by Lyle Richardson - October 29, 2012 12:41 PM EDT
The Devils face an uphill battle as they try to duplicate last season's surprising success.
The euphoria of New Jersey Devils fans over their club’s surprising run to the 2012 Stanley Cup final this spring quickly gave way in July to the disappointing realities of free agency.
by Lyle Richardson - October 26, 2012 1:13 PM EDT
Looking at the state of the Predators and what position they'll be in when the NHL lockout ends.
The Nashville Predators go into this season having lost one of their best defensemen in the off-season. Despite GM David Poile’s best efforts to re-sign Ryan Suter, the blueliner surprised the club and its fans by inking a 13-year, $98-million contract with the Minnesota Wild.
by Lyle Richardson - October 24, 2012 1:04 PM EDT
Montreal hit the reset button this off-season. Will all the changes pay immediate dividends?
The Montreal Canadiens enter this season hoping to put a disastrous 2011-12 campaign – in which they finished dead last in the Eastern Conference – behind them.
by Lyle Richardson - October 22, 2012 2:07 PM EDT
Despite the lockout, rumors placing the Canucks goalie in Toronto flourished last week.
Not even an NHL lockout can fully kill the Roberto Luongo trade rumors. Having been linked throughout the summer to the Florida Panthers, speculation has recently sprung up suggesting Luongo will be headed to the Toronto Maple Leafs instead, perhaps soon after the NHL lockout is over.
by Lyle Richardson - October 19, 2012 1:21 PM EDT
The Wild made two major splashes in the free agent market over the summer, but what impact will it have long-term?
The Minnesota Wild dominated NHL headlines in early July by signing left winger Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, the top two players in this summer's unrestricted free agent market.
by Lyle Richardson - October 17, 2012 1:11 PM EDT
The defending champions return intact and looking for a repeat.
The Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings avoided the difficulties of keeping their roster intact, a problem that has plagued previous champions.
by Lyle Richardson - October 15, 2012 1:25 PM EDT
After a summer of acquisitions, Florida made its first post-season in more than a decade, but can it improve?
The Florida Panthers made the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring for the first time in more than a decade and, entering this season, management hopes the lockout won’t affect their chances of building upon that success.
by Lyle Richardson - October 12, 2012 1:45 PM EDT
Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky were most mentioned in trade talk last season, so what's on the table this year?
Six years since their last post-season appearance, the Edmonton Oilers remain a club very much in rebuild mode. Finishing dead last in the NHL standings in 2010 and 2011 helped them land the No.
by Lyle Richardson - October 10, 2012 1:14 PM EDT
How will the Red Wings cope with the losses of Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart from their blueline?
For the first time in 20 years, the Detroit Red Wings enter a season with genuine concern over their post-season hopes. The retirement of long-time defense stalwart Nicklas Lidstrom, the departure of reliable blueliner Brad Stuart and the inability of GM Ken Holland to land suitable replacements were significant blows.
by Lyle Richardson - October 5, 2012 12:55 PM EDT
Dallas is trying to return to the playoffs for the first time in four years, but what happens if they fail?
The past four seasons have not been kind to the once-powerful Dallas Stars. Ownership troubles resulted in reduced payrolls, forcing Joe Nieuwendyk (who took over the GM duties in June 2009) to rebuild the Stars with youth and affordable veterans.
by Lyle Richardson - October 3, 2012 1:20 PM EDT
Ohio's NHL team started last season with such promise, but finished in a wreck.
The summer of 2012 will be remembered as perhaps the most significant in Columbus Blue Jackets history, though time will tell what effect it will have on the floundering organization.
by Lyle Richardson - October 1, 2012 4:30 PM EDT
Looking at the young Avalanche, who has flirted with the post-season the past two years, but failed down the stretch.
Colorado Avalanche fans have waited a long time for their club to return to its status of perennial post-season contender. Missing the playoffs in four of the past six seasons has taken a toll on the Avalanche's attendance.
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