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Ryan Strome pumped at prospect of playing with McDavid, Draisaitl
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Ryan Strome seemed to feel he took a positive step with the Islanders when Doug Weight took over behind the bench in January. “He was great for me,” said Strome of Weight following today’s trade. Selected fifth overall in 2011, Strome is two years removed from a 17-goal, 50-point sophomore season in the NHL.

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Ian Thomsen: Could Gordon Hayward handle playing in Boston?
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Ian Thomsen discusses Jeff Goodman's comments regarding worrying that Gordon Hayward will not be able to handle Boston, and whether he agrees.

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Ilya Samsonov still a year away from playing North American hockey
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Finding a starting goalie in the NHL can be tricky and it can take years for teams to find a quality starting netminder. Just aPhiladelphiadlephia Flyers or the Dallas Stars. The Capitals, however, don’t have to worry about that. Not only does Washington have a Vezina Trophy-winning goalie in Braden Holtby, they also have a goalie […]

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Islanders playing in Nassau Coliseum again, at least for one night
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The New York Islanders spent 43 years in the dank confines of Nassau Coliseum before moving to the gorgeous Barclays Center in Brooklyn. As you know, the Islanders and Barclays aren’t exactly on the best terms – it’s not built for hockey and isn’t changing its configuration for hockey – and there’s speculation that the […]

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Playing in Montreal a 'dream come true' for Drouin
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Jonathan Drouin grew up about a two-hour drive northwest of the Bell Centre – home of the Montreal Canadiens – in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec, and the 22-year-old couldn't be more ecstatic he's heading home. "His words to me when I told him he was traded was, 'This is my dream come true. This is my childhood […]

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Agent: Shane Doan ‘leaning toward playing’ one more season
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Arizona Coyotes forward Shane Doan has yet to make a final decision on whether or not he will return for a 22nd NHL season, but his agent said on Wednesday that he thinks the 40-year-old winger is “leaning toward” coming back for one more season. “I think he’s going to play,” said Terry Bross, Doan’s […]

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Erik Karlsson received a Conn Smythe vote despite not playing in Final
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For the second year in a row Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby took home the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP. Between him, Evgeni Malkin (the NHL’s leading scorer this postseason) and rookie Jake Guentzel (leading goal scorer) the Penguins had no shortage of candidates to take home the award. On Monday, […]

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After so-so regular season, Preds playing much better defense in playoffs
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During the regular season, the Nashville Predators had the 15th-best goals-against average (2.68) and the 15th-best penalty killing (80.9) in the NHL. Well, the Preds are in the Stanley Cup Final now, and their defensive play is a big reason why. In 19 playoff games, their GAA is a measly 2.09, while their penalty killing […]

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Caps re-sign Aussie forward Nathan Walker, who ‘has a good chance’ of playing in NHL next season
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Nathan Walker has already made history as the first Australian hockey player selected in the NHL Draft. On Thursday, the Washington Capitals re-signed the 23-year-0ld winger to a two-year, two-way contract. Walker contract is $650K in NHL and $125K at AHL level both years, with $150K guaranteed in '17-18 and $175 guaranteed in '18-19.

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Penguins’ 'resilience' playing key part in continued success
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MAY 29: Matt Murray #30 of the Pittsburgh Penguins defends against Colton Sissons #10 of the Nashville Predators in Game One of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at PPG Paints Arena on May 29, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins have played 20 games in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Blackhawks not playing outdoor game for 1st time in 5 years
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The NHL announced a whole bunch of news for the next year on Monday, including the slate of outdoor games for the 2017-18 season. Usually this is a time to mock the Chicago Blackhawks’ annual appearance enjoying the open air, but something miraculous has happened: the Blackhawks aren’t playing outdoors in 2018. It’s true.* This […]

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Kris Letang playing big role in helping Penguins’ coaching staff
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GLENDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 11: Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates up to a face off during the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on February 11, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the

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