The new NHL.com is up and running and its more fan friendly than ever. You can make your own personal profile. Here is mine. While the opening page on the new site is still a disaster (too much information in a small space), the site is cleaner and much whiter.
Be sure to check out the blogs section, there is where you will find the different groups and sign up. And if you were curious, as of 4:10 pm Oct. 3rd, there are more members of the Capitals group than any other team group (6 of us). Caps fans are coming out of the woodwork.
Also, my third article on Writeonsports.com is on the main page previewing the Eastern Conference. Hopefully some one gets out a Western one, for I have run out of time. Just one more day!