NHL 2013-14 preview: Around the league

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 30, 2013 - 9:31 PM

Former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is now with Detroit.

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Senators change stars

Longtime Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson scoffed at a contract extension to remain in Ottawa for a chance to win the Stanley Cup in Detroit. The Red Wings also signed former Florida Panther Stephen Weiss. After years of rumors, Anaheim finally traded Bobby Ryan, to Ottawa as General Manager Bryan Murray reacted immediately to losing Alfredsson by acquiring the younger goal scorer.

Bruins juggle it up

As part of a blockbuster package, Boston dealt young, talented Tyler Seguin to Dallas for Loui Eriksson. Nathan Horton left Boston for the quiet confines of Columbus.

 

Leafs address the net

The Toronto Maple Leafs finally got their goalie in Jonathan Bernier, signed David Clarkson from New Jersey (he’s suspended the first 10 games) and traded with Chicago for Dave Bolland.

Wild happenings

The Wild traded Devin Setoguchi to Winnipeg, Cal Clutterbuck to the Islanders, let Matt Cullen leave via free agency and signed notorious Matt Cooke and acquired Nino Niederreiter. Cullen went to Nashville, which also signed Viktor Stalberg, Matt Hendricks and Eric Nystrom. Pierre-Marc Bouchard also is now an Isle.

Moving around

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier (left) was bought out and signed with the Flyers. Mike Ribeiro is a Coyote, Brenden Morrow a Blue, and the Oilers got David Perron from St. Louis. Oh, and Ilya Kovalchuk “retired” from the Devils, who signed Ryane Clowe, Jaromir Jagr and Damien Brunner.

COACHING MERRY-GO-ROUND

We’ll see about that

Essentially, John Tortorella (right) and Alain Vigneault (far right) were traded for each other. Tortorella was fired by the Rangers and hired by the Vancouver Canucks; Vigneault was fired by the Canucks and hired by the Rangers. Tortorella said he’ll be kindler, gentler with the media, except when cellphones go off in news conferences. Then he vows to “walk.”

 

New voices

Longtime Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff went to Dallas, hired by new GM Jim Nill, long an influence with the Red Wings brass. Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy will coach Colorado. Dallas Eakins is now in Edmonton with former coach Craig MacTavish running the show. Jon Cooper now coaches Tampa Bay, and Brian Burke is now President in Calgary, meaning GM Jay Feaster is clearly on the hot seat.

 

ABOUT THAT PLAYOFF FORMAT

• There are 14 teams in the West, 16 in the East. Eight from each conference will make the postseason.

• There are four divisions — the Pacific, Central, Atlantic (that bizarrely includes none of the five former Atlantic teams) and the absurdly-named Metropolitan. The top three teams from each division qualify for the playoffs. The two additional playoff spots in each conference, designated as wild cards, will be awarded to the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference, ranked on the basis of regular-season points and regardless of division.

• So, theoretically in each conference, you can have five playoff qualifiers from one division and three from the other. The first round of the playoffs is purely in-division. The second-round will be, too, provided four teams from a division make the playoffs.

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Minnesota 16 FINAL
Buffalo 17
Atlanta 7 FINAL
Baltimore 29
Tennessee 17 FINAL
Washington 19
Seattle 26 FINAL
St. Louis 28
Cleveland 6 FINAL
Jacksonville 24
Cincinnati 0 FINAL
Indianapolis 27
Miami 27 FINAL
Chicago 14
New Orleans 23 FINAL
Detroit 24
Carolina 17 FINAL
Green Bay 38
Kansas City 23 FINAL
San Diego 20
Arizona 24 FINAL
Oakland 13
NY Giants 21 FINAL
Dallas 31
San Francisco 17 FINAL
Denver 42
Houston 10/20/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
San Diego 10/23/14 7:25 PM
Denver
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Atlanta
Boston 95 FINAL
Brooklyn 90
Minnesota 112 FINAL
Oklahoma City 94
Golden State 83 FINAL
Houston 90
Charlotte 96 FINAL
Chicago 101
Utah 91 FINAL
LA Lakers 98
Minnesota 1 FINAL
Los Angeles 2
San Jose 0 FINAL
NY Rangers 4
Calgary 4 FINAL
Winnipeg 1
St. Louis 0 FINAL
Anaheim 3
TX-San Antonio 20 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 27
Syracuse 30 FINAL
Wake Forest 7
Purdue 38 FINAL
Minnesota 39
Western Ky 38 FINAL
Fla Atlantic 45
(12) Baylor 27 FINAL
(22) West Virginia 41
(11) Kansas State 31 FINAL
(17) Oklahoma 30
Iowa 31 FINAL
Maryland 38
So Florida 38 FINAL
Tulsa 30
Tulane 13 FINAL
UCF 20
Virginia 13 FINAL
Duke 20
Akron 20 FINAL
Ohio U 23
Western Mich 26 FINAL
Bowling Green 14
Eastern Mich 14 FINAL
Massachusetts 36
Appalachian St 53 FINAL
Troy 14
(25) UCLA 36 FINAL
California 34
Texas A&M 0 FINAL
(4) Alabama 59
Army 17 FINAL
Kent State 39
Kansas 21 FINAL
Texas Tech 34
UAB 22 FINAL
Middle Tennessee 34
Rutgers 17 FINAL
(13) Ohio State 56
(8) Michigan State 56 FINAL
Indiana 17
New Mexico 31 FINAL
Air Force 35
NC State 18 FINAL
Louisville 30
(21) Clemson 17 FINAL
Boston College 13
Ball State 32 FINAL
Central Mich 29
Cincinnati 41 FINAL
SMU 3
(9) Georgia 45 FINAL
Arkansas 32
Oklahoma State 9 FINAL
(10) TCU 42
San Jose St 27 FINAL
Wyoming 20
Miami-Ohio 41 FINAL
Northern Ill 51
New Mexico St 17 FINAL
Idaho 29
Colorado 28 FINAL
(20) USC 56
(23) Marshall 45 FINAL
FIU 13
Southern Miss 30 FINAL
North Texas 20
Georgia Tech 43 FINAL
North Carolina 48
Tennessee 3 FINAL
(3) Ole Miss 34
Utah State 13 FINAL
Colorado State 16
Missouri 42 FINAL
Florida 13
Kentucky 3 FINAL
(24) LSU 41
(16) Nebraska 38 FINAL
Northwestern 17
Georgia State 27 FINAL
South Alabama 30
Washington 20 FINAL
(6) Oregon 45
Iowa State 45 FINAL
Texas 48
(7) Notre Dame 27 FINAL
(2) Florida State 31
Nevada 42 FINAL
BYU 35
Stanford 10 FINAL
(14) Arizona State 26
Hawaii 10 FINAL
San Diego St 20
Arkansas State 10/21/14 7:00 PM
Louisiana
Connecticut 10/23/14 6:00 PM
(18) East Carolina
Miami-Florida 10/23/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
So Florida 10/24/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Troy 10/24/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
BYU 10/24/14 8:00 PM
Boise State
(6) Oregon 10/24/14 9:00 PM
California
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rice
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Arkansas
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Wisconsin
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
SMU
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
Virginia
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Navy
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Toledo
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Stanford
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Pittsburgh
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
UCF
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
Tennessee
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Washington
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Hawaii
Columbus 3 FINAL
Red Bull New York 1
Seattle 2 FINAL
Los Angeles 2
Ottawa 6 FINAL
Hamilton 16
Montreal 20 FINAL
Toronto 12
Calgary 33 FINAL
Winnipeg 23
Edmonton 24 FINAL
Saskatchewan 19
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