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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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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 2022 centers: Put Sebastian Aho, Trevor Zegras on your draft board

Folks, your faceoff leader from the 2021-22 campaign is listed as a winger. So is the player that finished third. If they aren’t exclusively centers in the NHL despite taking the most faceoffs, then who really is? We’re good? We can move on? Good. Choose your league size, customize the scoring and set the rules […]

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Pittsburgh Penguins extend coach Mike Sullivan’s deal through 2026-27

Sullivan, 54, has two years remaining on a contract that he signed in 2019. Once that deal concludes following the 2023-24 season, Sullivan’s new three-year contract extension will kick in. “Mike is one of the top coaches in the National Hockey League and it was important for us to have him signed long term,” said […]

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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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Pittsburgh Penguins agree to terms with Evgeni Malkin on 4-year, $24.4 million deal ahead of NHL free agency

Evgeni Malkin has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins on the eve of NHL free agency, ending a tumultuous week between the star center and the team. Malkin, 35, will earn $24.4 million over four years for an average annual value of $6.1 million. “Evgeni is a generational talent who will […]

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Longtime Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin to test NHL free agency in career first, source says

Evgeni Malkin will test free agency for the first time in his career as the star center and the Pittsburgh Penguins remain at a contract impasse, an NHL source told ESPN on Monday, confirming a TSN report. Malkin, 35, has spent all 16 years of his career with the Penguins. He was part of the […]

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Pittsburgh Penguins bring back veteran forward Rickard Rakell with six-year contract extension

The contract runs through the 2027-28 season, and carries an average annual value of $5 million. Rakell, 29, among some of the trade-deadline departures from the Anaheim Ducks last season, found a fit in Pittsburgh, when healthy. But the Penguins will now get to see how he can produce in their high-powered offensive system across […]

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