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Fight or Farce?

Fight or Farce? Ray Emery continues his attack on a defenseless Braden Holtby. It should come as no surprise that Brian Burke would come to the defense of fighting in hockey, as he did in a column for USA Today last week. After all, this is a man who kept his rosters well stocked with 'truculence, pugnacity and belligerence' during his tenure as a GM in various cities. This is a man who called a press conference to lament having to send enforcer Colton Orr to the minors in January 20

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2013-14 Season Preview - Central Division

2013-14 Season Preview - Central Division David Backes is the total package, and so are the St. Louis Blues. This may be the year they join the NHLs upper echelon. We've looked at the Eastern Conference and now our season preview moves West and we look at the Central Division, where the Hawks have dominated in recent years. Will it continue this season? St. Louis Blues The Blues have a roster that's as deep as anyone else in the league and they are definitely trending in the rig

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2013-14 Season Preview - Metropolitan Division

2013-14 Season Preview - Metropolitan Division Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. I'm not exactly going out on a limb with this prediction, am I? I don't know about you, but I still can't believe how ridiculous this division name is... seriously NHL... really? Anyways... last week we previewed the Atlantic Division, where I picked the Detroit Red Wings to continue their dominance over the Eastern Conference and win the division. This week we will take a look at how I s

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2013-14 Season Preview - Atlantic Division

2013-14 Season Preview - Atlantic Division The Wings have dominated the East in recent years, which bodes well for them as they move to the Atlantic Division. The 2013-14 season is just around the corner, training camps are underway and roster speculation is the order of the day. But just how will this season really play out? Over the next few weeks we will look at each division and break things down. So who's ready to take that next step? And who will come crashing back down to Ea

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The Watch List - Western Conference

The Watch List The Canucks are a much stronger team when Ryan Kesler is healthy. Has he finally shaken the injury bug? Last week we had a look at the Eastern Conference's watch list, and now it's the West's turn. Which players have the potential to really turn heads this year? Keep your eyes on these 14 players. Anaheim - Jakob Silfverberg - The 22 year old was one of the pieces the Ducks picked up in return for Bobby Ryan, so it's safe to say there's going to be some extra eyes

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The Watch List - Eastern Conference

The Watch List Sergei Bobrovsky was sensational for the Jackets last year and nearly led them to the playoffs. Can he do it again? School kids may disagree with me but this summer feels like it's way too long. Mercifully, NHL training camps will open soon and we can finally get back to some hockey. The prospect of a new NHL season, one that will start on time no less, is always exciting. With re-alignment shuffling some teams around, new divisions and the Red Wings and Blue Jackets mov

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Just What The Doctor Ordered?

Just What the Doctor Ordered? - Canucks coach John Tortorella meets the media and he's been all smiles so far. But can he get them to the next level? It was pretty much inevitable that change was coming, that a new voice was needed. Two straight first round exits in fairly unceremonious fashion will do that to a club who's expectation each year is to contend for the Stanley Cup. And so on May 22nd, the Canucks dismissed Alain Vigneault as head coach, along with much of his coaching

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Remembering the Rocket

Ask most Canuck fans and they'll probably tell you they remember the night of November 5, 1991 vividly. The night a small kid from Russia would make his much anticipated NHL debut. Unfortunately, I am not among those who recall the night Pavel first took to the ice in Canucks colors. While I don't ever remember a time in my life where I didn't love hockey, I was 8 at the time and for me, it was more about the players I liked rather than allegiance to a favorite team. Pavel Bure changed that. He

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