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February 18, 2013

February 18, 2013

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

FEATURES

EXECUTIVE SWEET

THERE USED TO BE A TIME WHEN NHL GMs were reluctant to bring former high-profile players aboard their staff. “They were worried those players might come in and steal their jobs,” says Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford. Not today, though. An increasing number of NHL teams are turning to recently retired greats to join in the decision-making process. Superstar Steve Yzerman put in a few undergrad years at the University of Ken Holland and now runs the Tampa Bay Lightning. Joe Nieuwendyk, a three-time Stanley Cup winner, served as a consultant to GM Jacques Martin in Florida and later as special assistant to former GM-president Brian Burke in Toronto and is now trying to revive the Dallas Stars as their GM. It’s happening all over the NHL. Teams are aligning themselves with…

DEPARTMENTS

FIGHT OR FLIGHT FOR TIMONEN

IT’S NOT REALLY HIS SURGICALLY REPaired back that makes Kimmo Timonen wonder about his future. Nor will his 37-year-old knees steer the decision to keep playing. It’s not even the prospect of not having a contract this July for the first time. No, if the Finnish defenseman stays and plays another year or two for the Philadelphia Flyers, he said, it will all come down to his family. “We’ve been talking about that,” he said. “My son (Samuel) is 13 and plays on the Comcast 99s. He likes it here and he loves his teammates. “But, at the same time, we have to think about the future and school in Finland. In a year or two, we have to make a decision, whether we’re going to stay here or move back because…

FEATURES

THE DEVILS’ ADVOCATE

NEWARK – For a guy who hasn’t had to deal with a lot of setbacks in his life, Martin Brodeur handled the disappointment of losing the Stanley Cup remarkably well last spring. It’s all about perspective. After all, it might have been the last time he ever gets that close. But with Brodeur you just never know. Rather than spend his time fretting over what might have been, Brodeur chose to celebrate what was, at both ends of the family spectrum. He watched his son get his driver’s license and welcomed his father, Denis, who made his first trip to New Jersey last June after having a baseball-sized tumor removed from his brain in February. And you’d like to say he turned back the hands of time. That’s only because he turned…

IN THIS ISSUE

BEST OF WORST

The Kontinental League is introducing a new piece of hockey hardware this season for the league’s lovable losers. The Cup of Hope will give the league’s bottom feeders something to play for while the KHL’s best teams vie for the Gagarin Cup in the playoffs. Fans can watch their beloved under-achieving franchises compete in a 10-team tournament in which non-playoff clubs battle it out for higher draft positions and cash prizes.…