NHL pre-season is around the corner and here is a look at some of the teams around the National Hockey League are making waves.
Chicago are the champions but don't look like the same team as they did when they won. The salary cap strapped Blackhawks had to get rid of a ton of key members of their Stanley Cup championship team namely Kris Versteeg and Antti Niemi. Expect them to lose in the 2nd or 3rd round. They did pick up Marty Turco, great goalie.
Toronto Maple Leafs
They added Kris Versteeg and Colby Armstrong. Actually this team looks very similar to the one that placed 29th last year. Of course everyone in Toronto is optimistic but they don't have Tyler Seguin. Who knows if Kaberle will stick around after having problems with coach Ron Wilson. It is tough to finish in 30th or 29th so expect this team to at least do better than last year. That isn't saying much.
Who knows what this team is doing. They trade Halak and keep Carey Price who hasn't signed. Well he did sign now but who is the GM making idiot decisions like this? The only thing looking good for the Habs this season is PK Subban.
Here is a team that will probably not do too much this year. They have so so players and Jason Spezza is a bum. He doesn't play defence and he wouldn't be worthy of the 2nd line on Detroit Red Wings. Just don't ask him about Dany Heatley ...
New Jersey Devils
They finally signed Kovalchuk. He actually might do something in New Jersey besides become really rich. Devils have a history of winning so a player like Kovalchuk doesn't fit but who knows, maybe he is hungry and wants to actually play in the post season.
Detroit Red Wings
Expect them to come back strong. Not having Frazen hurt the team so expect them to dominate.
Canucks fans get ready for another horrible season where you think your team is hot stuff but fails miserably in the post season. Sedins will put up points in the regular season but expect that to disappear when the playoffs come.