The NHL season, at least, if there is one, is right around the corner. Much like the NBA a season ago, there could be quite a few surprises if teams are denied a preseason or even if a shortened season is used. With a lot of teams staying competitive throughout the season in 2011-2012, it looks as though there are even more talented teams looking to make a splash in 2012-2013. Here are three teams many are sleeping on, but they could make some serious noise.
Detroit Red Wings
It almost seems silly to include a team like the Detroit Red Wings as underrated going into a NHL season, but expectations are relatively low right now. Losing Nicklas Lidstrom, Jiri Hudle...
It was on Twitter where former Islanders fan favorite Dave Scatchard retired from the game of hockey after talking to doctors that determined it wouldn’t be safe for him to continue playing hockey because of concussions. Today, Scatchard tweets about his wife, three children, and still keeps in contact with former teammates and brothers from the NHL. According to his bio, he is an entrepreneur. (Photo Credit: DaveScatchard/Twitter)
Islanders fans should remember Scatchard for his hard-nosed play on the ice as he never thought twice about throwing the body or dropping the mitts. Scatchard did whatever it took for the team to win, while skating around in his always-recognizable number 38 jersey.
The buzzards of Quebec, Hamilton, and Toronto circle overhead as the Coyotes cling to life in the Phoenix desert.
As their position in the NHL becomes more precarious each day, the topic of relocation continues to heat up.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has repeatedly said that he wants to keep the Coyotes in their suburban Glendale home. That might prove to be too difficult considering the most recent attempt to buy the club, and most promising, has come up some $20 milllion short.
In the near future Bettman will have to seriously consider owners who will relocate the club possibly to the aforementioned Canadian cities.
The first player that will be looked at in the new revamped ‘Where Are They Now’ is Brad Isbister. For those who don’t remember Isbister was apart of the Islanders team that finished 5th in the Eastern Conference and lost in seven games to the Maple Leafs in 2001-2002 season.
Isbister was drafted in the 3rd (67th overall) 1995 NHL draft by the Winnipeg Jets; this was the same draft the Islanders selected Wade Redden then moved him in a package to the Ottawa Senators for the 1st overall pick in 1995 Bryan Berard.
With Zach Parise locked up in Minnesota for the next 10 years, the list of remaining free agent power forwards has trickled down to only a handful, and the Red Wings are looking for someone to fill in a gap without having to sacrifice their own players in a trade for a forward still locked in a contract.
The Dallas Stars lost a pretty critical piece in Mike Ribeiro last week, but they found another magical playmaker in the process to replace him. According to TSN's Aaron Ward, the Stars signed 40-year-old Ray Whitney to a two year deal worth $9 million total.
Whitney played with the Phoenix Coyotes last season, playing a significant role on their run to the Conference Final by scoring 77 points during the regular season and seven points in the playoffs.
Whitney, a left winger drafted in 1991, has been a consistent point producer and a bit of a floater in his NHL career. This will be his eighth stop in the NHL, formerly playing in San Jose, Florida, Columbus, Edmonton, Detr...
At around 8 p.m. Pacific standard time on June 11th, Simon Gagne had finally earned the right to hoist the Stanley Cup over his head.
Despite a series of unfortunate events that had spanned several seasons and a near tumble when he tried to pick up the Cup for the first time, Gagne had finally reached the peak of the hockey summit where he rightfully belonged.
2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Western Conference FinalPhoenix Coyotes ( 3 ) vs. Los Angeles Kings ( 8 ) The Los Angeles Kings are eliminating teams in numerical order in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs. First, it was the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks. Then the little team that could in the St. Louis Blues, the second-best team in the West. Now, LA looks to the final division winner, the Phoenix Coyotes, on their potential route to an unlikely appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. If they make it, it'll be their first such appearance since 1993 when they lost to the Montreal Canadiens, and they've alread...
2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Western Conference SemifinalsPhoenix Coyotes ( 3 ) vs. Nashville Predators ( 4 ) If the first round opponents of these two teams would be facing each other instead of the Preds and Coyotes, we'd be talking about two of the biggest rivals in NHL history, and two recent Stanley Cup winners. But we're not talking about them. We're talking about two underdog teams that got to the second round by beating perennial favorites, with great goaltending, great coaching, and a lot of hard work. It's surprising that the Phoenix Coyotes are even still in the league, yet alone in the second round of these playoffs, after taking out the Chi...