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5 candidates to challenge Hischier, Patrick for the Calder Trophy
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Last season, NHL viewers were blessed with an extraordinary rookie class. Right from the get-go, 2016 top picks Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine led the way while emblazoning their identities as superstars. While Matthews' 40-goal campaign ultimately won him the top prize, Laine, along will fellow rookies William Nylander, Mitch Marner, Zach Werenski, and Matthew […]

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Eichel: Sabres 'think we can be a playoff team'
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Jack Eichel believes the Buffalo Sabres are bound to take a big step forward after last season's disappointment. Despite bringing in Kyle Okposo and Dmitry Kulikov last summer, the Sabres finished with the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference. Eichel insists the Sabres are still confident in themselves and expects this offseason's changes at the […]

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Marchenko, CSKA Moscow agree to 3-year deal
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Alexey Marchenko has indeed returned to the KHL. The former Toronto Maple Leafs defender signed a three-year deal with CSKA Moscow, the KHL announced Wednesday. The news comes after Marchenko's agent confirmed his client would return to Russia after the Maple Leafs placed the 25-year-old on waivers Tuesday. Marchenko played just 11 games with the […]

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Butcher an NHL free agent after not signing with Avalanche
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College hockey’s top player is an NHL free agent after former University of Denver defenseman Will Butcher allowed a deadline to pass without signing with the Colorado Avalanche.

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Top 100 NHL prospects for 2017-18
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Top 100 NHL prospects for 2017-18

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It’s Minnesota Wild day at PHT
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Depending upon how you look at 2016-17, Bruce Boudreau and the Minnesota Wild either exceeded expectations or did exactly as one might predict. On another bright side, players enjoyed career years (Mikael Granlund, Devan Dubnyk) and others seemed revitalized (Eric Staal, Mikko Koivu) under Boudreau. On the other hand, the Wild still fell in the […]

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Poll: Are the Wild a better team than they were last year?
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The Minnesota Wild looked incredible at the start of last season. Not many people expected them to get off to such a hot start, but at one point, it looked like they were going to run away with the Central Division. Not only did the Wild not win the division, they also suffered an ugly […]

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What if … Avalanche never matched Joe Sakic offer sheet? (NHL Alternate History)
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Note: It’s the NHL Alternate History project! We’ve asked fans and bloggers from 31 teams to pick one turning point in their franchise’s history and ask ‘what if things had gone differently?’ Trades, hirings, firings, wins, losses, injuries … all of it. What if Ray Bourque’s post-shot goes in in the dying seconds of the 2000 WCF? What if Ryan O’Reilly offer […]

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Steve Simmons thinks Phil Kessel is petty for Stanley Cup hot dog photo
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Pittsburgh Penguins star Phil Kessel performed a championship troll job during his day with the Stanley Cup this week, posing for a photo with the Cup filled with hot dogs. OK, it wasn’t “inexplicable,” in the sense that it could easily be explained as “fat shaming an athlete on his way out of town in […]

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Months after falling to Penguins, Capitals work to move past playoff letdown
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Sometimes, when a team falls short in a playoff run, it feels a bit melodramatic to throw around words like “devastation.” In the case of the Washington Capitals falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins – yet again – during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a little melodrama almost seems appropriate. NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti caught up with a […]

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ESPN analyst ranks Flyers' farm system No. 1 in NHL
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Throughout the offseason, we'll ask questions about the Flyers to our resident hockey analysts and see what they have to say. Going End to End today are CSNPhilly.com reporters John Boruk, Tom Dougherty, Jordan Hall and Greg Paone. The topic: Expectations for Ivan Provorov in Year 2. Boruk "He's the best player I've ever played […]

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Eichel on Sabres: ‘We think we can be a playoff team’
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With a cleaner bill of health, a management shakeup, and some off-season tweaks, the Buffalo Sabres stand as one of those tough teams to peg. “We think we can be really good,” Eichel said. “We think we can be a playoff team.

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