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SCOUTING REPORT
October 13, 2003
Hasek returns, joins red wings! Kariya and Selanne together again! Alas, though, the most recurrent headline of the coming season will be NHL LABOR NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE. Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players' Association chief Bob Goodenow have until Sept. 15, 2004, to work out a collective-bargaining agreement, or a lockout is probable. The sticking point? The league wants, in Bettman's words, "cost certainty" (translation: salary cap); the union wants the status quo. � We won't try to predict how those negotiations will turnout, but here's how SI sees this season: The fabulous Avalanche, with Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne, will be the most exciting team to watch since the Pittsburgh Penguins of the early 1990s. But Dominik Hasek will lead the venerable Red Wings to the finals. Then the Ottawa Senators will turn back Detroit to win the Stanley Cup.
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October 13, 2003

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How They'll Finish

EASTERN CONFERENCE

ATLANTIC DIVISION

SI'S RANKING

1. New Jersey Devils*

3

2. Philadelphia Flyers*

6

3. New York Islanders*

18

4. New York Rangers

19

5. Pittsburgh Penguins

30

NORTHEAST DIVISION

1. Ottawa Senators*

1

2. Boston Bruins*

10

3. Toronto Maple Leafs*

13

4. Buffalo Sabres

20

5. Montreal Canadiens

23

SOUTHEAST DIVISION

1. Tampa Bay Lightning*

15

2. Washington Capitals*

16

3. Carolina Hurricanes

21

4. Florida Panthers

27

5. Atlanta Thrashers

28

WESTERN CONFERENCE

CENTRAL DIVISION

1. Detroit Red Wings*

2

2. St. Louis Blues*

8

3. Nashville Predators

22

4. Columbus Blue Jackets

25

5. Chicago Blackhawks

26

NORTHWEST DIVISION

1. Colorado Avalanche*

4

2. Vancouver Canucks*

5

3. Minnesota Wild*

12

4. Edmonton Oilers

14

5. Calgary Flames

24

PACIFIC DIVISION

1. Dallas Stars*

7

2. Anaheim Mighty Ducks*

9

3. Los Angeles Kings*

11

4. San Jose Sharks

17

5. Phoenix Coyotes

29

*Playoff Team

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Ottawa over New Jersey

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Detroit over Colorado

STANLEY CUP CHAMPION

Ottawa over Detroit
The SI team rankings, which rate the clubs from 1 to 30 in six categories, were compiled by Pierre McGuire, who also wrote the Insider Notes with each scouting report.

Hasek returns, joins red wings! Kariya and Selanne together again! Alas, though, the most recurrent headline of the coming season will be NHL LABOR NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE. Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players' Association chief Bob Goodenow have until Sept. 15, 2004, to work out a collective-bargaining agreement, or a lockout is probable. The sticking point? The league wants, in Bettman's words, "cost certainty" (translation: salary cap); the union wants the status quo. � We won't try to predict how those negotiations will turnout, but here's how SI sees this season: The fabulous Avalanche, with Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne, will be the most exciting team to watch since the Pittsburgh Penguins of the early 1990s. But Dominik Hasek will lead the venerable Red Wings to the finals. Then the Ottawa Senators will turn back Detroit to win the Stanley Cup.

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