In Part 2 of his two-part series, E.J. Hradek creates rebuilding plans for the non-playoff teams in the Western Conference, looking at what went wrong for each this season and what their next steps should be.
E.J. Hradek fields reader questions in this week's "Five for Friday," answering queries on Brad Richards' future with the Dallas Stars, the lack of attention paid to the Boston Bruins' David Krejci and the New York Rangers' playoff hopes.
E.J. Hradek takes his weekly dip into the mailbag, fielding questions on the Florida Panthers' trade plans for Bryan McCabe, the title chances of the San Jose Sharks and new Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula.
E.J. Hradek takes to the stat sheet to break down and rank the performances of the NHL's best rookies over the past two months of the season. Standouts include Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders and Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks.
E.J. Hradek dips into his mailbag to answer questions on the Phoenix Coyotes' playoff chances, the fate of the Buffalo Sabres' leadership, and the chances of Peter Forsberg returning to the NHL this season.
E.J. Hradek offers 10 thoughts on NHL All-Star weekend, including the draft format (with ways to improve), Raleigh's emergence as a hockey city, Shea Weber and Nicklas Lidstrom's dominance on the ice, and more.
E.J. Hradek provides a list of five players who should be moved before the NHL's trade deadline. Topping the list is Ottawa Senators wing Daniel Alfredsson, who could fit in Pittsburgh, Nashville or Phoenix.