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• On Connor McDavid‘s case to be dubbed the greatest player ever right now: “It’s eminently logical the best player of all-time would come from the present rather than the past.The level of competition has never been greater. The level of coaching never better. The level of preparation never more thorough. The level of play by an individual never higher. Howe, Orr, Gretzky and Lemieux were all steps forward in hockey’s evolutionary chain. But this corner says none of them, no matter how brilliant, ever played the game quite like McDavid.” [TSN]
• Why Rod Brind’Amour should resist going to Frederik Andersen for Game 5: “Even if he is ready/available, I would not go to Andersen on Thursday. To me, it just makes no sense deviating from a formula that has worked at home with Raanta generally being solid, especially at home. If and only if the Canes lose on Thursday and Raanta is ‘meh’ or worse would I consider turning to Andersen for [G]ame 6.” [Canes and Coffee]
• “Call it gamesmanship or part of the code or whatever, but make no mistake: by refusing to comment [on threats directed at Kadri], Berube spoke volumes about an ongoing lack of empathy and understanding about the world and hockey’s place in it.” [Daily Faceoff]
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 24, 2022
• Kelly McCrimmon is in no hurry to hire a new head coach for the Golden Knights. [Sin Bin Vegas]
• Finland and Latvia are expected to host the 2023 IIHF men’s World Championship that was originally scheduled to take place in Russia. [CBC]
• A look at how everything went so wrong for the Flyers this season. [NBC Sports Edge]