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David Staples: What is being said about Taylor Hall trade and what it all means

It’s been a tough summer for Edmonton Oilers fans, mainly because it’s no easy thing to grasp the swap of two utterly different players, offensive dynamo Taylor Hall for defensive stalwart Adam Larsson. 757 more words

Edmonton Oilers

Scott Cruickshank: Flames captain optimistic about Johnny Gaudreau's contract

Considering the 157-pound elephant in the room, this reflection is not a stretch.

It is germane, worth re-visiting.

For Mark Giordano knows first-hand what it’s like for summertime negotiations to flounder, stall, then peter out. 824 more words

Calgary Flames

University of Ottawa prepares for return of men's hockey program

When opportunity knocks, put your best skate forward. Or something like that.

New Ottawa Gee-Gees men’s hockey coach Patrick Grandmaitre is adopting an optimistic but realistic approach to the re-launching of the program, following the two-year suspension from the CIS following allegations of sexual abuse by two players in March, 2014. 433 more words

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'Us against them': Summit Series reunion tour hopes to conjure long-lost spirit of adversarial hockey

Forty-four years after the Canada-Russia Summit Series, the World Cup of Hockey will seek to generate that elusive sense of raw conflict that Ken Dryden calls “us against them.’ 797 more words

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NHL rookies not conceding Calder Trophy race to Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine

TORONTO — Even now, Pierre-Luc Dubois still gets goose bumps.

It’s been two months since the 18-year-old leapfrogged into the No. 3 spot at the NHL Draft — a surprise no one, not even Dubois, saw coming. 811 more words

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Europe Roster Analysis

Over the next month, I’ll be focusing on reviewing the rosters for the World Cup of Hockey, scheduled to begin September 17th. There are two groups that will go through pool play and then a bracket to determine what country, or continent, has the best hockey team. 693 more words

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Prized NHL prospects forecast life in the pros: 'Every game seems like a rivalry game'

TORONTO — As much as we enjoy convincing ourselves professional athletes are exactly like us — we’re all human beings, after all! — the theory doesn’t hold water in some cases. 951 more words

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