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Fantasy hockey: Top ten forwards set for their breakout

Saying that forwards at the age of 24 (using their age prior to Jan. 31 of the current season) score more fantasy points than any other age is true. It’s also true to say the largest single increase in production between age brackets is between the ages of 22 and 23, closely followed by the […]

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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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Carolina Hurricanes add to makeover with center Paul Stastny

The 36-year-old received a one-year, $1.5 million contract for what will be his 17th NHL season. There were younger, faster centers available this summer, but Stastny is a consistent, durable second- or third-line option for a team that needs help on special teams and in the faceoff circle. The addition of Stastny shores up the […]

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2022-23 ESPN Fantasy Hockey rankings

While many line combinations and goalie splits around the NHL landscape are still to be decided, next season’s top picks won’t look that different from the last. Want Hart Trophy winner Auston Matthews or Vezina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin? Well, you’re going need a top pick or pay up in a salary cap draft. So […]

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Fantasy hockey dynasty ranks: What will the NHL look like in 2027

Well, we know their age. We also know what kind of production they have put up in the past. But beyond those two criteria, we don’t really know a whole lot. We can certainly guess a lot. In January 2018, ESPN asked me to do the first one of these dynasty rankings. While I didn’t […]

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Nashville Predators sign Nino Niederreiter to two-year, $8 million contract

The Nashville Predators have signed forward Nino Niederreiter to a two-year, $8 million contract, the team announced Thursday. The Predators needed to boost their offense even after signing Filip Forsberg to an eight-year extension earlier this month. Niederreiter, coming off back-to-back 20-plus-goal seasons, is a big winger (6-foot-2) with a strong two-way game who can […]

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2022 NHL free agency: Winners and losers of Day 1, plus the best remaining players

The opening hours of NHL free agency did not bring us an answer as to where Nazem Kadri and John Klingberg would be skating in 2022-23, but there was no shortage of money being doled out elsewhere. Plus, we were treated to some blockbuster trades, as the Carolina Hurricanes added Brent Burns and Max Pacioretty […]

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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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2022 Stanley Cup playoffs: Takeaways after four games in each second-round series

We’re past the halfway point of each second-round series in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, and one conference semifinalist has already begun its offseason, as the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Florida Panthers were swept by the Tampa Bay Lightning. What have the first four games of each series taught us? And how will those lessons impact the […]

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New York Rangers coach Gerard Gallant upset with Game 3 ‘cheap shot’ from Carolina Hurricanes

NEW YORK — If the Carolina Hurricanes were looking to send a message after their Game 3 loss, New York Rangers coach Gerard Gallant cautioned that they might not like the response. “I wasn’t happy with the bulls— at the end of the game that they initiated,” Gallant said after the Rangers’ 3-1 win on […]

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