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• Tony DeAngelo and the Rangers avoid arbitration and work out a two-year, $9.6M extension. [Blueshirt Banter]
• Still unsigned, Zdeno Chara is looking at all of his options before deciding to sign for next season. [The Score]
• Why a Patrik Laine trade could be “mutually beneficial.” [Jets Nation]
• Marc Bergevin got emotion when talking about Brendan Gallagher after re-signing the forward: “Gally, for me, he’s a special person.” [Sportsnet]
• How the city of Tampa became a go-to hub for the NCAA Frozen Four. [The Hockey News]
• On the Islanders trading Devon Toews: “No matter how you rate the player, the Islanders gave up a key roster contributor for futures because of past and present mistakes.” [Lighthouse Hockey]
• Julien BriseBois helped build the champion Lightning. Now his next task is to keep them competitive under a tight salary cap. [ESPN]
• “The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning that recreational hockey has the right conditions for a “superspreader event” of COVID-19.” [CTV]
• Which still available top-six wingers could help the Canucks? [Canucks Army]
• The time is now for the Predators’ top players to produce next season. [Predlines]
• Steve Yzerman is confident there is light at the end of the Red Wings’ rebuilding phase. [NHL.com]
• Jimmy Vesey heads to the Maple Leafs with plenty to prove. [TSN]
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