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Puck Daddy Notebook: Blackhawks relieved to have Saad back with Toews
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The Chicago Blackhawks are relieved to have Brandon Saad playing alongside Jonathan Toews again. This series will run somewhat sporadically, as it requires scrubbing something stimulating from the minds of NHL players and coaches. When Stan Bowman dealt a dynamo in Artemi Panarin to the Columbus Blue Jackets to bring back Brandon Saad, two years […]

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Don't panic, Habs fans: Montreal's lack of scoring is just poor puck luck
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The biggest question facing the Montreal Canadiens ahead of the season was whether they can score. So far, the answer has been no. The Habs have scraped together a measly four goals in four games. However, despite the ice-cold start for a team that usually comes out of the gate firing on all cylinders, the […]

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Puck Daddy Countdown: Shipachyov, Leafs and drawing conclusions
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Auston Matthews and Jake Gardiner celebrate a goal against the Blackhawks. Vadim Shipachyov signed with the Vegas Golden Knights before the expansion draft last summer and likely had dreams of NHL glory. After all, he’d been an elite point producer in the KHL for years, and if we knew just one thing

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Puck Daddy Countdown: 20 bold predictions for the NHL season
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Puck Daddy's Ryan Lambert offers 20 bold predictions for the NHL season.

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Puck Daddy Bag of Mail: Jack Eichel, biggest scandal, first coach fired
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Jack Eichel signed an eight-year, $80 million extension with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. Nathan asks via email: “For teams that don’t have four full lines that are ready to roll out, is it better to go top-heavy like the Flames have done with their defense pairs? Early on last year, because the Flames had […]

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WATCH: McDavid outraces everyone, Labanc swats puck midair on NHL's opening night
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It was fair to question whether the Edmonton Oilers might have been getting too much hype entering the 2017-18 campaign, but it might not be as fair to question that after Wednesday's season kickoff. OK, so one game doesn't change everything, but if one could, Connor McDavid did his best to convince

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Puck Daddy’s Eastern Conference predictions
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The 2017-18 NHL season is upon us, and it’s already a weird one. Here's a look at what could happen in the East.

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Metro Division picks, NHL gimmick team (Puck Daddy Bag of Mail)
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You have my word that I will not be doing any more White House/Penguins stuff for a while, even if the Penguins keep coming out and saying wrong, bad stuff about it. The good news is people whose lives haven’t been ruined by Politics Twitter have plenty of questions that need answering, and as a […]

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Puck Lists: Ranking the NHL players' proposed rule changes
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Johnny Gaudreau knows what’s up. Earlier this week, ESPN asked a ton of the NHL players what changes they would make to the sport if they had the opportunity. Of course, there was a good chunk of respondents who just said, “Well the NHL should go to the Olympics,” which is definitely true and honestly

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Marc Bergevin, George Parros and NHL's dumb ideas (Puck Daddy Countdown)
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The good thing about the NHL’s brewing designs on raising the draft age to 19 is that everyone, regardless of where they stand on the issue, seems to see it for exactly what it is: A naked attempt by teams to make sure their GMs whiff on slightly fewer draft picks. The NBA and NFL […]

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Matt Duchene, Winnipeg Jets and racist logos (Puck Daddy Countdown)
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The idea that Shane Doan, who despite playing more than 1,500 games in the NHL never got to 1,000 career points, could even remotely be included in the Hockey Hall of Fame — the big one, not the “Greater Phoenix Hockey Hall of Fame,” which, by all means include him there — is preposterous on […]

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John Tavares, unreasonable Bruins and Will Butcher (Puck Daddy Countdown)
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Saw some reports the last few days that the Boston Bruins’ offer to David Pastrnak, their No.-1-with-a-bullet right wing, was either six years at $6 million AAV, or seven years at… $6 million AAV? Hold on here folks, I’m gonna crunch some numbers here and… yeah, no I was right about this: The second deal […]

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