Identifying Injury Risks Before the Season Even Starts

Jayson Spikes
September 13 2017 03:29PM

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NHL training camps open across the league this week and the buzz is back in the air! But before rosters can be pared down and preseason games can be played, the players will be put through a battery of tests. And while the off-ice fitness portion of training camp isn't the sexiest, I wanted to discuss its importance.

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NHL expansion or relocation to Seattle becoming more realistic

Cam Lewis
September 12 2017 11:20AM

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It was a decade ago that the SuperSonics limped into their final season in Seattle. After a miserable 2007-08 campaign, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sold the team and its new prize, Kevin Durant, to a group of businessmen from Oklahoma City, and the Sonics became the Thunder. 

Now, after years of speculation and failed proposals, Seattle has a timeline for the possible return of the NBA — and a brand new expansion into the NHL. On Monday, it was announced that Oak View Group (OVG), led by former Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke, and the city have reached an agreement to renovate KeyArena and have it suitable for professional sports by as early as 2020

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Why won’t teams offer sheet Andreas Athanasiou?

Cat Silverman
September 05 2017 03:11PM

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It was reported on Tuesday morning - however credible the rumour - that Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou is dangerously close to heading overseas for a year in the KHL.

From all angles, it’s a smart move for the skater.

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The Nation Notebook: Vanek to Vancouver, CBJ signs Wennberg, and Danis Zaripov

Christian Pagnani
September 04 2017 07:00AM

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The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article.

The Vancouver Canucks signed Thomas Vanek to a one-year deal. Columbus locks up their top center. Russian winger Danis Zaripov is eligible to play in the NHL despite his suspension overseas. And more PTOs are being signed each day.

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Have the McDavid/Draisaitl contracts torpedoed Edmonton’s cap situation?

Jonathan Willis
August 22 2017 10:00AM

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Last week, the Edmonton Oilers re-signed Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract, thereby (probably) finalizing their roster for next season and giving us a good idea of what they’ll look like beyond that.

The salary cap situation going forward is going to be difficult, but if the Oilers plot their decisions carefully it should be navigable.

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