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Morning Skate: Dallas Stars take stand against 'bathroom bill'
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It took longer than it probably should have, but the Bruins are finally getting proactive about the development of their young goaltenders. The Bruins hired their first goalie development coach last week when they brought former NHL goalie Mike Dunham into the Black and Gold fold not long after he was let go by the […]

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Babcock: Leafs expect Matthews to take another step in 2017-18
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are for real. Qualifying for the postseason only one year removed from finishing dead last in the NHL standings cements you as such. One of the main reasons for the resurgence, was No. 1 overall pick Auston Matthews. And, if you ask Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, Matthews is just beginning […]

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Should Bruins take run at Will Butcher?
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Assuming he does not sign with the Colorado Avalanche — and it appears as if he will not — 2017 Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher will be a highly sought after target on the open market when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on August 15. His agent has already said he would listen to […]

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Haggerty: Bruins should take a pass on Will Butcher
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Almost a year ago, the Boston Bruins were readying their best pitches when the so-called Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes saw them as a finalist for his sought-after services. Vesey waited out the draft rights of the Nashville Predators that expired on Aug. 15, and the Bruins rolled out the red carpet for the former Harvard University standout. The […]

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Confident Blackhawks youth ready to take the next step
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Ryan Hartman likes how he feels approaching this season, his sophomore stint with the Blackhawks. Scoring 19 goals, earning the trust of the coaches and gaining a good deal of responsibility in your rookie season will do that for you. “It’s feeling like I should be there,” he said on Friday. “Maybe sometimes when you […]

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Could John Tavares take less money to go to Tampa Bay?
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Islanders captain John Tavares is reportedly still not ready to commit to the Islanders, Art Staple of Newsday reported earlier this month. To that end, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet notes: "I've said a million times that I believe John Tavares's first choice is to stay with the Islanders. But, if he does decide to leave, why […]

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Oilers' Jokinen ready to take Puljujarvi under his wing
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Jussi Jokinen is set to provide the Edmonton Oilers with great value both on and off the ice. The Finnish forward signed a one-year, $1.1-million contract with the club Friday, and will be expected to contribute at both ends of the ice, as he has over the course of his career. More than that, Jokinen […]

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Highlights & Impressions from Day 3 of #Habs development camp: Nikita Scherbak aims to take the next step
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Development Camp – Day 3 The third day of development camp focused on base skills needed to be successful at the NHL level: shooting, fluid skating and strength. The early morning session was reserved for forwards and a couple of goalies. Starting with skating drills, the attention to detail was in controlling the puck while […]

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Panthers take unnecessary risk by choosing Vrbata over Jagr
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The Florida Panthers, the NHL's ninth-oldest team during the 2016-17 season, according to NHL Numbers, took a most unconventional route to get younger for 2017-18. The Panthers elected to let go of 45-year-old Jaromir Jagr and instead chose to sign Radim Vrbata, who may be nine years Jagr’s junior but still comes in at an […]

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NHL free agents take high-priced hit in stagnant cap era
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Aside from defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner attracting $20 million-plus contracts, NHL free agency isn't what it used to be. Shattenkirk, considered the top free agent available , signed a four-year, $26.6 million contract with the New York Rangers.

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Bruins take a flier on skilled Victor Berglund in 7th round
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CHICAGO – The Bruins aren’t ever going to shy away from big, strong centers with a willingness to play on the physical side, so it was no surprise they selected big French-Canadian center Cedric Pare in the sixth round of the NHL Draft Saturday at the United Center. MORE BRUINS Bruins go for some skill […]

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2017 NHL Draft recap: Ducks take five players
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Anaheim’s top selection was left wing Maxime Comtois (50th overall).

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