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  1. Wild Wild West

    With most of the big free agents off the market, save names such as Alex Semin and Shane Doan, the focus of many hockey prognosticators now shifts towards the regular season.

    While plenty can still happen between now and puck drop, it's really never too early to start taking a stab at where off-season jostling should land teams within the standings.

    This weekend, Boom City takes a good long look at the [B]Western Conference.[/B]

    The Western Conference remains ...
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  2. Eastern Conference Expectations

    With most of the big free agents off the market, save names such as Alex Semin and Shane Doan, the focus of many hockey prognosticators now shifts towards the regular season.

    While plenty can still happen between now and puck drop, it's really never too early to start taking a stab at where off-season jostling should land teams within the standings.

    This weekend, [I]Boom City[/I] takes a good long look at the [B]Eastern Conference[/B].

    [ATTACH=CONFIG]1043[/ATTACH]Don't ...
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  3. Breaking down the Jordan Staal trade

    [ATTACH=CONFIG]954[/ATTACH]The NHL entry draft is consistently full of big splashes. Friday night in Pittsburgh was no different than any other year.

    Before the [B]Carolina Hurricanes[/B] arrived at the podium to make their first round selection, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the Hurricanes had traded said pick, along with [B]Brian Dumoulin[/B] and [B]Brandon Sutter[/B] to the draft host [B]Pittsburgh Penguins[/B] in exchange for [B]Jordan Staal[/B].

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  4. How will Bob Hartley change the Calgary Flames?

    [ATTACH=CONFIG]857[/ATTACH][B]Bob Hartley[/B] was appointed to the helm of the [B]Calgary Flames[/B] ship on May 31.

    My first thought was: what will this mean for Calgary's on-ice style of play?

    For years the Flames have played a slow-paced, cautious style of hockey under the tutelage of previous coaches [B]Brent Sutter, Mike Keenan and Jim Playfair[/B]. Some years, this provided the team with moderate success but in recent years, it brought nothing but heartbreak as the ...
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