Modano, Kovalev eager for fresh start

Now is the time for every player to prove himself, but some prominent names have a little more to prove.

Updated: April 7, 2004, 2:21 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
The NHL's second season offers a second chance for some players who just finished a campaign they'd rather forget or others who have had personal challenges in the past year.

Now is the time for every player to prove himself, but some prominent names have a little more to prove. While it's too late for a mulligan, the following players can at least show that 2003-04 was an aberration by stepping up in the Stanley Cup playoffs:

Teemu Selanne, right wing, Colorado Avalanche
Selanne hasn't fit in very well in his first year with the Avalanche, finishing his worst NHL season with career lows of 16 goals and 32 points. The former 76-goal-scorer played his way off the top two lines and was even a healthy scratch (twice, no less) for the first time in his career.


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