Tampa Bay Lightning Season Preview

Here’s what to expect from the Bolts this season…

Timonen named Preds' new captain

The Nashville Predators named defenseman Kimmo Timonen as their third captain.

LaCouture Signs with Devils

East Rutherford, NJ (Oct. 4. 2006) – The New Jersey Devils signed left wing Dan LaCouture. LaCouture, 29, had been invited to training camp on a tryout basis, after splitting the 2005-06 season between Davos (Swi.) and Boston.

Also today, the team assigned goaltender Frank Doyle and defenseman Tomas Harant to Lowell (AHL). New Jersey’s roster is now at 21.

Sleeping Online

First off, I want to wish everyone good luck in their fantasy pools this season. On the night when the NHL begins another season, I thought I would give a few more sleepers to my loyal readers, but this time focus on guys who have added value because of the lines they are expected to play on. One only needs to think of Jonathan Cheechoo to realize almost any player can be extremely helpful to your fantasy team if he plays with the right linemates. I’m not saying Cheechoo is not a skilled player, but lines do matter a great deal in fantasy hockey and real hockey alike.

WowBaseball is on it's way back to the top!

First off,

I’m excited for all you great Hockey fans and HTR members as Hockey Season is back. I just wanted to let you know that WowBaseball is getting more active everyday with people showing support and trying to help out.. Although the activity could be better, I wanted to let the Wow Community know that WowBaseball is still alive and on it’s way to being where it once was.

LET'S GET STARTED!

In just under 4 hours, the 2006-07 NHL season will get underway. We have waited since June 19th to see NHL hockey without going back to the trusty DVDs we all have.

The offseason was different for every team. Some teams improved dramatically, other’s didn’t do enough in the eyes of their fans. For me, the Devils and Lamoriello did just fine.

There are hundreds of questions surrounding the start of the season. Here are some:

Leafs: Ignoring the rebuilding essentials.

There are a couple “truths” about rebuilding that can’t be ignored, that Leafs HAVE ignored. Consider the following are pretty basic steps to building a winning franchise.

1) Build from within, drafting well and developing players in your own system.

Their drafting has been suspect at best. Poor drafting position doesn’t help, but what has helped even less is poor selection (Luca Cereda, Nik Antropov etc. etc.) and trading away draft picks. Detroit somehow managed to draft better and were in worse drafting positions than the Leafs. While they have a lot of “decent” young players, who will have reasonably succesful careers (hopefully), they only one serious building block (Kaberle) and ZERO potential for a “franchise” type player. They have ignored this step or executed it very badly.

Picks and Predictions 2006/07 Season

OK, I realized Im ripping this off from Adam Muir on si.com (sort of), but I figured I’d throw this out there to test the waters, and gather some opinions.

Fill in the blanks to the following questions, justify your responses as you see fit….

How I could have built the Leafs better

I submitted an article about the mistakes I think the Leafs have made in building their team. After that, I wanted to take a look at what they had, and what they needed and how I could have done it better.

Canucks claim Sabourin off waivers.

Today the Vancouver Canucks claimed goaltender Danny Sabourin off waivers. He will most likely start the year in Manitoba but if Flaherty faulters at all he will most definately see a call up.

Northwest Division Goalie Preview

Calgary- Mikka Kiprusoff, enough said. Mikka is comming off an excelent season, putting up 10 shotouts and wining the Vezina. The questionmark here is the backup. Krahn isnt quite ready for the big time and McLennan put up decent numbers with Florida last year. But if Kipper goes down with an injury, the Flames will struggle. Mikka is a workhorse and carries the team, and without him they barely even compete.

Northeast Division Goalie Preview

Boston- Thus far it is unclear who will get the starting job for the Bruins. Toivonen is a solid young goalie, but struggled with injuries last year, playing only 20 games and posting a .914 sv%. Thomas played well last year after taking over for Raycroft and finished with a .917 sv%. However, he did playa very acrobatic game and was often out of position. While the Bruins do believe that he can play well again, they also thought that of Raycroft and he played terrible last year. it is yet to be seen how Thomas will follow up this past year. No mater who starts, they will still face quite a few shots, even with Chara

OTTAWA SENATORS SEASON PREVIEW

After defeat in Game 5 to Buffalo, Wade Redden said the Senators had to change their ways, change the team and recognize the red-flags that go unnoticed during the season. With that in mind, the Senators greatest asset going into this season is something that has been the achilles heal since the franchise began, the Collective groups playoff experience.