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• Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon will be back Wednesday night against Arizona after missing three games with an upper-body injury. “This is one of the top players in the world, and he’s our on-ice leader and we need him,” said head coach Jared Bednar. “We need that offensive punch.” [Avalanche]
• Should the NHL keep the 2020 draft in July or push it back to the fall? [The Score]
• The first Flames practice with Darryl Sutter on the ice saw a 35-minute bag skate. [TSN]
• Barry Trotz on reaching the 1,700 games coached milestone: “It means that I’m old.” [NHL.com]
• Dallas Eakins gets the vote of confidence from Ducks GM Bob Murray. [OC Register]
• Seth Jarvis and Ryan Suzuki are just a few OHL prospects flourishing this season in the AHL. [Rotoworld]