2013 NHL PREVIEW: NORTHWEST DIVISION

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Finally, after months and months of everyone involved being morons, causing 113 days, 625 games, and the biggest outdoor hockey game in history to be cancelled, hockey fans can finally say “Game On!”  The NHL has a new 10-year labor agreement, and is set to start the shortened, 48 game 2013 season on Saturday, January 19.  Find out what you need to know about every team in the NHL for the upcoming season, this time featuring the Northwest Division.  Continue after the jump to find out where your team will finish.

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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.

 

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NCAA Tourney Hopes Still Alive For 20th Ranked Gopher Hockey Team

The Minnesota Gopher Hockey team is playing its best hockey of the season at the right time.

 

A program that was once a staple of the NCAA Frozen Four, winning the National Championship in 2002 and 2003, has struggled to get back to the Mecca of college hockey.

 

The last two seasons the Gophers have watched the 16-team NCAA tournament from the comfort of their Dinkytown homes. Their last Frozen Four appearance was back in 2005.

 

While reaching this season Frozen Four is still a long shot for the 20th ranked Gophers, getting back into the field of 16– which was at one point this season a long shot– seems more than realistic. [Read more…]

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