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Tuesday, September 25, 2001
Updated: October 3, 2:25 PM ET
What's hot, what's not
for 2001-02 NHL season


By Jim Wilkie
Page 2

We've said a fond Stanley Cup-filled farewell to Ray Bourque, and had our brief summer rest. Now it's October, so that means it's time for the start of another NHL season.

But if hockey hasn't been at the forefront of your sports thoughts lately, Page 2 has the answer to get you ready for the long season ahead. Check out our Pucks Primer to find out all you'll need to know -- at least for the first half of the season, because by January the music stops as the richer teams look for rent-a-players, and our thoughts will begin turning to the Salt Lake City Olympics.

To help you make your pool picks and show off to your friends, co-workers and dates, here's what's hot and what's not in the NHL:

Page 2's Hot 'n' Not list for NHL 2001-02
Category   Hot   Not
Art Ross favorite  
Jaromir Jagr
 
Mario Lemieux
Irritating ailment   Tendinitis   Kasparaitis
Vezina front-runner   Olaf Kolzig   Dominik Hasek
What, he's coaching again?   Robbie Ftorek   Mike Keenan
Sweater  
Blues
 
Blue Jackets
Hart and soul   Joe Sakic   Alexei Yashin
Organ   United Center's   Spleen
Expansion team to worry about  
Predators
 
Blue Jackets
Original Six club   Red Wings   Blackhawks
Teen sensation  
Ilya Kovalchuk
 
Jason Spezza
Devoted fans   Sharks   Hurricanes
Celebrity fan   Cuba Gooding Jr.   Kurt Russell
Cruel joke   "Be a Player," with Eric Lindros   Tampa Bay Lightning
Brothers  
Pavel and
Valeri Bure
 
Daniel and
Henrik Sedin
Sutter  
Darryl
 
Brian
Unstoppable force   Todd Bertuzzi   Rick Tocchet
Pest   Ville Nieminen   Claude Lemieux
Enforcer  
Krzysztof Oliwa
 
Andre Roy
Olympic village pastime   Team-building   Room-trashing
New York team  
Islanders
 
Rangers
Islanders dream   Making playoffs   Yashin not showing up for playoffs
Young gun finally blossoming into superstar   Joe Thornton   Rob Niedermayer
Sincere best wishes in your new home  
Adam Graves
 
Chris Osgood
Fantasy sleeper   Mikael Renberg   Alexei Zhamnov
Fantasy owner   Charles Wang   Bill Wirtz
Big year coming, just in time for unrestricted free agency   Curtis Joseph   Tony Amonte
Cup-less sentimental favorite to root for  
Ray Ferraro
 
Dave Andreychuk
Candidate to move to Portland, Ore.   Oilers   Islanders
Date   March 30, Lemieux scores 700th career goal, at Montreal   Dec. 21, Jagr returns to Pittsburgh
Candidate to fall back to Earth, à la Brian Boucher  
Johan Hedberg
 
Evgeni Nabokov
Gutsy Cup prediction   Blues over Maple Leafs   Devils over Avalanche

Jim Wilkie is an editor for Page 2.