Rookie defenseman Karl Alzner will make an impact in
Washington.... Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette is on the hot seat right out
of the gate.... Here's one guarantee in Tampa: With all of the egos on the
Lightning, win or lose, the team will never be boring.... The best new coach in
the NHL is Florida's Peter DeBoer, a skilled motivator who knows how to mold
young players.... The Thrashers were right to spend the No. 3 pick of June's
draft on defenseman Zach Bogosian. At 18 the well-rounded talent could be a
difference maker this season.