Central Preview: Dallas Stars look poised to return to the top of league’s toughest division

Cam Lewis
October 02 2017 10:14AM

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Welcome to the Central Division, likely the NHL’s toughest and most difficult to predict. When looking at an oddsmaker like Bodog, it’s clear this division is going to be difficult to win. Beyond the terrible Avalanche, the six teams in the Central are good enough to make the playoffs. Who’s going to get left out?

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NHL expansion or relocation to Seattle becoming more realistic

Cam Lewis
September 12 2017 11:20AM

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It was a decade ago that the SuperSonics limped into their final season in Seattle. After a miserable 2007-08 campaign, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sold the team and its new prize, Kevin Durant, to a group of businessmen from Oklahoma City, and the Sonics became the Thunder. 

Now, after years of speculation and failed proposals, Seattle has a timeline for the possible return of the NBA — and a brand new expansion into the NHL. On Monday, it was announced that Oak View Group (OVG), led by former Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke, and the city have reached an agreement to renovate KeyArena and have it suitable for professional sports by as early as 2020

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Metropolitan Division

Cam Lewis
July 31 2017 10:38AM

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This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins. 

The Hurricanes looked to solve their goaltending issue, the Penguins worked to keep their Cup-winning core intact, the Capitals lost an exodus of good players, the Devils and Flyers continued to build with excellent lottery luck, the Blue Jackets haven't done much to build on a breakout season, the Rangers dropped a lot of cap to make a major free agency splash, and it's time to worry about John Tavares.

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Atlantic Division

Cam Lewis
July 29 2017 10:58AM

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This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins. 

The Panthers and Sabres are moving in a new direction again, the Lightning dealt with some housekeeping that should allow them to rebound next season, the Red Wings seem to be trying to prolong the inevitable, the Leafs added veteran leadership to their exciting young squad, the Bruins and Senators stayed completely still, and the Habs had another whirlwind of a summer. 

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The Good and Bad of Summer 2017 (So Far): Central Division

Cam Lewis
July 26 2017 10:29AM

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This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series looking at the moves made by each team this offseason and what they still have left to do before the season begins. 

The Blackhawks went through another renaissance and brought back some familiar faces, the Predators added to one of the best young cores in the NHL, the Stars went nuts in free agency and are prime for another ride to the top, the Blues and Wild tweaked around the cap, the Jets addressed their goaltending issue, and the Avs are still very bad. 

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