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The Hockey News October 2, 2017 - Season Preview 2017-18

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political headache

UNLESS YOU DON’T have the internet, watch television, listen to radio, read newspapers, talk to other human beings and understand hieroglyphics, your 2017 has been enveloped by American politics. It’s a straitjacket not even Houdini could have escaped.Hockey fans could take comfort, however, in the fact we had a safe harbor on the horizon: the start of the NHL season. Viva Las Vegas! Welcome back, Jack. Another year to honor Connor (ouch, that one even hurt me). It’s our shared diversion, a place to hide from the haters and focus solely on entertainment. Or it was until that protective layer was penetrated, if only by degrees, this summer by politicians, protestors and punks who have forced us to deal with real-world problems. Matt Larkin examines this development in more depth…

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your say

BRYAN MURRAYThank you, BryanA lot is going to be made of Bryan Murray’s immense contributions to the game of hockey. Even just in Ottawa, taking the Senators to the Stanley Cup final in 2007 and within a Game 7 overtime loss of getting them there again this summer. But perhaps his greatest contribution to society was his work to get people to get screened for colon cancer. It was one of his interviews that gave me the confidence to get a colonoscopy, something I shied away from due to my family’s background of colon cancer. In my eyes, he was a hero. It likely saved thousands of people’s lives, bringing awareness to the need for regular checkups. From the bottom of our hearts, our family would like to thank you,…

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JAKE GUENTZELNolan Patrick comes down with another bizarre illness called “Greyscale,” limiting him to under 45 NHL games as he searches for the cure.– @RealKidPokerSix Russian players, led by Alex Ovechkin, defy the NHL and leave mid-season to play in the Olympics. All six get food poisoning on the charter flight and fail to appear in any games. Russia finishes fourth.– Don DeLeskieThe Blackhawks fire Joel Quenneville and rehire Mike Keenan as coach and GM. Keenan immediately trades Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to the Rangers for Mark Messier.– Jason FinkBuffalo plays a road game in Vegas. Evander Kane is never heard from again.– @stewsquaredAs the season draws to a close, dead last Vegas Golden Knights announce that they’re relocating to Seattle. Michael Buble, having just signed up for a…

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make hockey great again

FEWER GAMESIf you’re reading this, you already know hockey is the greatest sport on the planet. What you might not know is you’re getting too much of it. The NHL doesn’t need an overhaul, but there’s one change that would guarantee increased enjoyment while doing nothing to alter the game itself: shortening the season.Revenue models notwithstanding, there’s a handful of significant benefits to cutting the schedule. First, it would jack our anticipation. The things we look forward to most are the things we enjoy best. North America’s most successful league, the NFL, is king in part because there’s so little of it. Each game is an event with a built-in build-up.Second, the increased break between games would give players more rest and recovery time. We’re told the more fatigued an…

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lasting and special impact

(PHILLIP MACCALLUM/GETTY IMAGES)BRYAN MURRAY: 1942 - 2017TEACHER AND PREACHERMurray was a savvy coach and talent evaluator who got his direct messages across without being too hard.I DIDN’T KNOW Bryan Murray really well until last year, but at the same time I’ve known him for decades. Bryan coached the WHL’s Regina Pats at the Memorial Cup in 1980. I was a left winger on the Cornwall Royals team that won the tournament. I remember being amazed at how quickly his career took off, going from the Pats to the AHL’s Hershey Bears to the NHL’s Washington Capitals in successive years. He helped build a Stanley Cup finalist in Florida while I was coaching their opponent that year in Colorado, where the Avs won their first championship. And I remember some great…

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thn awards

SO, WHAT WILL Connor McDavid do for an encore after winning the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and the Art Ross Trophy as the leading scorer last season? How about going back-to-back as the league’s best player and most prolific point man? That’s the prediction of THN staffers, whose trophy prognostications for 2017-18 are compiled below. McDavid was a unanimous choice for the Hart and Art Ross.HART (Most valuable player)1. Connor McDavid, EDM2. Sidney Crosby, PIT3. Erik Karlsson, OTT4. Nikita Kucherov, TB5. Carey Price, MTLNORRIS (Best defenseman)1. Erik Karlsson, OTT2. Victor Hedman, TB3. Brent Burns, SJ4. Dougie Hamilton, CGY5. Drew Doughty, LAVEZINA (Best goaltender)1. Carey Price, MTL2. Braden Holtby, WSH3. Sergei Bobrovsky, CLB4. Matt Murray, PIT5. Cam Talbot, EDMCALDER (Best rookie)1. Charlie McAvoy, BOS2. Clayton Keller, ARI3. Brock Boeser, VAN4.…