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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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Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre’s charity donated to University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Foundation while he pushed for state funds

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre’s charity, Favre 4 Hope, donated more than $130,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Foundation from 2018 to 2020, according to tax records obtained by ESPN on Wednesday. During this same period, Favre was trying to raise money for a new volleyball stadium at the university, where he played […]

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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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Defensemen preview: How early to draft Cale Makar, Brent Burns and others

A whopping 23 defensemen earned more than 2.0 fantasy points per game in ESPN’s standard league this past season, up from only a dozen the previous campaign. Another 33 between 1.8 and 2.0 … But then consider that 14 blueliners finished in ESPN’s Top-50 in total fantasy points, another 14 in the next 50. By […]

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How to play, and win, your fantasy hockey league like a pro!

As the old fantasy adage goes, regardless of sport, it’s considerably easier to lose a season-long league on draft day than it is to win one. A few ill-advised choices can sink your chances of fantasy victory right from the start, making for a long, slog of a season. Which renders that three-hour window on […]

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2022 NHL free agency: Which players are left, and where are they going?

General managers are heading back to their offices and starting to work the phones again with agents. At least one team is assembling its coaching staff this week to begin prep for training camp, which begins around Sept. 21. This is good news for the players that remain on the open market with contracts, hoping […]

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New Jersey Devils acquire John Marino, ‘a competitive, highly mobile defenseman,’ through trade

On Saturday, he cashed in on that quest, dealing a 2023 third-round draft choice along with Ty Smith to the Pittsburgh Penguins for John Marino. Marino, 25, can play on the right side for New Jersey — a clear position of need for a club that failed to make the playoffs last season — and […]

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Fantasy hockey: Way too early 2022-23 rankings

To get the ball rolling on discussions for the fall, we present the way-too-early top 300 fantasy rankings. Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton Oilers Auston Matthews, C, Toronto Maple Leafs Leon Draisaitl, W, Edmonton Oilers Igor Shesterkin, G, New York Rangers Nikita Kucherov, W, Tampa Bay Lightning Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Tampa Bay Lightning Kirill Kaprizov, W, […]

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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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The nine critical decisions that made the Colorado Avalanche a juggernaut

He was Colorado’s captain when the franchise last won a Stanley Cup, in 2001. Now, 21 years later, Sakic is the architect behind the Avalanche’s return to a Final, this one opening Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning (8 ET, ABC and ESPN+). Sakic took the reins as Colorado’s executive vice president of hockey operations […]

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