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Yearbook 2012-13

Yearbook 2012-13

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STATUS WHOA?

2ND Where They’ll Finish Stanley Cup Odds 11-1 The first-round playoff loss to the Washington Capitals wasn’t forecast, but it wasn’t overly surprising the Boston Bruins failed to defend their 2011 Stanley Cup. After all, no team has repeated as champs since Detroit in 1998. The biggest development of Boston’s off-season? Now, that was a shock. The decision by goalie Tim Thomas, the 2009 and 2011 Vezina Trophy winner and 2011 Conn Smythe recipient, to skip 2012-13 and focus on “friends, family and faith” didn’t quite leave the Bruins high and dry, but it limited their off-season options and could continue to do so in-season. Despite suspending Thomas, his $5-million salary cap hit stays on the books unless Boston finds a taker. Otherwise, the 2012-13 Bruins – by design – will look much like the 2011…

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RETURN FLIGHT

11TH Where They’ll Finish Stanley Cup Odds 34-1 There was no 50-goal Hart Trophy performance to cover up the significant roster holes this time and the usual manic second-half push fizzled out when the calendar turned to March. If anything, the Anaheim Ducks’ worst season since the lockout is forcing the franchise to address some critical issues after their 13th-place finish in the Western Conference was the price paid for an awful first half. “It’s time for some changes with some things,” Ducks GM Bob Murray said at the draft in June. “That is not a shot at any players in particular. We’re going to bring some different people in.” OFFENSE Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan combined for 103 goals and 245 points in 2010-11, carrying the Ducks to the playoffs. Those numbers…

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CALDER WATCH

ALBERTA NAIL YAKUPOV The top pick in 2012 will join an already high-flying youth corps up front in Edmonton, meaning his exuberant brand of scoring prowess will be kept away from the enemy’s top checkers. We can’t wait to see his many goal celebrations in The City of Champions. SVEN BAERTSCHI Can’t-miss Swiss prospect dazzled in a short tryout with the Flames last season and will be counted on to bring more offense to Cowtown full time now that he’s a pro. MIKAEL GRANLUND One of the world’s highest-rated prospects (No. 2 in THN’s Future Watch behind Evgeny Kuznetsov), the speedy Finn is finally arriving on these shores, where his intelligent offensive game has a lot of elite company in thanks to the Wild’s excellent summer signings. DOUGIE HAMILTON In past training camps, Hamilton was paired with all-world…

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SANDPAPER IN SAN JOSE

6TH Where They’ll Finish Stanley Cup Odds 25-1 Last season was a big step backward for the Sharks, who must re-establish what once was their automatic standing among the Western Conference elite. “The plan, the pieces that we put together, didn’t work,” said GM Doug Wilson. San Jose brought in nine new players last season in a major overhaul, but this summer, the turnover was more modest as Wilson added Brad Stuart on defense and Adam Burish as a bottom-six forward. The most significant move was hiring Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson as an associate coach. Robinson sees it as his task to help get the Sharks back on track and to that elusive next level. “It’s my job,” he said, “not only to make them good hockey players, but to make them…