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from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- I’m very curious to see if, as part of the new CBA, NHL teams get the right to send some 19-year-old Canadian Junior picks to the AHL.

- Teams are currently mandated to play between six and eight exhibition games, with rules in place to make sure they don’t show up with a Tuesday night beer-league squad. I polled players about how many exhibition games they think they should be playing, and only Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrick Kane said four, preferring to play instead of practice. Everyone else went the other way, with no one going more than three.

“The last two for sure — maybe one more,” Derek Stepan said....

- There is at least one NHL team considering having its NHL roster together right from the start — rather than mixing the groups — for practice purposes. The fivethirtyeight article said the NFL’s pre-season future might be controlled scrimmages instead of games. Dubas said he’s wondered about that. “I don’t know how you do that in hockey…. Maybe coaches who have a good relationship in separate conferences is the way to go.”

- It was noticeable how hard Buffalo and Boston prospects went after Jack Hughes in their rookie games. A preview of what he will deal with this season.

more, including RFA talk...

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