First there are the playoffs. Then there’s the draft. After all that, free agency begins, and with it comes the chaos of several players looking for new homes. Where are stars such as Thomas Vanek, Ryan Miller, and Marian Gaborik going to end up? The Hockey News’ Free Agency Preview 2014 is here to get you up to date on who’s getting a new contract, and possibly a new team, this off-season. Also, for the first time in more than 40 years, just one Canadian team made the playoffs. We take an in-depth look at what’s wrong with the other six and what they need to do to make it back to the dance.
Also in the issue:
-Corsi? Fenwick? Advanced stats are entering hockey, and they’re here to stay. Ryan Kennedy’s introductory guide will tell you what you need to know to understand just what these bloggers and analysts are talking about.
-Ken Campbell goes to the guys in charge and asks NHL GMs what they think about these new, “fancy” stats, and how they use them.
-The Penguins collapsed in playoffs, and this time there are consequences. Adam Proteau takes a look at what went wrong for the Penguins under Ray Shero in this issue’s Proteau Type.
-Matt Larkin catches up with Mike Keenan, who is just coming off a Gagarin Cup victory in the Kontinental League – 20 years after he led the Rangers to a Stanley Cup.
-Our Team Reports have a comprehensive list of each team’s UFAs and RFAs, and how much money we expect them to get.
-Meet the Portland Winterhawks, a WHL powerhouse and supplier of several recent top prospects.
-Read Tyler McGregor’s story: from major junior hopeful to sledge hockey Paralympian.