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Penguins cool with starting season sans third-line center
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For their last two seasons – both of which ended with a Stanley Cup championship – the Pittsburgh Penguins had stability in the stable of centers: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin anchoring the top six, Nick Bonino starring with the HBK Line and then playing dependable hockey, and old man Matt Cullen holding down the […]

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Detroit teams fury at right-wing logo use
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The Detroit Lions and Detroit Red Wings are furious that their logos have been used in pro alt-right signs during the chaotic riots in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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NHL: Duluth's Toninato signs with Avalanche
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The 6-foot-2, 200-pound center registered 29 points (16 goals, 13 assists) in 42 games, helping the Bulldogs capture their first NCHC title and advancing to the NCAA Division I Frozen Four championship game. He was named to the NCHC all-tournament team alongside current Avalanche forward Tyson Jost and

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Could NHL Find a Home in Kansas City?
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With a successful minor league club in the ECHL's Kansas City Mavericks and a solid downtown arena, some are wondering if Kansas City could be an option for the NHL.  Kansas City's hockey scene is currently served by the Mavericks, a club that is owned by Lamar Hunt Jr. and plays at Independence

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Will Butcher met with 5 teams on 1st day of NHL free agency
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The Sabres, Golden Knights, and Devils were among teams to talk with the 2017 Hobey Baker winner. The 2017 Hobey Baker winner, given to college hockey’s best player, hit the open market at midnight on Wednesday after declining to sign an entry-level contract with the Avalanche. The Buffalo Sabres,

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3 ways the NHL would change if it was uncapped
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The NHL salary cap was implemented ahead of the 2005-06 season, with the aim of creating more parity by preventing the richest franchises in the biggest markets from simply outbidding their competitors for top talent. But what if that change was undone and teams were no longer restricted by a spending limit? Here are three […]

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Sharks' Couture updates facial injury: 'My top teeth are all fake now'
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San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture has offered a gruesome update on a facial fracture suffered last season. During a March 26 game against the Nashville Predators, a deflected Brent Burns shot caught Couture in the mouth, forcing him to race off the ice to the dressing room. It caused substantial damage to Couture’s teeth, […]

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Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson: 'Would be a huge honor' if named captain
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While Oliver Ekman-Larsson has long been a leader for the Arizona Coyotes, this season his jersey might finally reflect that. The club is reportedly set to hand the "C" to Ekman-Larsson – now that Shane Doan won't be back – and for the 26-year-old, it's a privilege he never envisioned, but one he certainly welcomes. […]

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Who's next: 4 young duos that could get paid like McDavid-Draisaitl
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The signings of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl made a statement to front offices around the NHL: Get your pocketbooks ready. Related: Oilers sign Draisaitl to 8-year, $68M extension This summer, the Edmonton Oilers committed to dishing out $168 million to lock down their two franchise players for the foreseeable future. Regardless of the price […]

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3 goalies who'll be on a short leash next season
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Few positions in pro hockey are as hotly debated as goaltending, and for good reason – starting netminders can make or break a team’s season in a matter of weeks. Before the latter situation comes to fruition, though, 'tenders usually lose their starting duties to a goalie who's been deemed more capable of getting the […]

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Guide to every NHL team's prospects
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Guide to every NHL team’s prospects

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Cullen explains why he chose Wild over Penguins
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If you check out a bio on Matt Cullen, you’ll notice that he’s from Minnesota. It doesn’t take a leak, then, to explain why Cullen signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. As Cullen explained to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “this is a family decision.” As he goes deeper into […]

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