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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

A quick mix of the things we gleaned from the week of hockey, serious and less so, and rolling four lines deep....

- The final four TV markets: Edmonton, Denver, Tampa, and leaning toward Raleigh.

The NHL might not be exactly thrilled about the number of smaller cities involved in the business half of its playoff tournament and would probably like to see a Rangers rally this weekend.

From a marketing-the-stars angle, however, the Western Conference final could not be juicier.

Connor McDavid versus Nathan MacKinnon, with both speeding stars scoring electric goals and finally leading their respective organizations over a second-round hump that has lingered for 16 years in Edmonton and 20 years in Colorado.

The firepower on both sides is off the charts....

- I appreciate Brunette’s honesty in saying he learned a lot from the sweep, and the interim coach did a fabulous job in the regular season under some unforeseen circumstances.

And yet, despite his desire to remain behind the bench and the support of his players, Brunette has not been given an endorsement from GM Bill Zito.

“We respect him a lot. We love to play for him,” captain Aleksander Barkov told reporters, following the loss. “We love to work hard for him, and we had a lot of fun doing it.

“Everyone in the room loves Bruno, and hopefully he will stay here for next season and more to come.”

- New York Rangers rental Andrew Copp is looking like the smartest mid-season pickup east of Evander Kane.

The former Jet has scored 13 goals and 28 points in 28 games since the trade. He’s also a plus-15 that kills penalties. Copp has more playoff goals (five) than Artemi Panarin (three) and fellow UFA Ryan Strome (one) combined.

No wonder GM Chris Drury is trying to make him more than just a rental.

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