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The six best teams in the NHL: Who will win each division?

A lot of teams have made changes this past off-season, which is going to make for an interesting season in every division this year. For the first time in a long time, the Central division is competitive from top to bottom. The Northeast, Atlantic and Northwest divisions will be intense, as always. Even the Southeast is tough to predict, with both Washington and Carolina having legitimate shots at winning the division, and Atlanta, Florida and Tampa all improving to the point where, while they may not make the playoffs, at least 2 of them might be able to come close. The only real ''gimme'' division seems to be the Pacific division, and even then, it could go to either Anaheim or San Jose. ...

Pre-season is serious business

I've been watching some preseason games... well those that were on TV anyway. Is it just me or does no one seem to care about preseason anymore? From what I could remember it used to be a bigger deal for younger players. The young Habs sure don't seem to care much. I haven't seen much fire from anyone yet, except perhaps from David Desharnais (who's amazing, too bad he's 4'5). Jaroslav Halak has been the most solid bleu-blanc-rouge 'tender. Anyone surprised? Didn't think so. When will he get a chance to shine? Poor guy has been labeled a #2 since... well since forever. Habs' management seem to be testing Sanford in pre-season games so far... If he looks the part, will they package ...

Preseason news/notes: Souray breaks (2!) panels of glass, Phaneuf breaks Okposo's face, Laraque breaks himself (again)!

Didn't watch the Habs/Panthers game last night (seeing as I couldn't... you'd think RDS would get the idea considering they sold out a pre-season game against the Panthers, but anyway...) but I caught the highlights and the boys looked good. O'Byrne was feisty and ready to go, Gomez and Cammalari scored and made a statement (and a case towards why either should be captain), Latendresse was hitting everything, and D'Agostini showed why he belongs next to Lapierre and Latendresse. Really enjoyed his goal. Lots of people seemed to shine last night, but unfortunately, it looks like they kind of shut down after 2 periods. I hope that doesn't become a problem this season, as we've had issu...

The lost art of Offer Sheets

The Brian Burke - Kevin Low feud of the past few years has been well-documented. A lot of people would say, too well documented. But for those who don't remember the story, let's rehash, shall we? Lowe can't sign players to play Edmonton (I wonder why...). Lowe sees Dustin Penner. He thinks Penner will be a good fit on his team, so he extends him an offer sheet. Everything he does is well within his rights and the laws of the NHL CBA. He does the same with Thomas Vanek, offering both over-inflated contracts that they may not deserve, except in Vanek's case, it doesn't work, Buffalo matches. But Penner ended up moving to the Oilers and receiving a 5 year, $21 million contract for h...