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September 30, 2008

September 30, 2008

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.

THE STANDARDS

2009 UFA MARKET: LOOKING FORWARD

NEXT SUMMER’S “SILLY SEASON” is shaping up to be very similar to the one we just had. When July 1, 2009, rolls around, there’ll be many more upper-echelon forwards available compared to the number of blueliners and goalies on the market. This past summer’s most prominent unrestricted free agent, Marian Hossa, signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings in July and figures to once again be a hot commodity next summer. Depending on whether any contract extensions get handed out during the season, Hossa could be joined by an intriguing cast of UFA forwards, including super-skilled Marian Gaborik of Minnesota, Vancouver’s Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri, as well as Alex Kovalev and Saku Koivu of Montreal. Conn Smythe winner Henrik Zetterberg is eligible to become a UFA following this…

THE STANDARDS

POLL RESULTS

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THE STANDARDS

FUTURE IS NOW

STEPHEN WEISS and Nathan Horton have been perceived as the future of the Panthers’ offense since arriving as top-five picks in the 2001 and 2003 NHL drafts, respectively. After last summer’s departure of Olli Jokinen, that future has to be now. While Horton and Weiss finished second and third behind Jokinen in team scoring last season and their line, which also included David Booth, emerged as the team’s best, neither has reached expectations. Both have expressed excitement about playing in the attacking, puck-possession system new coach Peter DeBoer plans to implement. Florida ranked 20th in NHL scoring last season and Jacques Martin’s defense-first system meant that once the puck was turned over, offensive players would drop back and set up in a trap. DeBoer won’t play that way. His forwards will attack the…

SPOTLIGHT

FIRE STARTER

DION PHANEUF WAS TICKLED PINK to be included among the finalists for the Norris Trophy last season. For the third-year pro, it represented confirmation he is indeed one of the top players at his position. But with apologies to the other finalists – Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom, who won the Norris for the 74th year in a row (actually, for the sixth time in seven seasons) and Boston’s Zdeno Chara – Phaneuf has a tremendous shot to get his hands on the trophy this year. The reason? Just consider what he has accomplished in three seasons – 54 goals and 159 points in 243 games, along with numerous bone-crunching bodychecks. It’s no stretch to suggest he’s got the inside track to glory. “It was a huge honor to be nominated and to be mentioned…