FanSided has been running a 30-in-30, breaking down all the NHL teams for this upcoming season. I however have not been posting along with them. Starting today, I will highlight all teams that have been posted up til this point.
Be sure to watch Bleedin’ Blue everyday for a link to the new 30-in-30 each day until all teams completed. Bleedin’ Blue will link you to every post when completed fully before the season starts.
I urge you to read every blog posted here if you truly want to know how the NHL will be shaping up for this upcoming season.
Starting the first of many, the Anaheim Ducks are the first team to be looked at. Ducks Daily blogger, Michael Lombardi breaks down who’s in, who’s out, and how GM Bob Murray has fixed a problem that the Ducks have been lacking. Be sure to read the full post here.
Next is the reigning Stanley Cup champs. Causeway Crowd writer, Steve Kendall believes that the Boston Bruins have a shot at being back-to-back Stanley Cup champions. Do the Bruins have the pieces in place? Check out Steve’s post to see why he believes they do.
Ryan Miller has always been the man in Buffalo. He was replaced by Terry Pegula, the new Sabres owner, this past year. Pegula has shown that he has no problems reaching in his pockets for some spare cash to spend. Landing Ville Lieno and Christian Erhoff is proof of that. So what does Sabres Noise’s, Tim Redinger think of the Sabres chances this year? Be sure to read his post to find out.
Many people believe that the Calgary Flames should have folded their way into a rebuild this off-season, much like the Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, and in past years, the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins. However they didn’t feel that need, which is why ‘Flame For Thought’ writer, Ryan Patrick asks the question, the Flames have what it takes to be a playoff team? Read more here to find out his opinion.
No one was more surprised when little Jeff Skinner did big things with the Carolina Hurricanes last season. I didn’t expect to see the now sophomore for another few seasons in the NHL. Yet he was a new face in Carolina, and he could be what drives the Canes back into the playoffs. Cardiac Canes entire staff all posted on why it could be Hurricane season all year next year in Carolina.
Now the Chicago Blackhawks have gone from Cup champs, to squeaking into the playoffs on the last day of the season last year. What do they have in store for this season? John Schultz writes on Blackhawk Up a long but very informative break down for the Hawks next season.
Colorado certainly didn’t have a great season last year and it showed in their play, but their acquiring of potential defensive stalwart and former first overall pick, Erik Johnson could have a big impact for the Avalanche next season. Stephen Crociata checks out the Avalanche on Mile High Sticking.
When the Columbus Blue Jackets traded for former 40 goal scorer, Jeff Carter, the central division got a lot tougher. With the signing of James Wisniewski also helped boslter their defense. But will the loss of Mathieu Garon be harder on the Blue Jackets than many think? Joe Reader from Fire That Cannon voices his opinion here.
A team that I am really interested in watching this season has to be the Florida Panthers. With all their off-season signings, they’ll have a new looking team this season. Yet it could be guys already in the system who make the biggest impact. Frank Rekas, our NHL director and senior editor for Florida’s blog, The Rat Trick, breaks down the Panthers 2011-12 season.
Dallas is a hard team to pinpoint in the western conference for this season. Losing Brad Richards to the New York Rangers is going to hurt their offense a tone this season yet it will give guys like Loui Eriksson and Jamie Benn a chance to step up into bigger roles offensively this year. Austin Waldron from Blackout Dallas gives his perspective for the Stas this year.
Lastly today is the Detroit Red Wings. A team as Blues fans we LOVE to despise. Yet it’s hard not to love Monica McAlister, FanSided’s wings writer. No matter how much I can’t stand the Wings as a team, I will always respect them, and with Nik Lidstrom returning for another year means the Wings will be a potential cup favorite yet again. Monica gives her view on the Wings this season over on Octopus Thrower, the Wings blog on FanSided.
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