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How the Blues re-signed Kyrou and Thomas: Inside the negotiations to secure the ‘pillars’ of the team’s future

Just outside the Blues’ locker room Wednesday morning, general manager Doug Armstrong was speaking with The Athletic when Jordan Kyrou walked by. Armstrong stopped and stuck out his hand to Kyrou. “Hey, how are you bud?” Armstrong said. “Congratulations!” “Appreciate that!” Kyrou said. The central figures in the eight-year, $65 million contract awarded by the …

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Fantasy hockey defensemen preview – How early to draft Cale Makar, Brent Burns and others

Gone are the days when you were forced to pad your roster with mediocre fantasy assets only because the blue line demanded asmuch. Not only has the incorporation of defensive categories – such as blocked shots – into ESPN’s standard game has changed the way we look at blueliners through the fantasy scope. It’s no …

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New Bruins coach Jim Montgomery reveals his system’s inner workings

Jim Montgomery appreciates how numbers serve as guideposts. For example, the Bruins allowed 650 five-on-five goals in the 399 games Bruce Cassidy served as head coach. Since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7, 2017, no team in the league, save for the year-old Kraken, has been stingier. To Montgomery, taking over for Cassidy, the …

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Roof vs. Nazar, 2023 NHL Draft and Tim Stützle’s value: Pronman’s Mailbag

The NHL season is right around the corner, with hockey already starting in other leagues. I asked you all what was on your mind and did my best to answer! Chicago essentially traded Kirby Dach for Frank Nazar, and I’m wondering who would you rather have and why? — Brady S. Great question from Brady! …

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6 NHL Teams Most Likely to Disappoint During the 2022-23 Season | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

0 of 6 Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images Expectations are high for every NHL club entering a new season. Playoff contenders aspire to win the Stanley Cup. Rebuilding teams look for signs of real improvement and the anticipation of reaching the postseason. Clubs that struggled the previous season hope for a bounce-back performance. Not …

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Rating The Capitals’ Contracts: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Photos: Nick Wass/AP The Washington Capitals have been in the mix for the Stanley Cup for nearly a decade and a half, building the team around an existing group of core players. The team construction has typically involved acquiring players via trade or free agency, often utilizing draft capital in order to add NHL-ready pieces. …

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The 2022 AATJ Top 25 Devils Under 25: The Third 5 Revealed from 15th to 11th

It’s time to reveal which players cracked the top 15 but saw themselves just outside the top 10 in today’s post in the Top 25 Under 25 series. This group includes three forwards, a defenseman, and a goaltender. Three of these players already have varying levels of experience with New Jersey. One of them is …

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