- Last season was largely about the dominance of the Penguins (at least in the regular season). Malkin and Neal were unstoppable. Crosby was dominant as ever in half a season of action. Jordan Staal played his way out of town with a career season. Kris Letang would have been in the running for the Norris, had he stayed healthy.
- Steven Stamkos ran away with the goal scoring title, pounding in another 60 tallies
- Claude Giroux continued to show he deserves a spot among the elite, with a 93 point effort
- Jason Spezza returned to star status, finishing 4th in scoring
- Erik Karlsson was in a class by himself on defense, amassing 78 points and 19 goals
IN THE CREASE
- After several years of being overlooked, Lundqvist finally earned a Vezina
- Jonathan Quick made his case for top goalie, piling up 10 shutouts
- Mike Smith emerged as a top tier goalie in Phoenix with a .930 save percentage and 8 shutouts of his own
- Brian Elliot and Jaroslav Halak formed the best 1-2 punch in the league, combining for 13 shutouts
- Tim Thomas likely played out his final campaign, opening the door for Tuukka Rask to emerge this year
- Roberto Luongo slowly slid back in favor of Cory Schneider, opening the door for a likely trade this season
- Ilya Bryzgalov mostly crashed and burned in his Philly debut
- Patrik Elias and Ray Whitney showed they still had something to give, piling up 78 and 77 points, respectively
- Scott Hartnell became a serious fantasy factor. Paired with Giroux, he put up 37 goals on top of 136 PIMs
- Radim Vrbata was among the league leaders in goals through the first 3/4 of the season, before fading…
- Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel brought fantasy relevance back to Toronto
- Alex Ovechkin and the Caps disappeared.
- Marian Gaborik played 82 games
THE (LONG AND PAINFUL) OFF SEASON
- Jordan Staal joined big brother and looks to get a more prominent top line center role
- The Minnesota Wild claimed the big double-whammy, signing Parise and Suter
- Rick Nash finally found his way out of Columbus and into New York
- Tomas Vokoun was brought into Pittsburgh to spur Fleury on to post-season success
- Anders Lindback became the man in the Tampa net
- The decline in Detroit is eminent. Lidstrom has finally hung 'em up. With Stuart gone, too, look for the playoff streak to end.
- Lubomir Visnovsky was dealt to the Isles, against his wishes, went to Russia, and may never come back
- Alex Semin will try to reignite his scoring touch, moving to divisional rival Carolina
- Ryan Kesler remains on the shelf in Vancouver with no timeline for return from wrist and should woes
- Marian Hossa appears to be recovered from the concussion that ended his playoffs
- Anze Kopitar injured his knee last week and may need a month to recover
- Rick Nash injured his groin in December, but should be ready to make his Rangers debut on time
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