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• Some good news for the St. Louis Blues, as Robby Fabbri, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jay Bouwmeester are all expected to be ready to camp. (NHL.com)
• The Boston Bruins have signed Sean Kuraly to a three-year contract extension. (WEEI)
• Should teams really spend big money during unrestricted free agency? Let’s just say there’s some mixed reviews. (Canes Country)
• Chris Botta argues that the acquisition of Matt Martin adds some pride to the Islanders lineup. (SNY.tv)
• The fact that the Rangers didn’t do much in free agency means that they’re big winners. (Blue Seat Blogs)
• The Chicago Blackhawks need to make a splash before the start of next season or they might continue to struggle next season. Signing Cam Ward and Chris Kunitz isn’t enough. (Faxes from Uncle Dale)
• The Humboldt bus crash hit home for Canucks prospect Kole Lind. He’s from Saskatchewan and he played against some of the players that died in the incident. (The Province)
• Vegas is one of the teams that have been linked to Erik Karlsson, but what happens if they whiff on him? (SinBin.Vegas)
• David Poile didn’t have to spend huge dollar amounts in free agency for him to be happy with his roster. It’s likely a good sign that they didn’t feel the need to bust the bank on a player or two. (Predlines)
• Blues forward Tyler Bozak wrote a letter to the city of Toronto. He spent the first nine years of his career with the Maple Leafs. (The Players’ Tribune)
• Will the Bruins’ off-season moves result in Torey Krug being traded in the near future? (NBC Sports Boston)
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