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A brief history: Florida Panthers

Saturday, 08.14.2010 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Michael Stainkamp - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Florida Panthers joined the NHL in 1993, along with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, as part of NHL expansion.

The Panthers had one of the most successful first seasons by an expansion team, posting a 33-34-17 record. The team failed to make the playoffs in its first two seasons, and as a result coach Roger Neilson was fired. Doug MacLean was brought in and the team made its first playoff appearance in 1996.
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Panthers aim to end 10-year playoff drought

Saturday, 08.14.2010 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

Is this the year?

That was the tagline for a series of ads the NHL ran several years ago -- but it's also the question Florida Panthers fans seem to ask on an annual basis as the summer begins to wind down and the new hockey season beckons.

As in: Is this the year the Panthers finally make it back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and end a drought that extends all the way back to 2000, when Pavel Bure was the most feared goal-scorer in the League.
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A brief history: Colorado Avalanche

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Michael Stainkamp - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Colorado Avalanche franchise got its start in the National Hockey League in 1979 as the Quebec Nordiques, coming in along with the Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers and the Winnipeg Jets, who all left the World Hockey Association. The Nordiques moved to Colorado and became the Avs in 1995.

Before they moved to Colorado, however, the Nordiques were a bottom-feeding team from the 1987-88 season until 1991-92. They were the worst team in the NHL and with that came three consecutive No. 1 picks in the Entry Draft. They selected Mats Sundin (1989), Owen Nolan (1990) and Eric Lindros (1991). Lindros never suited up for the Nordiques due to a contract holdout and was traded to the Flyers in 1992 in exchange for five players, the rights to Swedish prospect Peter Forsberg, two first-round picks and $15 million.
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Avs simply reloaded in returning to playoff form

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Michael Stainkamp - NHL.com Staff Writer

So much for "rebuilding." The Colorado Avalanche opened eyes last season when they made the playoffs, simply because that doesn't happen often to a team coming off a last-place finish in its conference that has been given the "rebuilding" label.

With a wealth of young talent that includes second-year forwards Matt Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly and Brandon Yip, the Avalanche have a very bright future that is only getting brighter.

The front office decided against pursuing big-name veteran players this offseason, showing loyalty to the depth of the Avs system. They already have a solid core in place and want to allow those players to grow and develop together, while stockpiling more young talent through the Entry Draft.

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A brief history: Carolina Hurricanes

Saturday, 08.07.2010 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Michael Stainkamp - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Carolina Hurricanes joined the NHL in 1979 as the Hartford Whalers and moved to their current home in Raleigh, NC in 1997.

The Hurricanes brought immediate success during the 1998-99 season when they won the Southeast Division by 8 points and made their first playoff appearance since 1992. They were eliminated in the first round by the Boston Bruins.
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'Canes can't afford bad start in '10-11

Saturday, 08.07.2010 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Carolina Hurricanes dug themselves an early hole during the 2009-10 season, then spent the stretch run furiously trying to climb out of it.

From Jan. 21 through the end of the regular season, the Hurricanes posted a 21-10-3 record -- including wins over the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins and the soon-to-be champion Blackhawks, as well as a pair of victories over the Washington Capitals, who went on to claim the Presidents' Trophy.
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A brief history: Calgary Flames

Friday, 08.06.2010 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Michael Stainkamp - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Flames joined the NHL in 1971, originally playing in Atlanta. They joined the League along with the New York Islanders. The Flames were owned by Tom Cousins, the same man who owned the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. Cousins named the team the Flames after the fire resulting in the "March to the Sea" in the Civil War in which Atlanta was almost destroyed.

The Flames had the early jump on their expansion brethren, making the playoffs six out of the eight seasons they spent in Atlanta, while the Islanders only won 31 games in their first two seasons combined.
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Flames hope old faces will provide offense

Friday, 08.06.2010 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Michael Stainkamp - NHL.com Staff Writer

After struggling down the stretch of the 2009-10 season and failing to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Calgary Flames made some changes in personnel during the offseason.

In hopes of generating more offense, the Flames are turning to some familiar faces, having signed two former players, Alex Tanguay and Olli Jokinen shortly after free agency began. GM Darryl Sutter hopes the returning veterans will provide Calgary's leading scorer, Jarome Iginla, with some offensive support.

Tanguay knows Calgary, playing for the Flames from 2006-08. In his first season with the Flames, he put up a career-high 81 points and will be expected to provide offensive production to take some of the load off of Iginla.
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Sabres seek repeat performance atop Northeast

Thursday, 08.05.2010 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

What goes up, must come down. And vice versa.

While a recognizable adage, the notion more so tells the tale of the Buffalo Sabres, especially the past few years.

After reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in 2006 and 2007, the Sabres failed to make the playoffs the next two seasons, leaving fans, players and management wondering which direction the team was heading in. Fortunately for those involved, the Sabres found their groove and proved to be one of the more consistent teams in the NHL last season, finishing with 100 points.

But while the Sabres went on to capture the Northeast Division title, they were ousted in the first round, upset in six games by a sixth-seeded Boston Bruins team.
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A brief history: Anaheim Ducks

Monday, 08.02.2010 / 3:00 AM / 30 in 30

Michael Stainkamp - NHL.com Staff Writer

For those not up on their cinematic trivia, the Anaheim Ducks are the team that was inspired by the 1992 Disney movie The Mighty Ducks. In 1993, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim became an official team in the NHL and called the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim home -- these days it's known as the Honda Center.

In the 1993 Entry Draft, the Ducks selected Paul Kariya with the No. 4 pick and he soon became the face of the young franchise. The following year, they selected Steve Rucchin at No. 2 in the Supplemental Draft. Two years after that, they acquired Teemu Selanne, Marc Chouinard and a fourth-round pick from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Chad Kilger, Oleg Tverdovsky, and a third-round pick. This deal turned out to be a blockbuster and helped mold the Ducks into the team they are today.
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