivalry, current reunion of Jordan and Eric Staal in Carolina, Dallas’ big summer gains, and we also include depth charts and notes on all 30 NHL teams.
• In Beyond the Spotlight, we look back at the ECHL’s New Orleans Brass, a bold and successful business venture in The Big Easy that ultimately had to fold.
• Last Minute of Play features Larry Humber’s crossword puzzle and the results of our latest caption contest.
• And in Overtime, Ken Campbell writes that, whatever happens in these CBA negotiations, the players will win in the long run.