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NHL's new rule has turned coach's challenge into blackjack
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What was once an effort two years ago by the NHL to maintain some league-wide integrity through the utilization of video replay to correct potentially incorrect calls has now extended well beyond that. It was only a matter of time before a coach would be burned by an incorrect challenge. When asked during the preseason […]

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Babcock: Devils skated Leafs ‘into the ground’
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In a battle of two unbeaten NHL teams, the New Jersey Devils prevailed on Wednesday, handing the Toronto Maple Leafs a 6-3 defeat. After the game, Babcock said his team (now 3-1-0) was “skated into the ground” by the upstart Devils. “Hockey’s fair, you get what you deserve,” Babcock said.

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Eichel spurred by new deal to transform Sabres into winners
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Jack Eichel joined his Buffalo Sabres teammates in forming a circle around center ice to begin a pre-practice stretching routine Wednesday, when he suddenly felt Jason Pominville give him a nudge. It was the veteran forward's polite way of congratulating Eichel a day after agreeing to an eight-year, $80 million contract extension . It was […]

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Morning Skate: Hamilton settles into quiet life in Calgary
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what Im reading, while NHL training camps wind to a close soon.

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Devils' Hynes: Hischier has played his way into top-6 role
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There’s no question as to whether Nico Hischier will play in the NHL this season. The 2017 first overall draft pick has put on a show during the preseason, scoring four goals in as many games and leading the New Jersey Devils with seven points. As a result, he’s played his way into a prominent […]

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Rangers go into new season with retooled D, influx of youth
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After a second-round playoff exit last spring, the New York Rangers knew they needed to make some changes. Some veterans were jettisoned and the defense was shored up with the signing of top free agent Kevin Shattenkirk and the influx of some younger players. The offensive-minded Shattenkirk, signed to a four-year, $26.6 million deal, has […]

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Lots of new faces for Chicago Blackhawks heading into season
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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS LAST SEASON: 50-23-9, 109 points. Won Central Division. Swept by Nashville Predators in first round of playoffs. COACH: Joel Quenneville (10th season, 21st NHL season). ADDED: F Brandon Saad, F Patrick Sharp, F Tommy Wingels, D Connor

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Vancouver Canucks lead NHL foray into China
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About to turn 37 years old, Henrik Sedin didn't sound overly thrilled about the prospect of having to fly across the Pacific Ocean to play a couple of exhibition games ahead of the gruelling NHL season. The captain of the Vancouver Canucks at the same time also understands what getting a foothold

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The NHL's top 4 defense corps heading into 2017-18
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In today's run-and-gun, fast-paced NHL, we sometimes forget that icing a formidable defensive unit is just as crucial as having a dynamic forward group. Clubs across the league are always looking for the right mix on the back end. Combining defensive-minded players with others who like to jump up and get pucks on net is […]

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Sabres' Bogosian hopes Housley will help tap into his offensive potential
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When the Atlanta Thrashers drafted Zach Bogosian third overall in 2008 – one spot behind Drew Doughty and one ahead of Alex Pietrangelo – many observers would have been hard-pressed to believe that in 534 NHL games, he'd have just 169 points. Here was Bogosian, a towering 18-year-old defenseman who could skate like the wind. […]

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Steven Stamkos expects ‘no restrictions’ heading into Lightning camp
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As Stamkos told reporters including the Tampa Bay Times’ Joe Smith, he realizes after years of puzzling injury woes and even surgery, that he doesn’t totally know what “100 percent is” any longer. Maybe to the point that it might make it difficult for some to ignore the advice of PHT’s Cam Tucker in tempering […]

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4 players who will turn analytics success into elite fantasy stats
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The following players are already adequate fantasy performers, but some basic analytics suggest they could make the leap from good to great this season if some more bounces go their way. Aaron Ekblad, Panthers Ekblad had a strange season. He played a career-low 68 games but set a career high with 225 shots. His career […]

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