Catching Up On The Latest From Day 1 At Blackhawks Training Camp – Yahoo Sports

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Lightning franchise ranked highly in ESPN’s latest pro team rankings – Yahoo Sports

Oduya briefly discussed the rumors Friday: “I know it’s there I think everybody does,” Oduya said Friday during training camp at Notre Dame. “I try not to worry about it too much. I want to focus on performing and working hard. That’s what I have on my mind.” That’s pretty much what you’d expect to hear from a player who presumably hopes to stick around for another Stanley Cup run. We’ll just have to wait and see how Stan Bowman ultimately resolves the situation. Hossa feeling good, looking good At 34 years old, Marian Hossa might start showing his age eventually, but apparently not yet. The back issues that have plagued him in the past aren’t an issue right now, and that has to be a positive sign as the beginning of the season looms. Talk about Hossa at camp has been consistently optimistic, and that’s what you want to hear from a veteran in his mid-30s. “Last year was a great example,” Hossa said Friday after participating in a practice and scrimmage on the first day of training camp. “I only missed a few games, a few of them wasnt because of my injury. Im glad. If I can repeat it again this year I would be really pleased. source:

Talented crop of rookies has fantasy upside – Yahoo Sports

Teravainen got into three NHL games with the Blackhawks late last season and the 18th pick in the 2012 draft did not look out of place. With the signing of Brad Richards , the 20-year-old is likely to start the season in the AHL, but’s fifth-rated prospect will see time in the NHL this season. If Richards shows no chemistry with his talented linemates, expect to see the hashtag #FreeTeuvo pop up from fantasy owners. He should be drafted in dynasty/keeper leagues and stashed on benches in other league formats. Filip Forsberg , C, Nashville Predators Filip Forsberg Griffin Reinhart , D, New York Islanders The Islanders’ top-ranked prospect by finished his fourth season with the Edmonton Oil Kings by leading his team to a WHL championship and a Memorial Cup, and he looks like he’s ready to make an impact on Long Island. The fourth player taken in the 2012 NHL Draft, he is the only player in the Top 5 not to play in the NHL; the Islanders have taken a more cautious approach with their prospects. The 20-year-old son of former NHL player Paul Reinhart finished his WHL career with 30 goals, 111 points and 164 penalty minutes in 209 regular-season games. He also had 28 points in 57 playoff games. At 6-foot-4 and 217 pounds, Reinhart is NHL-ready and, even if he starts his professional career in the AHL, he will make an impact on the Islanders at some point this season. John Gibson , G, Anaheim Ducks Right behind Drouin on the top prospect list is the Ducks’ 21-year-old goalie phenom. source:–nhl.html

It’s all subjective too. ESPN has issued a ranking of all 122 professional sports franchises in North America (we’re talking top-league stuff with MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams and an omission of MLS… at least this year) and Tampa Bay Lightning fans can crow about the overall perception of their franchise in the eyes of ESPN’s rankings. Let me give you the quote from the article how these are derived: The method to our ultimate madness First: Consulting firm Maddock Douglas surveyed 1,002 North American fans to form 25 criteria for what you want most in return for the emotion, money and time you invest in the 122 MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams. Second: Teaming with NetReflector, an opinion research firm, asked fans to rate their home teams in each area; more than 101,000 of you did! We grouped grades into the categories below. Royals fans, for example, ranked Kauffman Stadium much higher (29) than owner David Glass (112). Third: Our final measure, bang for the buck, uses calculations developed with Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center to figure how well teams turn fans’ money into wins. FINALLY We combined each team’s score across all categories into a weighted average. For example, since fans ranked players as more important than ownership, the former counted for 13.9 percent of a team’s final score versus 11.3 percent for the latter. The result? Fan opinion combined with an objective gauge of the cost of winning. Ultimately, everything counts. source:


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