A few questions remain: WILL THERE BE A THREE-PEAT? Can the Detroit Red Wings repeat as Stanley Cup champions? What about the EAST CHALLENGERS? And who could make some noise in the NHL? Here’s a look at the teams to watch in 2021-22. You might be surprised. This article outlines the most important stories of the season.
The offseason is in the final stages, and by the time the NBA season begins, the starting lineups for most teams will already be known. While some teams have projected a sixty percent starter turnover, that may lead to an adjustment period in the early going. The same is true for the number of injured players, which is another potential cause for a significant adjustment period. But there are a few players who have the potential to become Hall of Famers and the Atlanta Hawks are one such group.
A team with a rich history can be difficult to predict. In 2021-22, there are several question marks surrounding the Islanders, who won their season opener in Tampa and will now have their top two forwards back. However, the Oilers could be a team to watch in 2022. They are an Eastern Conference contender with a great one-two punch, and have signed free agents like Zach Parise and Cory Schneider. In addition, they will have goalie Semyon Varlamov, Andy Greene and Zdeno Chara, and a healthy Anders Lee up front.
A new quarterback will be a key piece of the Seattle offense. The Seahawks had only one three-touchdown performance this season. The Seahawks should be closer to the top of the NFC West, but if they don’t, it might be a long season for them. The Rams and Niners have both been upgraded and have a healthy defense.
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TEAMS THAT COULD MAKE SOME NOISE
The SEC is starting to show its coaching power in basketball on the recruiting trail, and that’s helping to build a talented conference. The Missouri Tigers, under head coach Cuonzo Martin, are one of the few teams in SEC country that is turning things around. While the Crimson Tide were a surprise last year in the SEC, the Vanderbilt Commodores and the South Carolina Gamecocks were down years.
THE NHL NEW US TV DEAL
The National Hockey League is shifting its US TV rights from NBC to ESPN+ and ABC. While this is a significant deal for the NHL, it will only last for the 2021-2022 season. However, it will be a short-term solution for fans. They will still need to subscribe to ABC, ESPN, or ESPN+ to watch NHL games. If they are not interested in subscribing to either of those networks, they can watch NHL games on TNT.
The NHL announced in March that it was reaching a seven-year deal with ESPN and Disney. The agreement will span from the start of the 2021-22 season through the 2027-28 season. The deal is particularly important because it will bring the game back to Disney platforms and illustrate the NHL’s ability to reach millions of fans around the world. There are also some other exciting aspects for fans to look forward to.