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SCOUTING REPORTS
October 08, 2001
Avalanche star Peter Forsberg stayed home, seemingly the only marquee player who did during the NHL's wild off-season. Forsberg took an indefinite leave of absence from the Stanley Cup champions to recover after a splenectomy and some lesser ravages of the game, a sabbatical that muddies a Cup picture already clouded by a summer of musical personnel. Dominik Hasek, Brett Hull (left) and Luc Robitaille joined the Red Wings. Pierre Turgeon left the Blues for the Stars and was replaced in St. Louis by the estimable Doug Weight. Eric Lindros finally received a ticket out of Philadelphia (to the division rival Rangers), while the Flyers retooled, most prominently by adding Jeremy Roenick. Improbably, Alexei Yashin and Michael Peca happily joined the hapless Islanders. In an even bigger head scratcher, the Capitals acquired five-time scoring champion Jaromir Jagr from the Penguins for three players you've never heard of.
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October 08, 2001

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How They'll Finish

EASTERN CONFERENCE

ATLANTIC DIVISION

SI'S RANKING

1. Philadelphia Flyers*

2

2. New Jersey Devils*

6

3. Pittsburgh Penguins*

13

4. New York Islanders

18

5. New York Rangers

20

NORTHEAST DIVISION

1. Toronto Maple Leafs*

9

2. Boston Bruins*

10

3. Ottawa Senators*

12

4. Buffalo Sabres*

14

5. Montreal Canadiens

26

SOUTHEAST DIVISION

1. Washington Capitals*

5

2. Carolina Hurricanes

17

3. Florida Panthers

21

4. Tampa Bay Lightning

22

5. Atlanta Thrashers

30

WESTERN CONFERENCE

CENTRAL DIVISION

1. Detroit Red Wings*

1

2. St. Louis Blues*

8

3. Nashville Predators

19

4. Columbus Blue Jackets

23

5. Chicago Blackhawks

24

NORTHWEST DIVISION

1. Colorado Avalanche*

3

2. Edmonton Oilers*

15

3. Vancouver Canucks*

16

4. Calgary Flames

27

5. Minnesota Wild

28

PACIFIC DIVISION

1. Dallas Stars*

4

2. San Jose Sharks*

7

3. Los Angeles Kings*

11

4. Phoenix Coyotes

25

5. Anaheim Mighty Ducks

29

*PLAYOFF TEAM

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Philadelphia over Washington

WESTERN CONFERENCECE FINALS

Detroit over Colorado

STANLEY CUP FINALS

Detroit over Philadelphia

Avalanche star Peter Forsberg stayed home, seemingly the only marquee player who did during the NHL's wild off-season. Forsberg took an indefinite leave of absence from the Stanley Cup champions to recover after a splenectomy and some lesser ravages of the game, a sabbatical that muddies a Cup picture already clouded by a summer of musical personnel. Dominik Hasek, Brett Hull (left) and Luc Robitaille joined the Red Wings. Pierre Turgeon left the Blues for the Stars and was replaced in St. Louis by the estimable Doug Weight. Eric Lindros finally received a ticket out of Philadelphia (to the division rival Rangers), while the Flyers retooled, most prominently by adding Jeremy Roenick. Improbably, Alexei Yashin and Michael Peca happily joined the hapless Islanders. In an even bigger head scratcher, the Capitals acquired five-time scoring champion Jaromir Jagr from the Penguins for three players you've never heard of.

However, with Hasek solving Detroit's goaltending woes, the Red Wings, despite having eight key players 35 or older, will be sitting with the Cup when this game of musical personnel concludes next June.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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