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• Could a four-and-a-half month layoff mean higher scoring when the NHL drops the puck again? [Sportsnet]
• It’s sounding more and more like Las Vegas will be one of the two hub cities. [Sin Bin Vegas]
• “The NHL Players Association plans to take action on behalf of several free agents looking to start their NHL contacts as soon as possible” [Lighthouse Hockey]
• Capitals assistant Reid Cashman has been named the new head coach of the Dartmouth’s men’s hockey team. Cashman will remain with the team through the end of the 2020 playoffs. [Dartmouth]
• The Ducks have sign Swedish Hockey League MVP Kodie Curran to a two-year deal. He posted 12 goals and 49 points with Rogle BK this season and also took home defenseman of the year. [TSN]
• Henrik Lundqvist on his future: “Now we are ready to run this summer and this season. I also know that in November and December last year, when I was at my best, I played as well as I did several years before. It was incredibly fun. If I can I find a situation where I play and deliver like that – why not continue?” [Forever Blueshirts]
• Get to know Tim Stutzle, the next German hockey star. [The Hockey News]
• Should the Jets try and pry Jack Eichel out of Buffalo? [Jets Nation]
• Owen Tippett and Henrik Borgstrom are likely call-ups for the Panthers when the NHL resumes play ahead of their series vs. the Islanders. [Panthers]
• The case for renaming the Art Ross Trophy to the Wayne Gretzky Trophy. [Ottawa Sun]
• Rasmus Dahlin reflects on a disappointing Sabres season: “That’s what it is – and you can’t do much about it. But now that all my Swedish hockey friends go over, I sit at home like a loser. It hurts and it makes me very frustrated. It’s not fun.” [Die by the Blade]
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