An interview with Peter Mueller by Adrian Dater. Mueller has so much offensive upside, I really hope he can get the concussion issues behind him. He’d likely skate on the top unit with Duchene and Hejduk/Jones.

 

I’d put Landeskog with Stastny. Colorado’s top six has the potential to be pretty good, but aside from the two centers, it features a rookie and three injury prone wingers. Risky to say the least.

 

Nothing earth shattering from this NHL.com piece on the Blues, but I agree with the gist of it – the Blues are ready to make some noise out West.

 

Eric Fehr is likely to miss the first bit of the season after surgery back in May. A read on the surgery at the time – right here. Fehr’s absence opens up a top six spot in Winnipeg, and it may mean Nik Antropov slides over to the right wing on the second line.

 

A great read on Tim Thomas. Some interesting quotes regarding how draining the cup run and offseason has been – fuel for Tuukka Rask to take back his starting spot. It won’t be an even split, but Rask is going to play a lot for a “number two” goaltender.

 

Some of my interviews from the past week: Fear the Fin, the Copper & Blue, and RLD Hockey. Check ‘em out.

 

Fantasy Guide was updated on August 23rd. The Goalie Rankings will be updated as soon as Goalie Post subscriptions go on sale – which should be by the end of this week or Monday at the latest.

 

I contributed towards the Canucks Annual that will hit newsstands in September in Vancouver and surrounding areas. The guide is also available at Maple Street Press.

 

Jewels from the Crown (a great Kings blog) with their thoughts on LA’s lineup:

 

Penner/Kopitar/Williams

 

Gagne/Richards/Brown

 

Moreau/Stoll/Lewis

 

Clifford/Richardson/Parse

 

I’d swap Moreau and Parse and find a way to get Loktionov in there. but where does he fit? I’m expecting Kopitar to approach 90 points this season. I like Richards for 75-80, as well. I think the two will click very well together on the top power play unit. LA has a very nice looking team.

 

Kris Letang getting his beast on with some off-season training – those split squats with a weight vest are brutal:

 

 


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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... @lusshouse

I agree that the Kings still look a little shaky on the wings, but they have Kopitar, Richards and Stoll down the middle, which is as good of a 1-2-3 punch at center as any team in the league outside of Pittsburgh (when healthy). They have 3 very good young skilled defensemen (Doughty, JJ, Martinez) paired with 3 rock-solid veteran stay-at-home d-men (Scuderi, Mitchell, Greene). They also have a goalie in Quick, who has gotten better and better each season, backed up by Bernier, who may have an even higher upside.

August 26, 2011
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DonCoburleone said:

DonCoburleone
Kings indeed Those are some impressive looking lines for the kings. They're gonna be tough this year... And hey for you fantasy hockey poolies out there, check out this awesome site for some hilarious fantasy hockey analaysis: http://hockey.razzball.com
August 26, 2011 | url
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Christian Bergeron said:

cbergeron
Rask Great read on Thomas. Do you see any possibility Rask gets traded this year or next? If I'm not mistaken, Thomas is signed until 2013 whereas Rask becomes an RFA at the end of the upcoming season. Khudobin could become back-up if he continues to play well. I personally don't think Rask goes anywhere (it would seem foolish) but I just wonder...
August 26, 2011
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Bender said:

baconnol
Training Clips The training clips are cool, I bet there are enough of those clips to create a whole marketing campaign by the NHL.
August 26, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
Letang That's some impressive stuff but i would be much more interested in watching Letang practice hitting the net. That would be much more valuable to his game in my opinion. Watching him on an end to end rush only to shoot high and miss the net 90% of the time is just painful.

If he could hit the net twice as much as he normally does, people would start saying "Mike Green...who?"
August 26, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Training (Letang) These training regimens are absolutely impressive that the NHL players are put through. Letang isn't a big boy at all but he's pushing some damn impressive weight around in exercises that are excrutiatingly difficult.

Hands together for the dedication these athletes have.
August 26, 2011
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Ttigers said:

Ttigers
... @lusshouse
Also from the east coast, so take what I say with a grain of salt. But I think the whole upside in LA has to do with the "completeness" of the team. By that I mean they have two solid goalies, an elite D, supported by a very strong Jack Johnson and some solid secondary defensemen. In Kopitar, Richards and Brown they have 3 steady all world forwards who are supported by Williams, Gagne and Penner: 3 players who, though they are either inconsistent or injury prone have won Stanley Cups, have been (and LA hope can still be) impact players.

I don't see LA getting ahead of Detroit, San Jose, Vancouver or Chicago. But, IMO they are in that group with St-Louis & Nashville that should get in the playoffs, could move up with some lucky bounces (and they would not need much) and will definitely have success in the playoffs where Gagne & Williams are usually at their best.
August 26, 2011
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Blueorrfan said:

Blueorrfan
Letang Wow, looks like a Beast! Hope he remembers what his role is and doesn't decide to start playing too physical, can afford to have him hurt! lol
August 26, 2011
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lusshouse said:

lusshouse
Why is everybody so high on LA Kings Am I the only one not jumping on LA's bandwagon at all?

Remove Penner's only real offensive season and he's a 0.53 career PPGer (that's 43 pts, folks).

Gagne has averaged 20 games lost per season over the past 5 years, and Justin Williams has averaged 32 games lost over the past 4 seasons.

That's 2 BaB and 1 unproductive winger. Brown is, well, an elite checker who can provide decent offensive numbers. Why then wouldn't they be as risky as Colorado's top-six, say?

I don't see how they can challenge San Jose (Thornton, Marleau, Havlat, Pavelski and Couture and Clowe), Vancouver, Chicago or even Detroit. Throw in the other dark horses like defense-first Nashville, overloaded St-Louis... and I've got LA fighting for a spot out West, with a team that I don't like all that much.

I'm from the East, so I get to watch a lot of Boston, Montreal, Toronto, New York, etc. Maybe I don't get to see enough of these teams, but I've seen plenty of Philly and I don't think Richards can turn this offense that much more.

Maybe you guys can help me understand better all the hype surrounding LA that I see everywhere.
August 26, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... Rad64 posted an article on Fehr from yesterday in the forums.

http://www.dobberhockey.com/in...p&t=102944
August 26, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... Winnipeg, not Winnepeg smilies/wink.gif
August 26, 2011
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Marc said:

MGW
Atlanta? ...............cmon!
August 25, 2011
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flaupmes said:

Zangief
... Winnepeg, not Atlantasmilies/wink.gif
August 25, 2011
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