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NHL season preview: Power rankings, best- and worst-case scenarios and bold predictions

The 2021-22 NHL season is being called a return to normalcy. Last season was an unprecedented one for the NHL due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Four geographically realigned divisions, including one solely comprising Canadian teams; teams playing only opponents within those divisions; and a new playoff format that eschewed wild-card teams. But it ended just […]

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Lingering questions for all 32 NHL teams heading into training camp: Goaltending, lineup, injuries, more

But now that fall is officially set to begin on Thursday, it’s also time for training camps around the NHL to open, as we look ahead to opening night of the season on Oct. 11. To help get you ready for the next few weeks — as teams decide on which players make the roster, […]

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Best under-the-radar signings of the NHL offseason, including Frank Vatrano, Eric Comrie

We’re here to talk about the less chewed-over moves. The ones that maybe flew under the radar. Or got caught in a logjam of other action. One way or another, some signings simply didn’t get proper attention. Dylan Strome going to the Washington Capitals on a one-year contract? Could be a major upgrade for the […]

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Fantasy hockey reaction to 2022 NHL free agency signings, trades and more

Will the big defenseman Brent Burns continue to be a top fantasy option in Carolina? What effect will Claude Giroux and Andre Burakovsky have on their new linemates? ESPN Fantasy Hockey analysts Victoria Matiash and Sean Allen sort through the biggest free agent deals to help fantasy managers prepare for the 2022-23 season. NHL free […]

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2022 NHL free agency live tracker: Signings, analysis, grades and buzz

While the start of free agency is traditionally on July 1, it will begin this year on July 13 because of the shifted schedule of the 2021-22 season. Although the key dates have changed, the goal of free agency has not: GMs around the NHL hope to land the game-changing veteran who can boost their […]

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NHL Power Rankings way-too-early edition: Where do the Avalanche, Lightning, every other team land?

While Colorado gets to enjoy its parade, we’re already turning the page. Here are our way-too-early NHL Power Rankings for the 2022-23 season. Plus, before the fun of free agency begins on July 13, we’re making one recommendation for each club on how it can improve its prospects heading into next season. Don’t worry, Colorado […]

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Florida Panthers’ Joe Thornton undecided on return for 25th season

SUNRISE, Fla. — Joe Thornton’s career might be over. Or not. The veteran center, who just completed his 24th season in the NHL and first with the Florida Panthers, said Wednesday that he has not decided whether to retire or continue playing. “My wife was kind of asking me last night,” Thornton said. “And really, […]

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NHL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus the biggest decision for every team

For this week’s Power Rankings, we identify the big decision on tap (either in the coming weeks or this summer) for all 32 teams. How we rank: A panel of ESPN hockey commentators, analysts, reporters and editors rates teams against one another — taking into account game results, injuries and upcoming schedule — and those […]

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews to have hearing Monday for cross-checking Buffalo Sabres’ Rasmus Dahlin

The play happened late in the third period of Sunday’s outdoor game in Hamilton, Ontario. The Leafs had just gone down 4-2 following a goal by Sabres forward Peyton Krebs that went through a lengthy review by officials. Toronto’s bench was visibly frustrated by the decision, and the Leafs went on to lose the game […]

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Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs prepared for extreme wind, cold ahead of Heritage Classic in Hamilton, Ontario

“Cold.” The other thing Granato noticed? “The wind.” Those are the challenges Toronto and Buffalo are preparing to face when the puck drops at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario. The weather is expected to be much like it was on Saturday — temperatures around 10 degrees, wind gusts approaching […]

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