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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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Columbus Blue Jackets give Patrik Laine 4-year, $34.8M extension

Patrik Laine has signed a long-term deal to stay with the Columbus Blue Jackets, completing the final major item on their checklist to cap off a successful offseason. The winger re-signed Friday for four years and $34.8 million, a contract that carries an $8.7 million salary cap hit through 2026. The deal allows Columbus to […]

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Forward Andre Burakovsky, ‘a streaky scorer,’ secures five-year contract from Seattle Kraken

Free agent forward Andre Burakovsky is joining the Seattle Kraken on a five-year contract worth $27.5 million, it was announced Wednesday. The big winger is coming off a career-best regular season in which he scored 22 goals and 61 points in 80 games with the Colorado Avalanche. Burakovsky had a tough start to the postseason […]

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Fantasy hockey forecaster: April 11 to April 17

There are also limited players available that can be a contributor on your team for the stretch run. But, with a 65 percent available threshold, here is one starting lineup of free agents that you could potentially use. Mathieu Joseph, W, Ottawa Senators (95 percent): Even when Drake Batherson is healthy, the Sens are dividing […]

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NHL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus the best trade of the past 10 years for each team

Trade season 2022 has arrived in the NHL! While there wasn’t a ton of action in recent weeks, we’ve seen an uptick now that Monday’s trade deadline is less than a week away. You can stay updated on all of the current deals with our trade tracker, but this week for the Power Rankings, we’re […]

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Waiver watch: Here’s why Dumoulin, Savard are consistent defenseman pickups

Tim Stutzle, LW/C, Ottawa Senators (Rostered in 49.0% of ESPN.com leagues): As discussed in last week’s revised schedule piece, the sophomore, along with his Ottawa teammates, is going to be busier than most other NHLers through February. With 12 contests on the month’s slate (in contrast, the Lightning play only six), Stutzle will have ample […]

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Fantasy hockey rankings: Seven players who drive their team’s scoring

But beyond the obvious names, there are a few less obvious ones sprinkled among the players who are the biggest contributors to their team’s scoring. Shayne Gostisbehere, D, Arizona Coyotes (point on 52.2 percent of team’s goals, second in NHL): While he’s close to Draisaitl in percentage, it is a little less impressive since the […]

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Fantasy hockey rankings: Should you drop these seven players?

In the spirit of potentially finding some room on your roster, let’s cull the list of players to those with at least 12 minutes of ice time per game and six games played, then look at which players are rostered in at least 20 percent of ESPN leagues and doing nothing for you. Fun. Free. […]

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