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• Nate Schmidt on coming to the Canucks: “I’ve been talking to some of the guys in Vancouver and one of the best things and one of the things I’ve heard about the most is how tightly knit the group was.” [Sportsnet]
• Salary arbitration hearings will begin Oct. 20 and end Nov. 8. [NHLPA]
• Examining the new defense in Nashville after a few days of free agency. [A to Z Nashville]
• Marco Rossi will find it a tough challenge to crack the Wild roster next season. [Zone Coverage]
• With a year left on his contract, is Rick Tocchet long for Arizona? [Five for Howling]
• A Blackhawks logo statue outside of United Center defaced with graffiti and paint over the weekend. [NBC Sports Chicago]