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THE GREAT GOALIE RANKING: HOW THE NHL’S 31 NO. 1 NETMINDERS STACK UP HEADING INTO 2019-20
September 16th, 2019 by Sam McCaig - The Hockey News

It’s the most important position in sports – which, surely, makes this the most important ranking in sports. OK, maybe not, but here’s how the NHL’s 31 projected starting netminders stack up as teams head into training camp for the 2019-20 season: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning: The reigning Vezina Trophy winner is exceptionally acrobatic…

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Kole Sherwood has caught John Tortorella’s eye, and an NHL job is within reach
September 16th, 2019 by Aaron Portzline - The Athletic

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Soon enough, it’ll happen. Kole Sherwood, a Blue Jackets prospect, and Kiefer Sherwood, an Anaheim Ducks prospect, will play against each other in an NHL game, a storybook scene for the New Albany brothers and another milestone moment for the central Ohio hockey community. For now, though, Kole Sherwood has arrived at…

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Is the Flyers’ Carter Hart ready for the NHL’s most challenging goaltending job?
September 11th, 2019 by Scott Burnside - The Athletic

SHERWOOD PARK, Alberta – There is something purposeful about the solitary figure on this sheet of ice in this suburban rink outside Edmonton on this day in early August. The heir to the oft-cursed Philadelphia Flyers goaltending throne makes looping circles up and down the ice, gliding first on one leg and then the other….

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How one Hockeytown prospect tries to keep one skate in two worlds
September 11th, 2019 by John Matisz

DETROIT – It’s early August, and the sun is beating down on Clark Park, a multipurpose community center just west of the bridge connecting Michigan and Ontario. Local pro Jalen Smereck moves through a scattered group of ball hockey players, striking up casual conversations. Smereck grew up 12 miles from Clark Park. This is his…

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Exclusive: Colin Greening on his career, Kyle Dubas, the Marlies as the NHL’s 33rd team, and more
September 10th, 2019 by JACOB STOLLER

Over the course of what would turn out to be his final three AHL seasons, Colin Greening left a mark — both literally and figuratively — inside the Toronto Marlies’ dressing room. It was on the night of June 14th, 2018, when the Marlies defeated the Texas Stars in Game 7 of the Calder Cup…

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Flames take long look at prospect even smaller than Johnny Gaudreau
September 10th, 2019 by Wes Gilbertson

Size him up, and it’s easy — too easy — to count this kid out. To his credit, Matthew Phillips doesn’t seem like such a long-shot anymore. Make no mistake, nobody is calling Phillips a can’t-miss, but it feels less and less far-fetched to think that this pint-sized prospect will earn a sniff with the…

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Cozens recovering from thumb surgery, still eyes spot with Sabres
August 26th, 2019 by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

ARLINGTON, Va. — Dylan Cozens is confident he’ll be cleared to play for the Buffalo Sabres at the 2019 Prospects Challenge, which starts Sept. 6 at HarborCenter in Buffalo. Cozens, selected by the Sabres with the No. 7 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, had surgery in early July to repair a dislocated left thumb…

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Hischier feels he’ll help fellow No. 1 pick Hughes with Devils: report
August 15th, 2019 by NHL.com @NHLdotcom

Nico Hischier knows what it’s like to be the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft and said he feels he’ll help New Jersey Devils teammate and fellow top pick Jack Hughes when training camp begins. “I’m going to help Jack as best as I can because I’ve been there as well,” Hischier, the No….

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Raiders’ Kaiden Guhle eager to learn at Under-18 camp
August 9th, 2019 by CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Kaiden Guhle’s first season in the Western Hockey League was almost picture perfect. Following his first overall selection by Prince Albert in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, Guhle skated for one more season in the preparatory ranks before joining the Raiders full time for the 2018-19 campaign, a year in which the club captured the…

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FEATURE: Hischier & Senn Report for Civic Duty
August 5th, 2019 by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

NEWARK, NJ – It has been a bit of a different summer for New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier. As he did the summer before, he returned to his native Switzerland for the summer months, but this time around his routine had a slight change. In Switzerland, there is an obligation to participate in military…

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From suspect to strength in 7 months: Where the Devils’ intriguing goaltending situation stands
July 22nd, 2019 by Corey Masisak - The Athletic

Seven months ago, the Devils’ outlook at the goaltending position, in both the short and long term, was a mess. Cory Schneider was pulled from a game Dec. 14 against Vegas and wouldn’t play again for nearly two months. He had the worst save percentage in the NHL and hadn’t won a regular-season game in…

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Canadiens agree to terms with Charles Hudon
July 19th, 2019 by Montreal Canadiens @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL – The Canadiens announced on Friday that they’ve agreed to terms on a one-year, one-way contract ($800,000) with forward Charles Hudon for the 2019-20 season. Hudon, 25, played 32 games last season – his second in Montreal – scoring three goals and registering five points. The Alma, QC native has played 110 career NHL…

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Basu: Keith Kinkaid is the most important Canadiens backup goaltender in a decade
July 18th, 2019 by Arpon Basu - theathletic.com

Keith Kinkaid’s first public words spoken in Montreal as a member of the Canadiens missed the point entirely. They were humble, appropriate for someone coming off the worst season of his career and who signed a one-year contract to play behind the highest-paid goalie in hockey. But they were off track. “I’m just happy to…

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Keith Kinkaid’s arrival should help Canadiens manage Carey Price’s load
July 16th, 2019 by Eric Engels - Sportsnet.ca

There were a lot of numbers for the Montreal Canadiens to take into account before making their decision to give goaltender Keith Kinkaid a one-year, $1.75-million contract on July 1, but the most important one was 82. That’s the number of games Kinkaid has appeared in over the last two seasons. It was more relevant…

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THREE THINGS: What you need to know about Zack Smith
July 16th, 2019 by Chris Kuc / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks shook up their mix at the forward position with the acquisition of Zack Smith from the Senators in exchange for Artem Anisimov. Smith’s contract has an AAV of $3.25 million and is signed through the 2020-21 season. Here’s what you need to know about Smith: SPECIAL MOMENTS Smith figures to bolster the Blackhawks…

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Catching up with Carter
July 16th, 2019 by Philadelphia Flyers @NHLFlyers / philadelphiaflyers.com

There are times during the summer months that players will fly into town for a few days and check in with teammates, get a skate in on their own and take care of some personal business. For Flyers goaltender Carter Hart, that was last week… and what a packed couple of days it was for…

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Cozens agrees to entry-level contract
July 16th, 2019 by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Dylan Cozens to a three-year, entry-level contract. Cozens (6’3″, 180 lbs., 2/9/2001) was selected by the Sabres in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver after finishing the 2018-19 season tied for 10th among all WHL skaters with 84 points…

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Jets sign Ville Heinola to three-year contract
July 16th, 2019 by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have agreed to terms with defenceman Ville Heinola on a three-year, entry-level contract with an average annual value of $1,137,500. Heinola, 18, tallied 14 points (2G, 12A) in 34 games with Lukko in Liiga last season. He also had nine points (1G, 8A) with Lukko’s U20 team….

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Danton Heinen “wanted to be an offensive guy,” now Bruins need him to be more of that guy
July 12th, 2019 by Joe Haggerty - NBC Sports

Danton Heinen knows that his numbers dipped from his rookie season to this past year’s sophomore campaign where he posted 11 goals and 34 points in 77 games. Still, the 24-year-old earned a big pay raise with his two-year, $5.6 million contract signed earlier in the week to avoid salary arbitration, so he knows he’ll…

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Maple Leafs quietly grooming Frederik Andersen’s successor
July 10th, 2019 by Luke Fox - Sportsnet.ca

Joseph Woll has never played a pro hockey game and wasn’t going to see a second of NHL action. And yet, the touted Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending prospect travelled, practised and trained with the big club for the final five weeks of the season, including the seven-game playoff series with Boston, riding the highs and…

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