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October 2, 2007

October 2, 2007

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

Who may be playing their final NHL campaign this year?

10 Scott Niedermayer If he plays again, will it be for the last time? 09 Rob Blake Thirty-four points last year a 10-year low for aging blueliner. 08 Gary Roberts Power forward, 41, hoping Penguins’ time is now. 07 Dominik Hasek Groin held up last year, but how long can ‘Dominator’ continue? 06 Trevor Linden Mr. Canuck’s inspired playoff earned him a new contract. 05 Peter Forsberg Injury-plagued star still attracting plenty of suitors. 04 Mats Sundin One year left on his deal; Leafs might need new franchise face. 03 Teppo Numminen Gritty Finn slated to have his third heart surgery. 02 Chris Chelios Could quit soon, could play five more years. Truly amazing athlete. 01 Jeremy Roenick Must have felt like he won the lottery when Sharks called.…

FEATURES

2007-08 Pre-Season Statistics

FEATURES

Never count Islanders out

Quick, which alleged laughingstock franchise is one of only 10 teams to have reached the playoffs in at least four of the past five NHL seasons? That’s right, for all the jokes about goalie GMs and since-departed lightning rods Mike Milbury and Alexei Yashin, the Islanders have been invited to dance in every recent post-season except 2006. Yet, once again, the Isles already have been largely counted out for 2007-08, dismissed out of hand once a mass free agent exodus struck on July 1 – with offensive leaders Jason Blake, Ryan Smyth, Viktor Kozlov and Tom Poti all signing elsewhere. But don’t count them out and especially don’t count out Ted Nolan, who has a habit of squeezing chicken salad out of chicken you-know-what throughout his long-interrupted coaching career. Still, he might have…

FEATURES

Ten games to watch

Saturday, Oct. 20 Pittsburgh at Washington First game of the year between rival stars Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin Tuesday, Oct. 23 Colorado at Edmonton Ryan Smyth makes his first return to Edmonton after being dealt at the trade deadline last year Saturday, Oct. 27 Ottawa at New Jersey After nine games on the road to begin the season, the Devils open the new Prudential Center in downtown Newark Wednesday, Nov. 14 Rangers at New Jersey Scott Gomez makes his first return to New Jersey after signing with the Rangers during the summer Tuesday, Dec. 18 New Jersey at Vancouver The first meeting of the season between two of the league’s top goaltenders, Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo Friday, Dec. 21 Philadelphia at Buffalo Daniel Briere makes his first return to Buffalo after signing with Philadelphia during the summer Tuesday, Jan. 1 Pittsburgh at Buffalo The Penguins and Sabres meet…