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Lucas Aykroyd of Billy.com did an interview with the great Peter Stastny covering numerous topics, here is one...

Do you think Quebec City will get an NHL team again?

It’s just a question of time. It’s all set. It’s all done. It’s all written. It’s all approved. It just doesn’t fit right now with the situation. We need some team to do poorly on the East Coast … They’re just waiting for the right moment to come, and Quebec will get an NHL team again. And deservingly so. I really believe [the announcement] could come as soon as next summer.

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Video- Patrick Marleau After His First Skate With The Leafs

Patrick Marleau on his new team and city.


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Hockey’s Declaration Of Principles

NEW YORK/ TORONTO (Sept. 6, 2017) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) today unveiled hockey’s Declaration of Principles – developed by and for hockey stakeholders – to advance policies, programs and initiatives, while inspiring fans, players and communities to create the best possible experience for the entire hockey community. This joint statement advocates the game of hockey as a powerful platform for participants to build character, foster positive values and develop important life skills that transcend the game.

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Phaneuf Stays, Methot Goes

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

...But Phaneuf held his ground, meaning Dorion couldn’t protect Methot, Erik Karlsson’s defence partner.

If all of the above caused some fans to be critical of Phaneuf’s choice, he says he couldn’t be happier with where he is now.

“I know that I’m excited to be here,” Phaneuf said Tuesday, following an informal skate with many of his Senators teammates.

“I’m very happy to be back here for training camp. It’s always tough when you see teammates go. The fans have been incredible to me the whole time here and I’m excited to start again.”

Phaneuf, 32, isn’t overly keen on elaborating on the expansion draft process.

“It’s a part of the business, a tough part of the business, but it’s something you have to deal with,” he said. “It definitely made for an interesting summer for a lot of the league.”


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Coach Steve Ott

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

Midway through a pugnacious and loquacious playing career that ended five months ago, Steve Ott found a fresh notepad in his home office and began jotting down ideas. Some of the roughly 100 pages filled with tactical lingo, practice drills and set plays and systematic concepts that Ott found particularly effective. Others contained motivational tactics and teaching moments that resonated. He never knew exactly when those notes might come in handy, only certain that one day they would. “Man,” Ott kept telling himself, “I can’t wait to coach in this league.”

That moment finally arrived late this May, when Ott formally retired and took a job as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues, one of his five former teams. At first, the rugged forward planned to squeeze one final year from a body that over 15 seasons had undergone 15 surgeries (16 if you include the ruptured appendix, which he does not). But that was before several Canadian junior executives called, wondering what Ott’s future held. And before St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong did the same. Soon, the 35-year-old found himself sporting a crisp suit at Blues headquarters—“You always class it up”—for the first job interview of his adult life.

Such a move, while abrupt, actually isn’t altogether uncommon. Among the NHL’s 31 staffs, 12 coaches have hopped straight from the ice to the bench, wielding sticks one season and whistles the next.


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Pat LaFontaine On The Game

from Pat LaFontaine at NHL.com,

Hockey has given me so much, but now it's about giving back. I am part of the development efforts by the NHL and NHLPA to grow the game, and every day I have the honor of speaking with people at all levels of the sport. What excites me most about these conversations is the consistency with which people talk about what they love about the game. They appreciate the speed, skill and artistry the sport demands athletically; but, more often, they talk about the people and values that embody the game. As we share the Declaration of Principles with the global hockey community, I wanted to share what the game has meant to me.

Many people who follow the game might know my hockey story.

The highlights -- the goals, the assists, the wins, the near misses, the injuries and triumphant returns -- are all there, not only in hockey fans' memories, but in articles and videos housed across the internet.

Those, though, are merely snapshots of my life in hockey.

Life, in or out of hockey, is all about crossroads. The decisions we make -- or are made for us -- end up defining who we become and the story we write.

Hockey, and its values and lessons, started at home early from my mom and dad. Hockey became a sport I loved to play when I was a young boy. I've been very fortunate to have the game reinforce those values many times over throughout my life.


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A Sixth Grader With Some Advice For The NHL

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Sabrina Solomon visited the NHL offices in Manhattan on Aug. 18 for a day of meetings with League officials, among them chief marketing officer Heidi Browning and Commissioner Gary Bettman.

She presented ideas about how the NHL could better appeal to younger fans through several avenues, such as family-friendly ticket packages, kids-themed online trivia contests and a "Welcome to Hockey" educational app.

Did we mention that Sabrina is an 11-year-old who is starting sixth grade Wednesday?

"To meet with so many people that took my ideas seriously and asked me questions and getting to present my presentation was really special," she said.


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Many Of The Avs Skated Today, But Not Matt Duchene

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Approximately 22 Avalanche players began their pre-training camp captain’s practices Tuesday but center Matt Duchene, who has been on the trade block throughout the summer, was among the few not in attendance.

Duchene, who attended a wedding in Vail on Saturday, was absent, along with center Nathan MacKinnon and defenseman Nikita Zadorov, the latter of whom is unsigned as a restricted free agent. Duchene and MacKinnon were alternate captains last season, when Colorado finished with a league-low 48 points.

Avs general manager Joe Sakic, who has confirmed he is taking offers for Duchene, recently signed college free-agent centers Dominic Toninato and Alex Kerfoot to bolster the position.

“I talked a little bit with Dutchy. He’s not here; that’s not a secret,” Avs left wing and team captain Gabe Landeskog said after leading the 90-minute practice. “But we’ll have to wait and see. As of right now, he’s a part of the Avalanche organization and we all expect him to be here when training camp starts. I don’t really know what else to tell you right now.”


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In Case You Took The Summer Off

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Hockey is back. The puck drops on the NHL regular season in just 30 days, unbelievably.

In case you went into hibernation during the too-short summer, here are the 10 biggest developments of the off-season:

97 + 29 = $168,000,000: That’s a lot of zeroes. But Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli will sleep soundly knowing he has the highest scoring one-two punch in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl locked in for the next eight seasons. Starting in 2018-19, when McDavid’s eight-year, $100- million deal begins, their combined salary cap hit of $21 million will match Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane for highest-paid tandem in the NHL. The NHL’s only triple digit scorer in McDavid, 20, shaved $6 million off his deal to allow Chiarelli and the Oilers greater cap flexibility in the future. It took until Aug. 16, but Draisaitl inked his $68-million deal with an $8.5 million salary cap hit after finishing eighth in league scoring last spring. The Oilers swapped Ryan Strome for Jordan Eberle, added Jussi Jokinen on the cheap, and bought out Benoit Pouliot – but by far the biggest coup of the summer was the fact that no one will be asking salary cap questions about two of the game’s biggest names until at least 2024.


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Pierre LeBrun Joins The Athletic

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

In an era where the industry is so focused on click-baiting items, lists and videos, I wholeheartedly embrace that The Athletic is willing to gamble on the fact there are sports fans that still desire a deeper dive into the issues, players and teams they are so passionate about. The written word is not dead. It’s been given new life here.

Join us for the ride, folks — it’s going to be something else.



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