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Ed Fraser of The Hockey News Checks In

If you do not subscribe to it already, The Hockey News is simply the top hockey publication out there. It is the perfect fit for any hockey fan or hockey team fan and is something that will always provide for top-quality hockey reading.

With that in mind, Hockey News Managing Editor Ed Fraser, who I have interviewed for Kukla’s Korner before, was kind enough to answer some questions about the offseason as well as what is to come for the NHL in 2011-12:

PH: If you had to pick one word to describe the hockey offseason this year, what would it be? Why?
EF: Loss. It’s a shame that’s the word that comes to mind, but all positives that have come out of the summer have been overshadowed by the shocking Lokomotiv plane crash and the deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak.

PH: There was a lot of tragedy this offseason in the sport. How do you think everyone will come together this season to help get over it, heal, and move on?
EF: That’s one of the beautiful things about hockey: in a sport that is so violent and necessitates the hatred of all wearing colors other than your own, it is paradoxically an extremely tight community that pushes aside partisan pride in times like these.

PH: Now onto some actual hockey talk, which teams impressed you this offseason with their moves? Why?
EF: Washington is certainly one. They brought in, at the right price, some key players who I believe will work well with the current core. I also liked what Kings did. This has been a “next year” team for too long and GM Dean Lombardi deserves credit for taking a “win now” attitude this summer.

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