Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI/Getty Images

Hall of Fame debate: Joe Thornton

Even if he never wins a Stanley Cup, is Sharks veteran Joe Thornton destined for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Rich Lam/Getty Images
1hScott Burnside

Who is the Canucks' most important player?

His twin and linemate, Daniel Sedin, will be along for the ride, but it's Henrik Sedin who will determine much of the Canucks' fate this season.

Denis Brodeur/Getty Images
21hSean McIndoe

Grantland: Arbour more than a pair of glasses

Whether collecting Stanley Cups as a player (four) or a coach (four more), the bespectacled Al Arbour was the ultimate winner and the leader of the kinds of teams we'll never see again.

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
4dESPN.com staff

Remembering Hall of Famer Al Arbour

Legendary Islanders coach Al Arbour is remembered by the hockey community following his passing at the age of 82.

Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images
4dESPN.com staff

Top tweets of summer

What do NHL players do during the offseason? Tweet! Here are some of our favorite social media posts from the summer.

Michael Martin/NHLI/Getty Images
4dCraig Custance

Who is the Red Wings' most important player?

Assuming he can stay healthy, no one will have more to do with the Detroit Red Wings' success than 37-year-old two-way dynamo Pavel Datsyuk.

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
4dBen Arledge

Arledge: Teams best-, worst-suited for 3-on-3 OT

Which teams are best-suited for 3-on-3 overtime this season? Which teams look like they'll struggle? We project each team's two lines, then rank them 1-30.

Harry How/Getty Images
5dKatie Strang

Hall of Fame debate: Dave Andreychuk

Dave Andreychuk forged -- and sustained -- a fantastic career through hard work and determination, so does that earn him a spot in the Hall of Fame?

Jen Fuller/Getty Images
5dSean McIndoe

Grantland: Five NHL rules you need to know

So, you think know the NHL rule book front to back? Well, get a load of these hidden loopholes that rarely -- and in some case never -- come up in actual games.

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
5dScott Burnside

Who is the Wild's most important player?

The Wild are poised to take the next step as Cup contenders, but that won't happen without meaningful contributions from Thomas Vanek.

Len Redkoles/Getty Images
6dScott Burnside

Who is the Senators' most important player?

Erik Karlsson electrifies the crowd, lights it up on offense and has a few Norris trophies, making him the perfect leader for the young Senators.

Denis Brodeur/Getty Images
7dScott Powers

Hall of Fame debate: Steve Larmer

There's no doubt Steve Larmer was productive throughout his career with the Blackhawks, but does he deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?

Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images
8dMatthew Coller

Coller: Regression candidates for 2015-16

Getting an early start on your fantasy hockey draft preparation? Here are 15 players bound for regression that you should avoid.

Scott Audette/NHLI/Getty Images
7dScott Burnside

Who is the Jets' most important player?

The Jets are looking to build on last season's playoff appearance, and young defenseman Jacob Trouba's rise is a key component of that quest.

Gregory Shamus/NHLI/Getty Images
8dScott Burnside

Who is the Penguins' most important player?

Having one of the best players in the world is great, but the Penguins will only return to contender status if Kris Letang dominates on the blue line.

Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images
12dKatie Strang

Hall of Fame debate: Theo Fleury

Theo Fleury defied the odds in building an impressive career despite the deck being stacked against him, but is he Hall of Fame worthy?

ESPN Illustration
11dPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: Which cities' teams look marvelous?

Of the 20 cities with three or more major pro sports teams, which has the best-dressed batch? Uni Watch crunches the numbers to determine the best-looking sports cities. No. 1 on the list might leave you thinking, "How do you like them apples?"

AP Photo/Keystone/Patrick B. Kraemer
7dJulie Robenhymer

Team USA assembles dream coaching staff for world juniors

Ron Wilson will be back behind the bench to lead the U.S. at the 2016 World Junior Championship, and he's rounded out his supporting cast with some Stanley Cup champions.


The NHL's Great One on tennis' Great One

Wayne Gretzky, one of hockey's most decorated players, says of Serena Williams: "She deserves all the accolades she's getting. She's fun to watch."


Bobby Ryan @b_ryan9

Wanted to wish a very special Happy Birthday to my favorite fan from the west coast! @Ducks54 I hope you have a great day!!

Rich Cimini @RichCimini

Jets DE Sheldon Richardson pleaded not guilty today in St. Louis to charge of resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. Trial set for Oct. 5. #nyj