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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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Fantasy hockey: Top ten defensemen set for their breakout

Taking the past seven years of all NHL scoring and looking at the output from different age brackets, positions and tiers, we can see where there are steeper inclines to a typical player’s development. In other words, yes, we can visualize a breakout. I took the top 72 defensemen in fantasy points from each season […]

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NHL considering World Cup play-in for 2024, unsure on Russians, commissioner Bill Daly says

“For 2024, we may do a mini-qualifier as part of the tournament,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN on Thursday during the Player Media Tour here. The NHL and the NHLPA are working out details for the first World Cup of Hockey since 2016, targeting a 17-day window in February 2024 that would interrupt […]

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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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The Owen Power era arrives for the Buffalo Sabres

He chose poorly. “It was kind of embarrassing I didn’t get it,” Power said. Power and his girlfriend Victoria were seated behind left field when Jays catcher Danny Jansen smacked a pitch over the wall and into the stands. “I went and got some popcorn for us,” Power said. “On the way down, I was […]

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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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2022-23 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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New York Rangers name defenseman Jacob Trouba captain

Rangers president and general manager Chris Drury announced the selection in a news release Tuesday morning, and the team held a news conference with Drury, Trouba and coach Gerard Gallant at the team’s practice facility in Greenburgh, New York, in the afternoon. Trouba, a first-round selection by Winnipeg in the 2012 draft, was acquired from […]

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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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