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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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After 16 seasons, defenseman Keith Yandle retires as NHL’s all-time leader in consecutive games

Yandle became the NHL’s all-time Iron Man last season, extending his consecutive-games streak to 989 before the Philadelphia Flyers scratched him late in the year. The 36-year-old blueliner also played for Arizona Coyotes, New York Rangers and Florida Panthers. “The last year it’s one of those things I’ve been thinking about,” Yandle said on the […]

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Bouncebacks: Can Chychrun, Pastrnak, Hamilton find their past scoring?

While expectations are one thing, I wanted to quantify exactly what we are looking for here. Taking the fantasy production put up by all NHLers over the past three years, I took the average fantasy points per game (FPPG) and per 60 minutes (FPP60) from the first two years and looked at the difference compared […]

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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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Vegas Golden Knights add to goaltender depth, acquire veteran Adin Hill from San Jose Sharks

The Sharks had a glut at goalie with James Reimer and Kaapo Kahkonen slated to be the top two options, leading to the decision to trade Hill on Monday after one season in San Jose. “We have significantly increased our organizational depth at the goaltending position over the last six months,” San Jose general manager […]

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Vegas Golden Knights add veteran presence up front, sign right wing Phil Kessel, 34, to one-year deal

The Vegas Golden Knights scooped up one of the last remaining notable free agents Wednesday, agreeing to a one-year deal with American forward Phil Kessel. The deal carries a price tag of $1.5 million, and ensures another veteran presence on a team looking to return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after missing out last season. […]

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Answering some of the biggest lingering offseason questions

While this next month unfurls toward the start of the 2022-23 campaign, there’s a few notable questions that remain unanswered and topics to keep an eye on. How those play out could still have a serious impact on teams entering the season. Nazem Kadri entered this offseason as one of the NHL’s top unrestricted free […]

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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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