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Word Is Nazem Kadri To The Calgary Flames

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Czechia Stuns Team USA In WJC Quarter Final Game

EDMONTON, Alberta – Carter Mazur (Jackson, Mich.) scored late on the powerplay to put the U.S. within one goal in final 10 minutes, but a Czechia empty net goal put the game out of reach at 4-2, ending Team USA’s run at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship here tonight at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

“These games are tough and we struggled to get into our game today,” said Nate Leaman, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. “Our first 10 minutes were good but we struggled to manage the puck. We played a good Czechia team, they played hard and blocked a lot of shots, and you have to tip your hat to them.”

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It’s Quarterfinal Day At The WJC

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

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

Finland vs. Germany (12 p.m. ET) -- Finland's top line features two of the top three players in the scoring race in forwards Joakim Kemell (Nashville Predators) and Aatu Raty (New York Islanders); each has nine points (three goals, six assists). "...

Sweden vs. Latvia (3:30 p.m.) -- Latvia still is relishing its first win at the World Juniors, a 5-2 victory against Czechia on Sunday that secured third place in Group A. It has been led by goalie Bruno Bruveris (2023 NHL Draft eligible), who has a .913 save percentage in three games despite facing an average of 38.3 shots on goal per game....

Canada vs. Switzerland (7 p.m. ET) -- Canada forward Mason McTavish (Anaheim Ducks) leads the tournament with 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in four games. His line, along with Brennan Othmann (New York Rangers) and Connor Bedard (2023 draft eligible) has found some great chemistry, combining for nine points (five goals, four assists) the past two games....

United States vs. Czechia (10:30 p.m. ET) -- The defending champions won their four games during the preliminary round by a combined 22-4....

more on each of the above...

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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....

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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.

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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

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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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