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David Desharnais thinks his best role is on the third line
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David Desharnais says that he thinks he can play throughout the lineup but that the "third line" is his "role." (La Presse) He said that he thinks that he can move around as the season goes on and that it's better to start on the third line and finish higher up than the other way […]

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Watch: Canada, Russia get in line brawl in Olympic tune-up tournament
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Even though it’s just a preseason for Team Russia-2 and Team Canada, it’s still good old time 🇷🇺 vs 🇨🇦 game. #SochiHockeyOpen pic.twitter.com/Tl84L5YdI0 — KHL (@khl_eng) August 7, 2017 An absence of NHLers at the Olympics won’t make the Canada-Russia rivalry any less intense. Canada and Russia-2 took part in the Sochi Hockey Open on […]

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Flames plan to start year with the Ferland, Monahan, Gaudreau line
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The Calgary Flames signed restricted free agent Micheal Ferland to a two-year contract this week and seem really excited about his potential in the coming seasons, with general manager Brad Treliving saying (via Postmedia’s Kristen Odland) “the sky is the limit” for him going forward. It’s an interesting mix because Gaudreau and Monahan are high-skill […]

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Poll: Should Galchenyuk or Drouin center Montreal's top line?
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It's Alex Galchenyuk versus Jonathan Drouin, as the two forwards will battle it out for the job as top center with the Montreal Canadiens next season. While there was some uncertainty that Galchenyuk would be back in the fold, the restricted free agent agreed to a three-year extension with the Canadiens on Wednesday. He'll have […]

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After flurry of moves, questions remain about Stars’ blue line
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The Dallas Stars are in go-for-it mode. Of that, there can be no debate, after GM Jim Nill hired Ken Hitchock as head coach, traded for and signed goalie Ben Bishop, traded for defenseman Marc Methot, then added forwards Alexander Radulov and Martin Hanzal in free agency. Defensively, though, the Stars will not only need […]

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A bigger, better Lucas Johansen is eyeing a spot on the Caps' blue line
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When defenseman Lucas Johansen arrived at training camp a year ago, there were no opportunities for a first round pick with big aspirations. Indeed, the Capitals’ blue line was stacked. But it’ll be a different story when Johansen gets to Arlington, Va. in September. With Nate Schmidt off to Las Vegas and Karl Alzner and […]

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Flames bolster blue line with Travis Hamonic acquisition
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If the New York Islanders are going to make a move for someone like Matt Duchene or Alex Galchenyuk, they have plenty of cap space now to make a splash. After acquiring Jordan Eberle for Ryan Strome earlier this week, general manager Garth Snow has dealt defenseman Travis Hamonic to the Calgary Flames for first- […]

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NHL rolls out line of new Adidas jerseys (Video)
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The NHL unveiled its new Adidas jerseys in Las Vegas on Tuesday. In addition to offering the first look at the Vegas Golden Knights’ uniform design, the NHL and new outfitting partner Adidas unveiled an entire collection of sweaters on Tuesday night. Tweaks outweighed complete overhauls, but there will be some fresh looks in addition to […]

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Morning Skate: Blueshirts looking for help on blue line
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The Bruins haven’t officially parted ways with too many of their own impending free agents to this point in the process, but they will be breaking ties with fourth-line energy forward Zac Rinaldo. The winger was told this week that he won’t be back with the Bruins now that his contract is up, and Rinaldo […]

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Watch: Karlsson tells Crosby to 'get another one' in handshake line
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“Go get another one.” Nothing but class from @ErikKarlsson65 after a Game 7 thriller. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/I8PC9Ec1BC — NHL (@NHL) May 27, 2017 Nothing but respect between two of the game's very best. Upon shaking hands to close out a thrilling Eastern Conference Final on Thursday night, captains Erik Karlsson and Sidney Crosby shared a genuine […]

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Penguins' banged-up blue line needs Streit, Pouliot to step up
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are hurting. Not on the scoresheet, but in the infirmary. Pittsburgh defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Friday to even their conference final series at two games apiece. But it was a costly victory for the Penguins, who lost defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a concussion following a hit by Senators winger Bobby […]

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Oilers' greatness, Ducks' viability on the line in Game 7
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The second-round series between the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks is a good case in point. Superficially, the Oilers are not in a desperate situation. On the whole, the team’s fans will (eventually) find satisfaction in an incredible turnaround season for a team which just last year was a decade removed from the playoffs.

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