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Colorado Avalanche: Preseason Proving the Avalanche Still Have Work to Do

The Colorado Avalanche are in a defining year for their organizations.

After one of the worst seasons in the history of the franchise, the Avalanche went out and made a lot of changes to bolster their goal-tending and the size and ability of their defense.

Training camp left many of us very excited at the prospect of the year as the team looked strong, healthy, fast and much more defensively sound than a year before.

Detroit Red Wings: Smith Banned 8 Games, Did They Make the Right Call?

Early on Friday afternoon, the NHL announced that they had suspended Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith for eight games after delivering an illegal hit to the head on Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Smith.

Boston Bruins: Why A Return To Providence Would Not Be Snubbing Jordan Caron

Posted 09/30/2011 - 11:55 by HockeyPolls

With only two outstanding offensive vacancies on the Boston Bruins depth chart and the newly-acquired Benoit Pouliot having plugged one of those cavities, sophomore Jordan Caron and veteran import Chris Clark are the most logical finalists.

Whatever happens between now and next week’s regular season opener ought to spawn short-term and long-term benefits for all parties concerned.

Chicago Blackhawks: How Long Can Brandon Saad Stick Around?

Posted 09/24/2011 - 12:02 by HockeyPolls

The Chicago Blackhawks trimmed their training camp roster before Friday night's game with Washington, sending 11 players to Rockford for the start of the IceHogs' camp on Sunday. That afternoon, the Blackhawks will be in Detroit with players still looking to make the team opening night.

NHL Free Agents: Should the L.A. Kings Consider Trading Drew Doughty's Rights?

The Los Angeles Kings and restricted free-agent defenseman Drew Doughty have yet to agree on a new contract, and with less than a month until NHL training camps begin, should the Kings think about trading his negotiating rights?

There's no question that Kings fans, and probably the team itself, are feeling a bit anxious as the new NHL season quickly approaches.

Boston Bruins: How Much Longer Should Zach Hamill Stay in the System?

Posted 08/19/2011 - 21:10 by HockeyPolls

As of this offseason, Zach Hamill, the Boston Bruins seventh overall pick in the 2007 NHL draft, has logged three full seasons in the AHL and four whole games in The Show.

San Jose Sharks: Which California Team Has the Best Shot This Season

With so much competition in the West, rivalries are beginning to intensify. A perfect example of this would be what is currently occurring in the Golden State. With three possible cup contenders, the division rivalry between teams in California is heating up.

Let's take a look at what each Californian team has to offer.

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NHL: Without Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes Won't Even Sniff Playoffs

The Coyotes lost their biggest player this off-season, a move that undoubtedly made them a weaker team. By trading Ilya Bryzgalov to the Flyers, the Coyotes have a big hole to fill.

NHL Free Agency: My Open Letter to Brad Richards After Signing with the Rangers

Dear Mr. Richards,

I hope this finds you well.

First of all, I want to congratulate you on your new contract for nine years and $60 million that you signed today with the Rangers. You seem like a classy guy with a family and you're a hell of a hockey player so I'm happy for you and your family.

Will Tim Thomas Be in the Hall of Fame?

Tim Thomas had an incredible season backstopping for the Boston Bruins while leading them to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1972. Although Thomas has only been in the NHL for six seasons, could it be safe to say he is working on a hall of fame career. I say, the numbers don't lie.

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