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• How the Return to Play’s unique format changed the race for the Stanley Cup. [Five Thirty Eight]
• Ahead of their series with the Flames, what can the Jets take away from Calgary’s loss to Edmonton Tuesday night. [Sportsnet]
• Peter DeBoer plans to give both Robin Lehner and Marc-Andre Fleury plenty of work before the First Round. [Sin Bin Vegas]
• New dad Sean Couturier would like to add some Stanley Cup memories to his daughter’s baby book. [NBC Sports Philadelphia]
• What the NHL’s restart means to Jason Spezza. [Sportsnet]
• Ondrej Kase‘s absence opens the door for some competition in the Bruins’ lineup. [The Hockey News]
• The Bruins have extended Anders Bjork with a three-year, $4.8 million deal. [WEEI]
• How Marc Staal‘s experience will benefit the Rangers’ defense. [Forever Blueshirts]
• In case you missed it yesterday, Nathan MacKinnon seems ready to go:
• A little more on the Coyotes/John Chayka split: “After it appeared things remained status quo for Chayka and the Coyotes, he told Meruelo that he wanted to leave for an opportunity with that team: a job that would be a step up from NHL GM, into a role overseeing aspects of other sports teams in the owner’s portfolio. According to an NHL source, that team was the New Jersey Devils, whose owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer own the Philadelphia 76ers, Crystal Palace FC, multiple minor league teams, an esports team and, potentially in the future, the New York Mets.” [ESPN]
• Jesse Puljujarvi has left the door open for a return to the Oilers. [TSN]
• The NWHL is eyeing a January start for next season. [NWHL]
• Weeks after announcing it will be moving its program to Division I, St. Thomas University will be joining the CCHA for the 2021-22 season. [College Hockey News]
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