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.
by Lyle Richardson - September 28, 2012 11:54 AM EDT
Looking at the Windy City's team, which is still recovering from a salary cap meltdown after winning the Cup.
In the two years since the Chicago Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup in 49 years, they’ve failed to return to those lofty heights, bowing out in the opening round of the playoffs in consecutive seasons.
by Lyle Richardson - September 27, 2012 12:50 PM EDT
Looking at the surge in spending from the Canes and the work that still needs to be done to ensure a playoff spot.
After the Carolina Hurricanes missed the playoffs for the third straight season in 2011-12, ownership gave GM Jim Rutherford the green light this summer to invest more money in the roster.
by Lyle Richardson - September 26, 2012 1:50 PM EDT
Looking at Calgary's Big 3 and their status on the trade block.
After the Calgary Flames missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season, there was considerable anticipation GM Jay Feaster would shake up his ageing roster in the off-season.
by Lyle Richardson - September 25, 2012 1:05 PM EDT
Buffalo made bold moves in an attempt at the playoffs last season, but it failed. So what's in store this season?
This time a year ago, Buffalo Sabres fans were happily awaiting the start of 2011-12. Earlier in 2011, the club was taken over by billionaire and long-time Sabres fan Terry Pegula, who gave the green light last summer to GM Darcy Regier to sign UFA defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and left winger Ville Leino to lucrative contracts, as well as acquire blueliner Robyn Regehr from Calgary.
by Lyle Richardson - September 24, 2012 1:50 PM EDT
David Krejci's name has frequently appeared in rumors, but just how much of a makeover does this team need?
The Boston Bruins are little more than a year removed from their 2011 Stanley Cup, but their inconsistent performance throughout 2011-12 and their early exit from the 2012 playoffs fuelled rumors of off-season changes.