NHL Central Division Week in Review

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As the Columbus Blue Jackets are positioning themselves in 242 days for either top amateur prospects Nail Kabulov or Filip Forsberg in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, and as I primarily cover the Blue Jackets, I am left with little to write about in a positive manner.

Therefore, as part of a continuing series, here is a summary of the NHL Central Division for the first two weeks of the season (in order of the current Central Division standings):

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Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane Injures Wrist, Will Have Surgery

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RECOVERY EXPECTED TO TAKE 6-8 WEEKS

Looks like Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane will have trouble lifting his drink for the next six to eight weeks.  The Blackhawks released a statement today announcing that Kane has a fractured left wrist that will require surgery to repair.  The surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, July 19.  A full recovery from the injury could take up to two months.  For more on the injury, and the full statement from the Chicago Blackhawks, click after the jump.

 

Bryan Vickroy

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2011 NHL Free Agency: Defensemen

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TOP NHL DEFENSEMAN FREE AGENTS

 

There is no real baseball being played right now, despite what Bud Selig wants us to think.  There is no action in the NBA or NFL with both locked out and barred from their sport.  The only real sport still rolling is the NHL.  With the free agency period a little more than a week and a half old, the top players of the class have been signed to the big contracts, the accompanying pieces have been signed, and we have a general sense of what every NHL team’s line ups come this fall.  It’s time to take a look at where  the top players signed  and what more to expect this NHL offseason.  To see who the top defenseman are and where they went, continue after the jump.

 

Bryan Vickroy

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2011 NHL Free Agency Roundup: Right Wingers

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TOP NHL RIGHT WING FREE AGENTS

 

There is no real baseball being played right now, despite what Bud Selig wants us to think.  There is no action in the NBA or NFL with both locked out and barred from their sport.  The only real sport still rolling is the NHL.  With the free agency period a little more than a week and a half old, the top players of the class have been signed to the big contracts, the accompanying pieces have been signed, and we have a general sense of what every NHL team’s line ups come this fall.  It’s time to take a look at where  the top players signed  and what more to expect this NHL offseason.  To see who the top right wingers are and where they went, continue after the jump.

 

Bryan Vickroy

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Chicago Businessmen And The Future Of The NHL

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WEALTHY CHICAGO INVESTORS AND POTENTIAL NHL TEAM OWNERSHIP

Within the last couple weeks, wealthy Chicago area businessmen have been connected to different stories regarding potential ownership of an NHL franchise.  Matthew Hulsizer, CEO of Chicago-based Peak6 Investments LP, has been involved in talks about the Phoenix Coyotes for more than a year.  Don Levin, owner of the AHL Chicago Wolves, is possibly developing a NHL caliber arena in a new, untapped professional hockey market.  To find out how all this Chicago money could impact the NHL, continue after the jump.

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Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks Make Second Blockbuster Trade

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MARTIN HAVLAT TRADED FOR DANY HEATLEY

 

The Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks have made a second blockbuster trade in just over a week.  The Wild send last year’s leading scorer Martin Havlat to the Sharks for former Wisconsin Badger star Dany Heatley.  The trade was an old school one for one player swap, something rarely seen in these days of mega contracts.  Havlat has four years left at $5 million per season, while Heatley will make $7.5 million for the next three years.

 

Bryan Vickroy

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2011 NHL Entry Draft Recap

 

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2011 NHL ENTRY DRAFT RECAP

 

The dust has settled on the floor of the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, as the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has completed.  The hometown Minnesota Wild made the first big splash at the draft, trading Brent Burns to the San Jose Sharks.  The rest of the NHL Entry Draft weekend saw more trades, a lot of picks, and the loud and celebrated return of the Winnipeg Jets.  To find out everything that went down at the center of the universe, the winners and losers, continue on after the jump.

 

Bryan Vickroy

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St. Louis Blues 2011 NHL Draft Picks

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2011 St. Louis Blues NHL Draft Picks

 

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is completed, and all seven rounds are in the books.  Before we look ahead to free agency in the National Hockey League, let’s take a look at a team by team synopsis of all of this year’s draft picks.  Find out who they are, what to expect from them, and when you can expect to see them putting on a sweater in the NHL. Also, each team will be graded on their overall performance during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.   Let’s find out who the St. Louis Blues drafted, after the jump.

 

Bryan Vickroy

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Nashville Predators 2011 Draft Picks

 

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2011 Nashville Predators Draft Picks

 

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is completed, and all seven rounds are in the books.  Before we look ahead to free agency in the National Hockey League, let’s take a look at a team by team synopsis of all of this year’s draft picks.  Find out who they are, what to expect from them, and when you can expect to see them putting on a sweater in the NHL. Also, each team will be graded on their overall performance during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.   Let’s find out who the Nashville Predators drafted, after the jump.

 

Bryan Vickroy

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Columbus Blue Jackets 2011 Draft Picks

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2011 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Draft Picks

 

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is completed, and all seven rounds are in the books.  Before we look ahead to free agency in the National Hockey League, let’s take a look at a team by team synopsis of all of this year’s draft picks.  Find out who they are, what to expect from them, and when you can expect to see them putting on a sweater in the NHL. Also, each team will be graded on their overall performance during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.   Let’s find out who the Columbus Blue Jackets drafted, after the jump.

 

Bryan Vickroy

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Winnipeg Jets 2011 Draft Picks

2011 Winnipeg Jets NHL Draft Picks

 

The 2011 NHL Entry Draft is completed, and all seven rounds are in the books.  Before we look ahead to free agency in the National Hockey League, let’s take a look at a team by team synopsis of all of this year’s draft picks.  Find out who they are, what to expect from them, and when you can expect to see them putting on a sweater in the NHL. Also, each team will be graded on their overall performance during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.   Let’s find out who the Winnipeg Jets drafted, after the jump.

 

Bryan Vickroy

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