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The Hockey News December 5, 2016

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. THN is published 18 times a year, including 14 regular issues and four special issues – such as Future Watch, Draft Preview, Yearbook, the #1 selling hockey annual in North America.

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dollar savers

IT SEEMS LIKE just yesterday, or perhaps 14 yesterdays ago, that we ranked the NHL crease tandems from 1 to 30. Alas, it was indeed a fortnight ago, in our Goalie Issue, that Matt Larkin bravely wove the tapestry with a little help from his friends. In the same edition, we also provided the combined cap hit of each team’s netminding duo. Then one of our staff members (let’s call him ‘JK’) hit upon a tremendous idea: what if we combined the two lists a la peanut butter cups to come up with a delicious blocks-for-bucks super index? An idea crazy enough to work? We decided to put it to the test for this edition, the Money and Power Issue. It dovetails nicely with our theme and our NHL bang-for-bucks notes,…

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your say

There’s no stink on P.U. When I first noticed Prospects Unlimited in my mailbox, I felt like a kid opening my favorite toy. This issue is truly worthy of MVP (Most Valuable Publication). It’s comprehensive with 50-plus “In The System” players for each team, and the colors to designate prospects is very useful. I also enjoyed your daring Top 100 21-and-under list. GIAN CARLO BASTONE, MONTREAL I just want to thank you for Prospects Unlimited issue. It’s a dream come true for a fan like me who enjoys following the evolution of young players. Such a good deep and overall view of all the prospects, including players eligible for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 drafts. This issue will be near my TV all season long. ALEXANDRE FRANCISCO, MONTREAL The First Word column in Prospects Unlimited…

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year of the bonus

IF YOU’RE WONDERING just where NHL players and their agents suspect the labor landscape is headed, just look at some of the recent contract signings. And the two cornerstones of the Calgary Flames are as good a reference point as you’re going to find. This past off-season, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau signed long-term deals that will keep both of them in Calgary until they’re just shy of their 29th birthdays. In Gaudreau’s six-year deal, only two of the years have signing bonus money. One of those was the first year of the deal and the other is 2020-21, when he’ll receive $3.5 million. Monahan’s seven-year deal has only one season in which he’ll receive a signing bonus, also in 2020-21, when he’ll get the same $3.5 million stipend as Gaudreau. There…

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the instigator

IN THE CARDS Two decades before he would grow one of the best beards in the NHL, Joe Thornton was a teenage prospect playing major junior with the Soo Greyhounds. His first card, from the 1995-96 Slapshot OHL set, shows the fresh-faced Thornton 30 pounds lighter and with barely a whisker, though he does have a five o’clock shadow that probably took a week to grow. The card also states that he “uses his size and head along with his great shot and playmaking abilities.” Thornton’s grooming has changed since then, but not his game. – SAL BARRY OF PUCKJUNK.COM KINGS OF COINS Forget cap hits. These 20 are really bringing home the bacon this season Figures from…

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downer deals

DUSTIN BROWN (Six years left, $5.88-million cap hit) Brown parlayed the Kings’ 2014 Cup win into an eight-year, $47-million pact. His play has already dipped enough to cost him the captaincy. JORDAN STAAL (Seven years left, $6-million cap hit) The Canes thought they were getting a high-end No. 2 center when they acquired and inked Staal for a decade. Turns out he was better off as a No. 3 guy in Pittsburgh. KARI LEHTONEN & ANTTI NIEMI (Two years left, combined $10.4-million cap hit) The Stars are hamstrung with expensive and subpar netminding. Acquiring an upgrade requires moving a big contract. At least Lehtonen and Niemi’s deals expire after 2017-18. BOBBY RYAN (Six years left, $7.25-million cap hit) Everybody likes Ryan, and he’s good for a few highlight-reel plays every year, but he hasn’t topped 23 goals or 56 points as…

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don’t suffer a power outage

PLAYERS MAKE THEIR biggest strides in the off-season. A summer of work can make a player bigger, stronger or faster. Maybe all three. But while power is great, maintenance is key, and according to SPT Performance’s Spero Mantzavrakos, it’s upkeep that can make the difference when it comes to sustaining health and top-level play over the course of a season. “When you train in the off-season, you make incredible gains,” he said. “But as the season starts, if you don’t take care of that aspect from the very beginning, you could lose all of (the gains) very quickly.” And while one might think consistent on-ice activity is enough to keep the body strong over the course of a campaign, Mantzavrakos, who has worked with the likes of Joe Thornton, Jeff Carter and…