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Can Joel Ward finally find Stanley Cup glory with the Sharks?

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Joel Ward. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

By Carter Brooks

Joel Ward is looking for a fresh start. Between sets in the gym, mini scrimmages and off ice strength and speed conditioning, he has a lot on his mind. With a new team, city, house and coach to get used to, he knows this season will be an important test of character and hopefully an appropriate fulfillment of his recently negotiated three-year contract.

As a veteran of more than 500 NHL games, Ward has yet to make it past the second round of the playoffs. He believes San Jose is the place to make that happen.

“I want to come in to this team and complement what is already going on here,” Ward said. “I hope to get some chemistry with a few guys and win a lot of hockey games. That is the overall goal.” Read more

This Week In The Hockey News magazine: Yearbook 2015-16

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It’s the 2015-16 edition of The Hockey News’ annual Yearbook, your essential guide to the upcoming NHL season. We’ve got full breakdowns and predictions for all 30 teams (plus our picks for the Stanley Cup), features on the game’s biggest stars and much more. In the 188-page issue:

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK – We love to argue, but not over these picks

OPENING FACEOFF – Hello, 3-on-3 OT. Goodbye, shootout

ROOKIE WATCH – McDavid & Eichel ramp up the hype

MEET THE NEW GUYS – Maple Leafs and Oilers’ overhauls just one of many moves

WHAT THE FANS SAY – Who you think will harvest hardware

SEAN MONAHAN – Boring? No chance. Next Toews? Maybe

DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN & BRENT BURNS – Great versatility, greater personalities

OFF-SEASON TRAINING – Ryan O’Reilly’s regimen about more than body

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS – Habs’ crease king is also league’s cream

RYAN MCDONAGH – Born to play, bred to lead. Next up: Cup

OVIE OR SID? – After 10 years in the NHL, who’s better?

TAYLOR HALL – New and improved and hunting for wins

SHEA WEBER – What gets the NHL’s boom king gabbing?

MORGAN RIELLY – “Untouchable” for so many reasons

NHL TEAM REPORTS – four pages for each NHL club, including the breakdown of need-to-knows, Depth Charts, Fast Facts, Expanded Rosters, Extended Stats from last season and the Future Watch Zone – looking at each organization’s top prospects

2014-15 STATISTICS – Forget the Internet…numbers galore for every major league around the world!

2015-16 NHL SCHEDULE – 1,230 reasons to stay on the couch

OVERTIME WITH KEN CAMPBELL – Stan Bowman’s magic keeps Hawks ticking

Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, buy it from the THN store or digitally on your IPad or through PressReader, Kobo, Google PlayZinio or Nook. You can also subscribe at thehockeynews.com.

Max Domi hoping to be part of turnaround for Arizona Coyotes

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By Carter Brooks

When you hear the name Domi, what comes to mind? Is it the record 333 career NHL fighting majors? Maybe it’s an unforgettable altercation with a fan in the penalty box. Whatever it is, it’s most likely not the words “goal scorer,” “captain material” or “first-line left winger.”

Newsflash: we aren’t living in 1997 anymore. The Domi of the 1990s and early 2000s is long retired. Tie’s name and legacy, however, live on in his 1995-born son, Max, who was drafted 12th overall by the then-Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. Max is built just like his father. He is short and stocky with a pugnacious attitude. But, unlike Tie, Max can score goals. Lots of them.

Max thoroughly enjoyed his four seasons spent with the OHL’s London Knights. He racked up three consecutive 30-plus-goal seasons, highlighted by a 102-point campaign in 2014-15. He acknowledges the time spent in London has really developed his game and has paved the right path for the next stop in his career. Read more

This Week in The Hockey News magazine: September 14, 2015

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6903-400pxIt’s THN’s Future Of Hockey Issue, where we look at where our game will be in five, 15 and 25 years. Where are we headed with training, gear and how we play and watch the sport? Included in the issue:

Jason Kay explains why change is inevitable, and if we listened to the purists we’d be playing seven a side with no forward passing.

The Islanders new future is in Brooklyn. We all know that, but we didn’t know about their unique business deal with Barclays…until now.

We explain “The Nash Trick” – the one feat in NHL history that only Rick Nash has accomplished.

Is DNA testing the next frontier in training?

How will players be equipped in the future? We’ve got you covered from helmet to skate blade.

The face of hockey is changing as new hotbeds emerge from the U.S. Sunbelt all the way to China.

HDTV? That’s so 2008. Look out for 4K resolution on your TV – and a host of other features to keep you glued to the “tube.”

Players are bigger and faster than ever, but will the trend continue?

Advanced stats have taken the hockey world by storm, but is there one single metric that can tell us a player’s worth?

Climate change is endangering the outdoor game. But a movement is afoot to change that trend.

We answer the 10 most burning questions for the future, including fighting, the CBA, Olympic participation and more.

Everyone remembers Fox’s “glow puck.” Thankfully we’ll never see that again, but new tracking technology will change the way the game is coached and officiated.

The fan experience will look vastly different in the near future. The walls are breaking down – and the bathroom lines are getting shorter.

How long until we see a true virtual reality hockey video game experience? And will the gamers someday be as popular as the real players?

In NHL Team Reports: We look at the outlook for the Stars, Red Wings, Ducks, Avalanche, Oilers, Rangers, Flyers and Leafs, plus “One To Watch” for all 30 NHL clubs.

In Prospect Report: Can we keep up with the “jersey-flapping” speed of Jets prospect Kyle Connor? And Ryan Kennedy wonders if the CHL’s Euro-goalie ban is doing more harm than good.

In Strange But True, Stan Fischler tells the almost unbelievable tale of how Frank Mahovlich was almost traded for today’s equivalent of $95 million.

And Ken Campbell weighs in on the World Cup. Can it ever replace the Olympics?

Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, buy it from the THN store or digitally on your IPad or through PressReader, Kobo, Google PlayZinio or Nook. You can also subscribe at thehockeynews.com.

This Week in The Hockey News magazine: Ultimate Fantasy Pool Guide 2015-16

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PBK15 Ovechkin_EN-400Get the edge in your pool with THN’s Ultimate Fantasy Pool Guide. We’ve got point projections and insights for more than 600 players, full-page previews of every NHL with depth charts, top 10 prospects and points-o-meter, plus specialized stats breakdowns by category to keep you ahead of your competition.

In the issue you’ll also find:

– what’s happened in the 20-years since our first pool guide?

– how to deal with the growing pack of middle-tier goalies

– which fab freshmen should you look at, other than Connor McDavid, of course

– the undrafted prospect to grab NOW in your keeper league

– this year’s “buyer beware” and “buyer believe” players

– the 10 pending UFAs primed to have a big season in their contract year

– why possession numbers are key in picking defensemen, and which ones you should look to

– our “Ask The Expert” feature, where we ask, Jamie McLennan, Matthew Barnaby, P.J. Stock, Louis Jean, Eric Fichaud & Cassie Campbell what they think of the upcoming season

– top to bottom statistics from the 2013-14 season

– are advanced stats ruining hockey pools?

– and much, much more.

Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, buy it from the THN store or digitally through Zinio. The issue is also available in French.

Patrick Kane hires lawyer as police investigation continues

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Chicago Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane has hired an attorney as more details continue to emerge in the police investigation involving an alleged incident involving Kane and a woman in Hamburg, N.Y.

Kane has hired attorney Paul Cambria, who also represented Kane in 2009 when Kane pleaded guilty to a noncriminal charge of disorderly conduct after he was accused of assaulting a Buffalo cab driver. Cambria is known for representing high-profile celebrities, from DMX to Marilyn Manson to Larry Flynt.

The alleged incident happened early Sunday Morning, August 2. Sources with knowledge of the investigation told the Buffalo News about the alleged victim’s account. According to the report, she says Kane invited her and a friend to his home after they spent time in downtown Buffalo at SkyBar. The accuser claims that, once they arrived at Kane’s home, Kane followed her into a room, overpowered her and raped her. She reportedly called a relative immediately afterward and went to a hospital, where a rape kit was conducted. The sources told The Buffalo News the victim had bite marks on her shoulders and a scratch on her leg. A person who knows the woman described her as frantic and traumatized after the victim called her relative, the Buffalo News said. The police searched Kane’s home after the accusation was filed, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The alleged victim has also hired an attorney.

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The five best goaltending prospects in the world

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Championships can be won and lost between the pipes, and every season it seems a new goaltender emerges to take a top job or push a longtime starter for the No. 1 role.

It has been more than a decade since the Pittsburgh Penguins made Marc-Andre Fleury the first overall pick, but that doesn’t mean late-round selections and goaltenders taken outside of the draft’s opening round haven’t developed into blue chip prospects and the goaltending futures for their respective clubs. In Vancouver, there might be a 1A and 1B developing before either actually ends up as an NHL starter.

There are several goaltenders who could be taking the reins for their clubs in the next several seasons. Here are the five best goaltending prospects in the world, as ranked by our 2015 Future Watch edition: Read more

After cancer scare, Penguins Olli Maatta ready for the big time

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By Shelly Anderson

In his first season as Pittsburgh GM, Jim Rutherford got only a small sampling of Olli Maatta’s work, just 20 games. Still, what Rutherford saw on and off the ice left him with no qualms about elevating the young Finn to the rarefied status of being one of the Penguins’ core players entering 2015-16, Maatta’s third season.

Up front, Pittsburgh has Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. In goal, Marc-Andre Fleury. On defense, Kris Letang – and now Maatta.

“We’re going to rely on him heavily and more like a veteran player,” Rutherford said. “We are going to transition our defense into younger guys, but we’ll lean on him a lot.” Read more