Heika: I think that starting with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi is a smart option. The duo did work out OK last year and should be better to start this season. If they start well, it would make trading either a bit easier. The other wildcard is the fact each team will only be able to protect one goalie in next summer's expansion draft. That could cause teams to consider trades they normally wouldn't, especially after January. I think the Stars have a new goalie in net when the playoffs begin. Question: All the talk this offseason has been about the Stars' goaltending situation, what other areas of the team can be better this year? Heika: I think defending their own zone, and I think the additions
We've only got a couple weeks until pretend hockey (WCoH) and then a couple weeks after that until pretend-real hockey (NHL preseason). Soon enough, the real thing will be here and we won't know what to do with ourselves. Until then, the season previews will continue to roll out over the next few weeks. Be on the look out for in-depth analysis, bold predictions, player profiles, league previews, and a lot more. For now, here are some links to chew on. Around Hockey Top 50 player countdown resumes on NHL Network | NHL.com Crawford, Perry, Suter... this segment of the top 50 features plenty of Preds fan favorites. Under Pressure: Patrick Marleau – ProHockeyTalk Marleau's production "took a dip"
The 2016 New York Rangers Traverse City Prospect Tournament roster has been announced and, as expected, it includes both Pavel Buchnevich and Jimmy Vesey. A list of the Rangers prospects with listed positions, height, weight, and most recent team played for can be found here. You can also submit line combinations and defensive pairings by following that link. Isn’t that a hoot? The Rangers schedule for the Travis City Tournament is as follows: So, how does the Traverse City Tournament work? The tournament will be divided into two four-team divisions, and teams will play each team in their division in a round-robin format before a crossover on the final day of the tournament. The first-place finishers