2011-12 NHL Regular Season Start
October 6, 2011 by staff
2011-12 NHL Regular Season Start, It seems that each season takes forever to pass before a new NHL season begins. But from the time of the Boston Bruins won their first Stanley Cup in 39 years on June 15 the final night before starting 2011-12 NHL season, the time has certainly flown by.
Of course, the summer of hockey was stained with the death of Derek Boogaard (notes), Rick RYPIEN (notes), Wade Belak (notes) and then the tragic plane crash in Russia with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl last month.
But as a hockey family, it is passed, the memory of those lost will be in the minds of fans and players of the NHL starts its season 95 on Thursday night.
Soon, 11 questions will be answered once the Stanley Cup is up again in June.
1. Which of the four teams in NHL Premiere will win the Stanley Cup?
Since the 2008 NHL Premiere Series, a team that has gone abroad has ended up winning the Cup of the season. Pittsburgh Penguins (Sweden, 2008), Chicago Blackhawks (Finland, 2009) and Boston Bruins (Czech Republic, 2010) all began their season with a European adventure, and ended up skating around a track of objection raised Cup over their heads.
I guess that means one of the Los Angeles Kings, Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers and Anaheim Ducks will be the champion this year. Congratulations to the team beforehand.
Then there is the fact that a small team from the Winter Classic has gone on to win the Cup the following season. Juju that’s good for the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins there.
2. How long does it take players to get used to Brendan Shanahan (notes) Era?
As we have seen, if Article 48 was originally implemented, the players took a while before changing the way we went about delivering hits. Over time, it worked, and some players even admitted that before attempting a coup to think twice before placement – sometimes even pulling up before a man put out.
Now, with adjustments for new rules and Article 48 by deleting the words “Blind Side” and “lateral” in its definition, along with stiffer suspension to the results of some, this group of Shanabans we saw during the preseason slowly should disappear once the reality of these changes was set in the minds of the players. We have seen some of these examples in the NHL “Clean hits hard and good decision Plays” video released Wednesday. It’s just a matter of time before most players understand the entire message.
3. Are we about to witness the swan song Martin Brodeur (notes) and Nicklas Lidstrom (notes)?
Among the seven trophies Norris, Vezina four seven Stanley Cups, this could be the last journey of two veterans of the most decorated and celebrated in the NHL. At the age of 41 years, the topic of retirement has come up with Lidstrom recent seasons, but always returns a year and remains a top-flight blueline. Brodeur, 39, is entering the final year of his contract and is not a discussion about retirement yet, but acknowledged that his time is running out.
4. Chemical experiments are in Buffalo and the Florida job?
Before the salary cap became part of the NHL, there are teams like the New York Rangers, who would throw bags of money to players during free agency and review a list of blank checks. Of course, never strategies such as working, as the players do not gel as a team and a chemical composition that no part, but the rich teams could afford to take on salary.
The Sabres and the Panthers spent a lot of money during the summer for two very different reasons. Buffalo’s new owner, Terry Pegula, has money and wants a Cup ring as soon as possible. Florida was so far under the floor of the PAC, GM Dale Tallon needed to pay the players and try to change the culture of losing the franchise. The question now is how long it takes to Lindy Ruff and Kevin Dineen to find the right chemistry between the lines without delaying the Eastern Conference and their respective divisions.
And do not forget the Philadelphia Flyers, with the addition of Jaromir Jagr (notes), Ilya Bryzgalov (notes) and Max Talbot (notes) and Jeff Carter (notes) and Mike Richards (notes) were sent to the west.
Were those of Carter and Richards offers hockey decisions made because a change was needed in the room? Jagr then you have come into the fight with his personality, sometimes referred to tenacity and the fact that he has been away from the NHL for three seasons and has 39 years.
5. What can we expect from the Atlanta Thrashers since they are the Winnipeg Jets?
It’s been a long 15-year wait for hockey fans in Winnipeg. After the celebrations along Portage and Main after it was announced that a North Sports & Entertainment, bought the Thrashers last spring was a busy summer for the Jets brass 2.0 trying to change through a entire franchise.
With a capacity of just over 15,000 for hockey – the NHL’s smallest – the MTS Centre will be an incredible home ice advantage for the Jets. Ticket sales have been guaranteed a full house for at least the next three to five seasons, but the grace period, fans will not last long.
If the Jets stumble a bit this season, which can be excused after a busy summer. Next season will be the challenge for GM Kevin Cheveldayoff to shape the roster over the Jets a playoff contender once again. The heart is there with Dustin BYFUGLIEN (notes), Evander Kane (notes), Ondrej Pavelec (notes), Zach Bogosian (notes) and Tobias Enstrom (notes), while the level of excitement in the city is by the clouds at the time, it’s just a matter of time before the kid gloves out and the weight of expectations on the team to succeed.
6. They are rookies / after your stay of 9 test versions of the game?
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (notes), Ryan Strome (notes), Brandon Saad (notes) and Sean Couturier (notes) are just four of the young players that are incorporated into this season that could well be on the list of NHL in the mark 10 games or be on your way back to his junior team. The Florida Panthers wasted no time in sending 2011 first round Jonathan Huberdeau (notes) back to St. John of the QMJHL.
The 9-game tuning is a great way for GMs to evaluate what potential they have for the future and depending on the production and availability of places on the roster, the return air tickets to young people than necessary. But in any case, the question that every GM must answer is what will benefit the players: Continuing with the NHL club and, depending on the situation, knowing if they will be able to get enough ice time, or moving back to his junior club for another year of dominance to help grow the confidence and development?
It is different in each case. The Oilers are not competitors of the Cup this season, but a blow to Nugent-Hopkins has been his strength. It would be a year ago in Red Deer of the WHL benefit him more than spending the season playing with the likes of Taylor Hall (notes), Jordan Eberle (notes), Magnus Paajarvi (notes) and Linus Omark (notes), co of equipment to be developed in the NHL as a whole in the coming years?
7. What kind of impact will Sidney Crosby (notes) and David Perron (notes) have on their computers if / when they return?
Crosby and Perron are in two different places in his recovery from a concussion. Crosby, while still not cleared for contact, has been skating and participating in practice with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the spring. Perron on the other hand, adopted a benchmark last week to meet with the St. Louis Blues and start practicing. He has not been in action since 04 November after being hit San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton (notes).
While Crosby seems to be much closer to a return Perron, who knows if they will return to the same players they were before the concussion. Crosby was at a record pace to score before being knocked down twice in less than a week. Perron was at the beginning of his fourth season as a rising star with the Blues.
Both lost a lot of time and, in this era of attention shone on player safety, initially returned as the same players or the appearance on the ice are shy about participating contact?
8. What we love about HBO 24 / 7 this year?
For four Wednesday night last winter, we were all tuned to HBO to get a real glimpse into the lives of two hockey teams, two teams, when they moved in very different directions. The series was so good, it did not matter that it was the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals – which would have been fixed yet, regardless of who was involved.
Strategies pre-game to get away from the track of the lives of the players and coaches (notes) swelling of the face of Ben Lovejoy, was everything a hockey fan looking for in a reality show. To steal a phrase from the great Jackie Chiles on Seinfeld, it was real and it was spectacular.
Now in this season with Ilya Bryzgalov potential entertainment (have you read his Twitter lately?), Chris Pronger (notes) (better known as Captain Philadelphia Heat), a Christmas sweater Max Talbot, and the endearing duo John Tortorella and Larry Brooks, the series of four episodes, it might even be better than the last.
Although we will lose a lot of the Avery Sean / Wayne Simmonds meeting.
9. Is this the year the San Jose Sharks and Washington Capitals finally get over the hump the playoffs?
Sharks and capital have not had to worry about the regular season for some time. Everyone knew they were going to finish in the top of their respective conference, which was achieved in the playoffs that matters. Until now, capital has not passed the second round and sharks have fallen short on appearances Conference back-to-back final.
Like any well-run franchise, general managers of both teams came out and improving the workforce during the summer. George McPhee brought Troy Brouwer (notes), Jeff Halpern (notes), Roman Hamrlik (Notes), Joel Ward (notes) and the theft of the summer, Tomas Vokoun (notes), while Doug Wilson Devin Setoguchi tried to distance (notes) Dany Heatley (notes) in exchange for Martin Havlat (notes) and Brent Burns (notes), while signing Michal Handzus (notes) and Colin White (notes).
The lists are again stacked and the heavy burden of expectation, once again there. With all the failures in recent years by both teams, how many heads roll, if both fall short once again?
10. Can continue to receive favorable NBC TV ratings for the Stanley Cup in the U.S.?
Let’s face it, as the Anaheim Ducks / Ottawa Senators end in 2007, the NHL and NBC have been very fortunate to get very attractive Cup clashes that have attracted large audiences. From Detroit / Pittsburgh two years in a row Chicago / Philadelphia including Vancouver / Boston last season, the series was compelling and dramatic enough for even the casual observer to tune in.
Despite getting a Canadian team last season, rates were still strong on NBC, driven by the fact that the New England market helped push the needle. But if you just met during one of the following 10 seasons under this new television deal NHL / NBC, things are not as attractive.
Sure, the NHL’s ratings seem to be growing every year, but that is reinforced by the participation of the major markets (see: NHL on NBC in the regular season / Winter Classic programming). But it’s only a matter of time before another Anaheim / Ottawa, as the wind would be the Cup final and the interest of casual hockey fan will be tested.
11. Boston Bruins can repeat champions for the first time since the Detroit Red Wings?
Play over 100 games and win the Stanley Cup is not easy, but getting a team to do it all again is even more difficult, as evidenced by the history of champions.
Since the Red Wings repeated in 1997 and 1998, only four teams (New Jersey, Dallas, Detroit and Pittsburgh) have played in consecutive finals. And after a long season and a summer to celebrate their title, the Bruins enter the 2011-12 season with a great goal, great in the back.
What is positive for the Bruins that has affected his staff’s previous teams saw very little change in the offseason. GM Peter Chiarelli did a good job of keeping the championship team and the plan for this season is to Tuukka Rask (notes) more time on the network allowing all of the world’s goalie Tim Thomas (notes) to be cooler heading into the playoffs.
However, with the number of other strong competitors in the Cup this season, promotion to the top of the NHL this season will be even harder than before.
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