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Expansion into Seattle would provide opportunity for radical realignment
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Seattle is making its case to become the NHL's 32nd team. Formally invited to apply for an expansion franchise, Seattle is expected to submit a bid backed by billionaire David Bonderman and film producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Seattle would mark the NHL's first entry into the Pacific Northwest and bring geographic parity to a league that […]

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The NHL Centennial Exhibit motors into Tampa
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For the better part of the last year, the NHL's Centennial Fan Arena Tour has been meandering across the U.S. and Canada. Finally, eleven months after they started, the trucks end up in Tampa. From Thursday to Saturday the NHL will set up shop in front of Amalie Arena (specifically in the Silver

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Devils jump into first place in Metro with win over Blue Jackets
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The New Jersey Devils stand alone atop the NHL’s most competitive division. With an impressive 4-1 road victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, the Devils leapfrogged their opponent for top spot in the Metropolitan – an outcome no one could have predicted more than a quarter-way through the schedule considering New Jersey […]

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Canucks hope to ride momentum into game vs. 'Canes
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The hype meter is turned down. Like the Leafs, the Hurricanes rarely visit Vancouver. The implications will be much lower than they were when the Canucks eked out a 2-1 win with many in the crowd wearing Leafs jerseys.

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How Jonathan Huberdeau evolved into an elite forward
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In the second period of Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers, Florida Panthers winger Jonathan Huberdeau gave fans a glimpse of what he does best – and showed off a new wrinkle that has helped transform him into one of the game's most dangerous forwards: First, the familiar: After corralling an arcing pass […]

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Price helps Canadiens climb into playoff spot with 4th straight win
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The postseason doesn’t start for a very long time, but the Montreal Canadiens are temporarily, and somewhat improbably, in a playoff spot. Carey Price continued his strong play since recovering from injury, making 28 saves on 31 shots to lift the Canadiens to a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. Montreal […]

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Coyotes hope to ease former top-3 pick Dylan Strome into NHL at wing
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Coyotes invested a lot in Dylan Strome when they used the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft to select him. Every step of Strome's development has been taken with that investment in mind. The Coyotes sent Strome back to Erie of the Ontario Hockey League for the 2015-16 season

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Sabres skid into home game against Oilers
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The Buffalo Sabres could use a win more than ever. The struggling Sabres held a team-only meeting after the game, and both players and coaches didn't hold back afterward. The Sabres (5-13-4) will get a shot at some redemption on Friday in a home game against the Edmonton Oilers.

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NHL's unofficial playoff predictor: Reading into the standings at Thanksgiving milepost
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Is it possible to predict the NHL playoff field in November? Not exactly, but that hasn't stopped the practice from becoming a league-wide tradition in the last decade as each season reaches its all-telling U.S. Thanksgiving landmark. Since the salary cap came into play in 2005-06, teams in a playoff

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Sabres hope to carry momentum into game vs. Panthers
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The Buffalo Sabres found their form in a rare home win against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. Friday's matchup is between the two bottom teams in the Eastern Conference, with the Sabres (5-8-2) two points ahead of the Panthers (4-8-2). "As a group, we can learn from this," Buffalo center Jack Eichel said after […]

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5 players who could move into trade spotlight following Duchene deal
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Scratch Matt Duchene off the list. Following the deal that made the former Colorado Avalanche center a member of the Ottawa Senators, the NHL trade market will see five other star players move to the front burner. John Tavares The New York Islanders captain is just months away from free agency, and he’ll need a […]

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Wyshynski Weekly Reader: Alex Ovechkin wades into politics
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Greg Wyshynski ESPN Hello, and welcome to the Weekly Reader, which will run every Friday and collect news and views from around the hockey world on the week's biggest stories. Seen something worth highlighting here? Hit me at greg.wyshynski@espn.com, or do the same if you have suggestions for the

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