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Report: Second set of CBA meetings will begin on July 5

It’s promising that the NHL and NHLPA will reportedly kick off their CBA negotiations on Friday, but it’s unlikely that they’ll hammer everything out before free agency begins. With that in mind, Darren Dreger reports that a second set of meetings will take place from July 5-6 in New York City.

Both the NFL and NBA required plenty of lengthy (some might say grueling) discussions before they hashed out their own deals. One could argue that both leagues faced more complicated questions than the NHL and NHLPA will face, but you never know how easy it will be to cut up that revenue pie.

At some point, it’s reasonable to hope that weekly meetings might turn to daily ones, but most fans and onlookers probably don’t care how a deal gets done. Instead, most of us just hope for as limited damage as possible.


Memorial Cup champion goalie Appleby signs with Devils

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Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.

Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.

Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.

Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.

PHT Morning Skate: NHL stars weigh in on McDavid

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)

While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)

Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (