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Calgary Flames 'have a lot to prove' in critical playoff run

After being "embarrassed" by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of last year's playoffs, some doubt whether or not this group can win a Stanley Cup. There's a lot on the line in 2020 for the Flames, and another early exit could lead to big change.
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Hughes, Makar and Kubalik named finalists for Calder

Defencemen Quinn Hughes and Cale Makar, of the Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche, respectively, and left winger Dominik Kubalik of the Chicago Blackhawks have been named the three finalists for the 2019‑20 Calder Memorial Trophy, the league announced Wednesday.
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Cheaters never prosper......Lol

In their quest to make the best of this unprecedented summer training camp, the Toronto Maple Leafs inadvertently went offside.
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Lightning's Stamkos to be limited in camp due to new lower-body injury

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will be a limited participant in training camp but is expected to play in the playoffs after suffering a lower-body injury during Phase 2 skates.
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Canucks' are up against it.......

The NHL's stagnant cap of $81.5 million could remain flat for a while and exacerbates what was already going to be a serious budgeting problem for the Vancouver Canucks.
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The schedule as we know it so far......

Much of the NHL’s adjusted critical dates calendar is still considered tentative, but the potential look the league released Friday night as part of its return-to-play package certainly painted a chaotic picture about how it intends to finish the 2019-20 season and transition to 2020-21 in an expedited fashion.
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Canucks say Sven Baertschi is opting out of NHL's return

Vancouver Canucks forward Sven Baertschi has opted out of returning to play, the team confirmed in a statement.
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NHL is back in business with ratification of CBA, return-to-play plan

Call it all systems go on the league’s summer restart following Friday’s ratification of protocols governing the return-to-play plan and an extension to the collective bargaining agreement running through September 2026.
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What life in NHL's 'secure zone' could look like when season restarts

The NHL's protocols — still subject to ratification by NHL players and owners — offer the clearest picture yet of what a 24-team playoff tournament might look like in lockdown, assuming that can be pulled off. Chris Johnston breaks down all the details.
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Canucks' Tanev chomping at the bit to get back at

As the NHL's return inches closer, Canucks defenceman Chris Tanev is eager for his first taste of the playoffs in five seasons.
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NHL, NHLPA tentatively agree to CBA extension, return-to-play plan

The NHL and the NHLPA have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding on an extension to the collection bargaining agreement and a separate agreement on returning to play, both sides announced Monday.
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Hubba, Hubba.......Toronto and Edmonton look to be the centre of the NHL for this season

As the NHL and NHLPA continue to hammer out details for the league's Return to Play plan, it's expected that Toronto and Edmonton will be announced as hub cities.
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The Olympics are apparently also on the table as part of the ongoing NHL/NHLPA CBA negotiations

As negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA hit critical mass, word is spreading that Olympic participation is part of the agreement.
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Happy Canada Day from HockeyCircles!! Here's hoping that we get our Game back soon!

As the NHL and NHLPA continue to hammer out details for the league's Return to Play plan, it's expected that Toronto and Edmonton will be announced as hub cities.
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Escrow it goes in ongoing CBA talks.....

As the NHL and NHLPA work towards an agreement on returning to play, the two sides are also trying to strike a deal on a CBA extension. Elliotte Friedman reports that those discussions have included a cap on escrow and a salary deferral for the players.
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Detroit holds an 18.5% chance of landing the 1st overall pick in NHL's "unusual" draft lottery

In a world dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic — one where life for countless people and businesses has been turned upside down — the NHL will hold the most unusual draft lottery in its history the same night the first round was originally supposed to go ahead in Montreal.
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More people in BC died from overdoses in May alone than have died from it all year, but virus keeps hockey out of Vancouver.

The NHL could not agree on contingency plans should a player test positive for COVID-19 during a proposed playoff tournament in Vancouver which means the city will not host the league's restart.

Flyers' Lindblom skates with team as chemo treatments near end

Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom skated with team Tuesday in one of the few times he's hit the ice since he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.

Canucks' Benning hopes players return to Vancouver this week as camp looms

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning is trying to get enough players to return to the city for the team to re-open its training facilities.
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NHL drops another contender from hub city short list

The NHL has informed the Pittsburgh Penguins that the city of Pittsburgh is no longer being considered for one of the two hub cities in the league's return to play plan.
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Devils forward Nico Hischier staying sharp as a knife

With the New Jersey Devils missing out on the NHL's 24-team return from the pause caused by the novel coronavirus, centre Nico Hischier is putting his extended off-season to good use.