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Questions Before Camp

from Kristen Shiltin of ESPN,

While this next month unfurls toward the start of the 2022-23 campaign, there's a few notable questions that remain unanswered and topics to keep an eye on. How those play out could still have a serious impact on teams entering the season.

1. Where does Nazem Kadri land?
Nazem Kadri entered this offseason as one of the NHL's top unrestricted free agents. The 31-year-old had a career-best 87 points in 71 games and was fresh off a Stanley Cup run in which he produced seven goals and 15 points in 16 games....

2. Which veterans will sign new deals?
We know Kadri will play somewhere next season. What about some of those other free agents still available, particularly those in the later stages of their careers?

Take Phil Kessel. He's 34, coming off a 52-point season with Arizona and the expiration of an eight-year, $64 million contract....

more on each of the above plus additional question

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Females To The Front

from Chris Bumbca of USA TODAY at Yahoo,

The National Hockey League cracked its glass ceiling for front-office hires during the 1996-97 season when the Anaheim Ducks made Angela Gorgone the first female assistant general manager in league history.

Nearly 25 years passed for the roof to shatter.

Now the league has five women in assistant GM roles – and the first Black general manager in league history with Mike Grier leading the San Jose Sharks – as the NHL attempts to diversify its leadership ranks in a predominately white sport.

Kate Madigan (New Jersey Devils), Meghan Hunter (Chicago Blackhawks) and Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser (Toronto Maple Leafs) were promoted internally this offseason, and the Vancouver Canucks hired Émilie Castonguay and Cammi Granato, a 1998 gold medalist and former scout with the Seattle Kraken, early in 2022.

"The game is evolving with the times," said Grier, who played 14 seasons in the NHL (1996-2011) before becoming a scout, assistant coach and most recently a hockey operations advisor for the New York Rangers in 2021.

Madigan puts her own spin on the saying "the future is female."

"The female is present," she told USA TODAY Sports.

continued (USA TODAY requres registration so I am pointing to Yahoo)

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WJC Hockey Today

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Switzerland vs. Austria (2 p.m. ET) -- The winner will finish fourth in Group B and earn a spot in the quarterfinals....

Canada vs. Finland (6 p.m. ET) -- The winner will earn the top seed in Group A. Forward Mason McTavish (Anaheim Ducks) leads the tournament with 10 points (six goals, four assists) in three games and linemate Connor Bedard, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, has five points (two goals, three assists), including a point in all three games, for Canada (3-0-0-0). "I think our overall game is getting better and that's the goal," McTavish said. "Especially in a short tournament, getting better every game is the key." Finland (2-1-0-0) went 5-for-7 on the power play in a 9-3 win against Slovakia on Sunday. Joel Maatta (Edmonton Oilers) and Kasper Simontaival (Los Angeles Kings) each scored two goals in the victory. Finland leads the tournament with a 61.5 percent power-play efficiency (8-for-13). "I think we're ready but it's going to be a big challenge for us," Finland coach Antii Pennanen said. "Obviously we need to keep the puck for sure because that's to our strength." Finland, which finished third at the 2021 WJC, last won the World Juniors in 2019.

Sweden vs. Germany (10 p.m. ET) -- The winner will finish second in Group B.

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The Top Centers In The NHL

Winning important face-offs, leading rushes up the ice, and setting up teammates are the hallmarks of an elite center. NHL Network producers and analysts chose the top 20 centers in the League right now, and they were revealed on Sunday in the first of a nine-part series. Here is the list:

20. Robert Thomas, St. Louis Blues

Thomas had NHL career highs in goals (20), assists (57), points (77), plus-minus rating (plus-17), power-play points (14), game-winning goals (six), shots on goal (115) and shooting percentage (17.4) in 72 games last season. The 23-year-old also averaged 18:46 of ice time per game, second among Blues forwards behind Ryan O'Reilly (19:05).

19. Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks

After missing the final 30 games of the 2020-21 season because of a wrist injury, Pettersson stayed healthy last season and set NHL career highs in goals (32), points (68), power-play points (27) and shots on goal (192) in 80 games. The 23-year-old, who won the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year in 2018-19, has scored at least 27 goals and 66 points in three of his four NHL seasons.

18. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

continued at NHL.com...

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The WJC Games Today And Standings As Of This Morning

All games are on NHL Network and TSN.

Finland vs. Slovakia, 2 p.m. ET
Czechia vs. Latvia, 6 p.m. ET
United States vs. Sweden, 10 p.m. ET

The top four teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals, which will be held Aug. 17. The semifinals are Aug. 19, and the championship and third-place games will be Aug. 20.

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Morning Line -Marc Staal

“I get to join a really talented team that has playoff and Stanley Cup ambitions. To get back into that mix is very exciting for me. I am very motivated, very excited to join the team. … I’m looking forward to taking care of my business on the ice and compete and lead by example, help out where I can. This is a very talented group and I am just excited to be a part of it and help out anyway I can.”

“I am excited for that heighten expectation, the expectation to win every night,” he said. “Have the pressure of being the team that every other team wants to beat. That is a fun thing to be a part of and I have missed that the past number of years. Joining these guys was really a no-brainer.”

-Marc Staal of the Florida Panthers.  George Richards of Florida Hockey Now has more on Staal.

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Sam Gagner Could Be A Fit In Edmonton

from Kurt Leavins of the Edmnton Journal,

There is lots of speculation as to just which players Holland has talked to. But my information that one of them is indeed former Oiler Sam Gagner. Gagner had a very respectable year in Detroit in 2021-22. In 81 games, he went 13-18-31 and was just -4 on a bad team. And 21 of those points were at 5v5. Sam is not the player he was when Edmonton first drafted him. But in some ways, that could work in his favor. Gagner is a Center on Hockey DB only. He is now primarily a Right Wing, coincidentally the position where the Oilers may be the weakest. Although while just a career 46% man at the faceoff dot, he is not bad on his strong side. And he has re-invented himself defensively, spending 191 total minutes on the ice short-handed last year. Further, past teammates and coaches have nothing but good things to say about Gagner as a teammate and a good pro who sets a great example. At 33, Sam is not “old” …yet. And when he is done, Gagner would be a solid candidate for getting into player development.

Sam is not the player he was when Edmonton first drafted him. But in some ways, that could work in his favor. Gagner is a Center on Hockey DB only. He is now primarily a Right Wing, coincidentally the position where the Oilers may be the weakest. Although while just a career 46% man at the faceoff dot, he is not bad on his strong side. And he has re-invented himself defensively, spending 191 total minutes on the ice short-handed last year. Further, past teammates and coaches have nothing but good things to say about Gagner as a teammate and a good pro who sets a great example. At 33, Sam is not “old” …yet. And when he is done, Gagner would be a solid candidate for getting into player development.

I do not pretend to know what the percentages are that Sam Gagner could rejoin the club that originally drafted him for a 3rd stop in Oil Country. I do know that the list of players wanting to come to Edmonton is not short. And while I also do not know what the Gagner camp may be hoping for in a contract, no doubt a lot of names on the “list” would be willing to come for the NHL minimum.

But if Ken Holland were looking for a player who would love to play in Edmonton (his wife is from here), who would fit seamlessly into the room and who would appear to still have some game left in those skates.

more on the Oilers...

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The Rebuilding Chicago Blackhawks

from Tracey Myers of NHL.com,

The Chicago Blackhawks are in a rebuild, a message made very clear in an offseason that saw them remake their roster, with the exception of veteran forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, and defensemen Seth Jones and Connor Murphy.

The Blackhawks signed unrestricted free agent forwards Max Domi, Andreas Athanasiou and Colin Blackwell, and goalie Alex Stalock. They acquired goalie Petr Mrazek in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs and hired Luke Richardson as coach.

The additions are one thing, but the subtraction has been at the forefront. The Blackhawks traded forward Alex DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators and forward Kirby Dach to the Montreal Canadiens. They didn't extend qualifying offers to restricted free agent forwards Dylan Strome and Dominik Kubalik; Strome signed with the Washington Capitals, and Kubalik signed with the Detroit Red Wings. Unrestricted free agent defensemen Calvin de Haan (unsigned) and Erik Gustafsson (Capitals) are gone too.

It's all part of a restructuring for the Blackhawks, who have missed the playoffs four of the past five seasons, including last season when they went 28-42-12 to finish second to last in the Central Division, and expect it will be some time before they're in the postseason again.

"I think it's really hard to determine right now, to be honest," general manager Kyle Davidson said, "because going into last season, a lot of the preseason projections probably had us doing a lot better than we did. And I'm assuming going into this season, a lot of people will be doubting us."

Mrazek said he wasn't concerned about joining a rebuilding team.

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Saturday’s WJC Games

from Adam Kinelan of NHL.com,

All games on NHL Network in U.S., TSN and RDS in Canada

Austria vs. United States (2 p.m. ET) -- The United States (2-0-0-0) has been keyed by its top line of Thomas Bordeleau (San Jose Sharks), Carter Mazur (Detroit Red Wings) and Landon Slaggert (Chicago Blackhawks), which has combined to score five of the 12 goals the U.S. has scored in its two games. As much as the offense has been relentless in wins against Germany and Switzerland, equally impressive is the combined 35 shots on goal allowed in two games. Austria (0-0-0-2), which lost 6-0 to Sweden on Friday, still is seeking its first win (0-19) in its fifth appearance at the top level of the under-20 tournament.

Canada vs. Czechia (6 p.m. ET) -- Forward Mason McTavish (Anaheim Ducks) leads the tournament with eight points (four goals, four assists) in two games, including a Canada record-tying four goals against Slovakia on Thursday.

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The Transformed New Jersey Devils

from Amanda Stein of the Devils' website,

There's a saying that if leadership isn't everywhere, it's really nowhere.

And the Devils have certainly acquired an abundance of it over the summer.

The quote was used by Devils head coach Lindy Ruff, shared in an exclusive off-season interview after the transformation of his roster.

There will be an influx of experience into the Devils lineup when Ruff opens camp in just a few short weeks. Whether it's the young Devils core one year older, or new additions acquired in the off-season, the 23-man roster will have a different feel to it this year.

Ondrej Palat, Brendan Smith and Eric Haula, three of the players who joined the group this off-season are going to provide just that by the experience of games play alone.

Palat is a veteran of 628 games, Smith 571, and Haula 532. They each, along with their 500-plus games of experience, bring with them a wealth of qualities that should coalesce with the group already identified as the Devils young core.

But they provide much more than that.

Palat, it is no secret, brings the championship pedigree.

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