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An E-mail Interview on the NHL’s Off-season with NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman

With everything that has been going on around the NHL this off-season, I figured now was as good a time as any to see what NHL.com’s Deputy Managing Editor Adam Kimelman thought about all the moves, signings, deals, etc that has occurred this off-season.

PH: What are your general thoughts regarding what has happened so far this off-season whether it has been a trade, signing, draft pick, etc.?
AK: I think what really has stood out to me since July 1 is that there seems to be something new happening every day. The off-season seems to be shrinking by the day, and if you close your eyes for a minute, you’ll miss something noteworthy.

PH: How much of an impact do you think Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will have on the Minnesota Wild? Do these two signings automatically make the Wild a playoff team or is there still a lot of work to be done to make that happen? Why?
AK: I think brining in Parise and Suter, combined with what the Wild already had in Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatley and Niklas Backstrom, makes them a contender for the Northwest Division title. I think the additions of some very talented young players, especially Mikael Granlund and Charlie Coyle, also pushes them up the standings. Their defense after Suter isn’t proven, but between Marco Scandella, Tom Gilbert and Justin Falk, they have some pretty good building blocks.

PH: What kind of impact do you see Rick Nash having on the New York Rangers this season?
AK: I think you’ll see Nash back in the 35-40 goal range. He’s always excelled when playing around better players, whether it’s been the Olympics or All-Star Games. Having Brad Richards or Derek Stepan as his center, I think you’ll see an improved—and motivated—Rick Nash.

PH: With the Philadelphia Flyers missing out on both Shea Weber and Rick Nash, what do you think the Flyers will do to try and continue to improve their roster for the upcoming season?
AK: It wouldn’t surprise me if re-signing Jakub Voracek is the end of their off-season moves. GM Paul Holmgren said he doesn’t expect to be chasing any more restricted free agents, and the Flyers’ unwillingness to part with either Sean Couturier or Brayden Schenn has made trade talks difficult. They could add a lower-tier unrestricted free agent defenseman, but I don’t see them making any flashy moves.

PH: NHL.com continues to be a great stop for hockey fans everywhere. How will the site continue to make sure that it stays that way?
AK: At NHL.com we’ve long prided ourselves on being the No. 1 resource for fans of all 30 NHL teams, and we’ll continue to do that as the start of the 2012-13 season grows closer. August will see the return of our 30 in 30 series, where we take one day each month and give an in-depth analysis of each team.

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

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