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The Bill-Masterton is an awkward award. All finalists deserve it. But please don't discount the battle involved with addiction. It never ends. It takes a lot of strength and effort to get back to "normal". It's a struggle many can relate to, not to be dismissed.
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First back to back playoff losses for @TBLightning since Columbus sweep in 2019. Had won 18 straight after loss.
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Jack Hughes was one of 63 players the Canadiens interviewed at the NHL Scouting Combine, but his was by far the most unique … and awkward. Jack Hughes sat down with me and @MAGodin to describe what it was like to be interviewed by dad Kent Hughes’ team: theathletic.com/3348998/2022/0…
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Carey Price wins the Masterton. twitter.com/MAGodin/status…
The Canadiens have a difficult decision ahead of them with the first overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Shane Wright, Juraj Slafkovsky and Logan Cooley chat with @ArponBasu and @MAGodin at the NHL Scouting Combine about the chance of going No. 1 ⤵️ theathletic.com/3347348/?sourc…
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NEW: For the teams at the bottom of the league and the top of the draft, the Avalanche and Oilers serve as beacons of hope. They also serve as cautionary tales. Because tearing it down is easy. Building it back up is anything but. My column: theathletic.com/3348396/2022/0…
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NEWS from last night: Tempe City Council votes ‘Yes’ to move forward with negotiations on Coyotes arena development proposal theathletic.com/news/coyotes-t…
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Nathan MacKinnon effectively has as much offence tonight as the entire Oilers team, via @MoneyPuckdotcom.
Avs with 72% of the expected goals tonight, including 85% in the third. Domination.
NEW @TheAthleticNHL: Let’s project and discuss the new contracts for Letang and Malkin and comb through some comparables based on performance. Can the Penguins really afford both of them? theathletic.com/3345084/2022/0…
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Sheldon Kennedy: “… How is it that not one of those eight players had the courage or the care or the clarity to stand up and say, ‘No. This is not happening.’ Even if some of them did not participate, they were bystanders. Why didn't anyone say anything?” twitter.com/TSNHockey/stat…
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Pavel Francouz officially has the net tonight. I broke down the goalie situation here: theathletic.com/3344664/2022/0…
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Fantastic news. Such a long road for him. twitter.com/SaraCivian/sta…
NHL fans are getting a very rare treat: Watching two of the game’s best at their peaks. How does Connor McDavid vs. Nathan MacKinnon compare to past matchups? theathletic.com/3344998/2022/0…
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There's plenty to be learned from the four remaining teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs. And not just the right lessons — the fun ones, too. So here’s what @DownGoesBrown hopes the other 28 teams learn from this year’s final four ⤵️ theathletic.com/3341982/?sourc…
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There have only been 19 NHL playoff games where both teams have had six-plus goals. This year's Oilers have played in two of them.
Should the Leafs commit to Jack Campbell? Or pursue alternatives? A deep dive into their options: theathletic.com/3337439/2022/0…
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Hey Buffalo, we've got some news! Our own @MatthewFairburn is coming home to take on the Sabres beat and offer additional coverage for the Bills. Here's what you can expect! 🔗:theathletic.com/3328969/2022/0…sL
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#NYR GM Chris Drury: “I went around the room last night and when I got to (Andrew) Copp he said, ‘Sorry about your first (rounder).’”
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Hey, Buffalo. Some news to share with you all this morning. I’m coming home to take over for ⁦@BuffaloVogl⁩ on the Sabres beat. I’ll chime in on the Bills as time allows, too. I’m grateful for the opportunity and can’t wait to get started: theathletic.com/3328969/2022/0…
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It’s Manson vs. Manson in the Western Conference Final as Oilers assistant coach, Dave, faces son, Josh, of the Avalanche. Who is the wife of one and mother of the other supposed to cheer for? Well, I spoke to Lana Manson about the head-to-head matchup. theathletic.com/3341422/2022/0…
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Dom says roughly 50% chance of Avs-Lightning. twitter.com/domluszczyszyn…
Avs-Lightning feels like obvious answer but who knows. twitter.com/TheAthletic/st…
◽️ Five Game 7s in the first round ◽️ First playoff Battle of Alberta in 31 years ◽️ Overtime thrillers aplenty The first two rounds of the NHL playoffs have done more than deliver. And @DownGoesBrown doesn't know what to think: theathletic.com/3339431/2022/0…
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Nathan MacKinnon on the storyline of going against Connor McDavid: "Hopefully that gets more viewers and lowers escrow. Other than that I don't care." 💀
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Canucks have hired Mikael Samuelsson and Mike Komisarek in prospect development roles. twitter.com/Canucks/status…
Good stuff on Jason Spezza's retirement and new role with the Leafs from @jonassiegel theathletic.com/3339464/2022/0…
The @TBLightning wondered what Andrei Vasilevskiy was drawing during his draft day interview. The picture ended up being prescient. Our look behind how Tampa snagged a future all-timer at No. 19 ten years ago. From sketches to sunburns + a twist theathletic.com/3337916/2022/0…
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“It’s really just something that the game has never seen.” We spoke with some of the game’s all-time great skaters about what we are witnessing Connor McDavid do. Some fascinating insight here from guys like Paul Coffey, Paul Kariya, and more. ⁦ theathletic.com/3321480/2022/0…
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I tracked down Dany Heatley & Daniel Alfredsson to chat about Jason Spezza. “I enjoyed it when Pizza Pizza moved the threshold from five goals to six goals. That made us feel pretty good.” On Spezza’s Ottawa legacy in the eyes of his two linemates. theathletic.com/3338421/2022/0…
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“He’s a lifer.” “He just has too much knowledge to offer. It’d be a waste for a guy like him not to want to stay involved.” The next chapter in Jason Spezza’s hockey journey is only just beginning: theathletic.com/3339464/2022/0…
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"Which generational center will take the next step and reach a Cup?" @Peter_Baugh and @Lowetide preview the star-studded showdown between the Avalanche and Oilers: theathletic.com/3339143/2022/0…
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There's been a lot of speculation surrounding Freddie Andersen's injury. Some thought he'd be ready to go by now. Hurricanes GM Don Waddell told me today: "His movement is coming back, but for a goalie doing the butterfly it's a slow process." theathletic.com/3338731/2022/0…
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Jason Spezza: "It's been an extremely emotional time. A difficult time."
“Not a lot would bring me to tears but seeing Jason win a Stanley Cup would. They are as good a hockey family as you’re going to meet.” You hear things like that a lot when you talk to people about the Spezzas. theathletic.com/2608569/2021/0…
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Spezza's new role will be Special Assistant to Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas.
Jason Spezza has announced his retirement. Moves into Leafs front office.
The @NYRangers were founded in 1926, as center ice at @TheGarden reminds us. The same year astrophysicist Edwin Hubble discovered that our galaxy — the Milky Way — is a small part of a vastly larger universe that also contains the @StanleyCup.
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St. Louis placed Calle Rosen on waivers today.
🎥 There's no shortage of championship history in Kamloops, as the@blazerhockeyy begin preparations to host the 2023#MemorialCupp presented by@KiaCanadaa. MORE 📝 bit.ly/3z503TuPw2
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Friends! Be sure to follow @DNBsports, our wonderful Oilers writer, for all Edmonton news this series.
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The rule is easy to fix IMO. People view kicking the puck and think a 50 yard field goal kick. Skate stays on ice and direct the puck into the net however you want. Skate comes off ice and it’s no goal. Safe and not grey area dominated twitter.com/sekeresandpric…
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Darren Helm; Career grinder. Veteran penalty killer. And now, certifiably and undeniably, a scorer of big goals. With 5.6 seconds left on the clock, Helm lifted Colorado to the Western Conference finals for the first time in a decade. ✍️ @Peter_Baugh 📚theathletic.com/3338161?source…Pa
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