Why This Won't Stink This Year
10 reasons for fans outside of Canada to focus on hockey
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2008 11:35 AM CDT
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has injected some interest back into hockey, and this year he'll be joined by more promising young draftees.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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(Newser) – That time is upon us again: the season in which we ignore most of what's going on in the NHL. But this year it might behoove sports fans to pay attention, writes Maxim. Here's why:

  • Detroit needs some good news, right? The champs got even stronger.
  • Finally, all of the 'Original Six' teams are strong again. Yes, even the Blackhawks. Look out for Montreal, celebrating its 100th birthday.

  • Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is poised to smash some sacrosanct records.
  • The youth movement gets stronger. Crosby, Ovechkin, and Malkin meet Stamkos, Doughty, and Hickey.
  • Hockey's biggest jerk (Sean Avery) is joining hockey's jerkiest team (Dallas).
  • The Coyotes might finally give coach Wayne Gretzky a performance nearer his caliber.
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