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Edmonton Oilers nearing contract extension with winger Zack Kassian

According to Sportsnet's Mark Spector, the Edmonton Oilers are nearing a contract extension with Zack Kassian.
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Tkachuk clan knows the game is better with more characters

In the entertainment world Matthew Tkachuk thrives in, we need more leaders who are confident, smart enough and skilled enough to wear the black hat.
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Learning what it meant to be a pro is paying off for Kapanen

Kapanen and Keefe's relationship dates back to the AHL. There has been some friction along the way, but there are benefits, too. Keefe, still adjusting to life in the NHL, already knows what buttons to push. And he’s seen Kapanen quietly put together a productive stretch with nine points to show for his last 10 games.
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Panthers down another goalie, injured Driedger to miss weeks

Florida goalie Chris Driedger will miss several weeks with what's believed to be a groin injury, the latest health issue at that position for the Panthers.
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Not such a close shave for Tampa as they crush the Jets

Anthony Cirelli scored his first career hat trick and Nikita Kucherov added a pair of goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning routed the Winnipeg Jets 7-1 on Friday.
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Crosby continues to dominate since his return from surgery

Sidney Crosby scored a power-play goal 1:33 into overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 Friday night.
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Bruins' Backes, Lightning's Schenn clear NHL waivers

David Backes of the Boston Bruins along with Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Luke Schenn both cleared waivers on Saturday.
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There's a lot more in this article than just the title topic. Gives you a great "behind the scenes" peek into a week in the "old" NHL days

In this week's mailbag from Dan Murphy, he catches up with former Canucks Tom Sestito, who recalls one of Vancouver's whackiest weeks in memory -- which culminated with John Tortorella angrily going towards Calgary's dressing room. Plus: are the Canucks really better on defence with Micheal Ferland and Brandon Sutter?
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After the Kassian and Perreault rulings by the NHL, players are once again confused as to what's legal this time around. Stay tuned.....

Mathieu Perreault was furious after taking a stiff elbow from Vancouver’s Jake Virtanen away from the play — an incident that went unpunished by the league’s department of player safety.
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Panic at the disco.....

What led to the firings in New Jersey and Vegas, and what's next? Elliotte Friedman has answers in the 31 Thoughts.
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Coyotes' Rick Tocchet replacing Gallant as Pacific coach at All-Star Game

Arizona Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet will replace Gerard Gallant as the Pacific Division team coach at the NHL All-Star Game, the league announced Thursday.
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You win some, you lose some. Strange days in Vegas

The Vegas Golden Knights have fired head coach Gerard Gallant and named Peter DeBoer as his replacement, the team announced on Wednesday.
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Tree has Tkachuk covered

While much has been said about Matthew Tkachuk's style of play in the wake of his run-in with Edmonton's Zack Kassian, his general manager said the organization takes no issue with how their young winger has conducted himself.
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Flames GM Treliving weighs in on Tkachuk situation: 'We've got his back'

While much has been said about Matthew Tkachuk's style of play in the wake of his run-in with Edmonton's Zack Kassian, his general manager said the organization takes no issue with how their young winger has conducted himself.
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Jeckyl & Hyde show continues for the 'Nucks

The Vancouver Canucks actually played well enough to win against the Winnipeg Jets. But it was the strong play of goaltender Connor Hellebuyck that continued Vancouver's dismal record in Manitoba.
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Only four points in Crosby's first game back?? Maybe he needs more rehab.......

Sidney Crosby watched the Pittsburgh Penguins thrive in his absence. The longtime captain pledged he would simply focus on doing his part to keep the Penguins rolling in his return from a two-month layoff.
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The 'Oil finally conquer Smashville

Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers emerged with a 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.
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Back to the future.......

Inside the game, Tkachuk’s hits are seen as cheap shots for which a player should answer by fighting, if the victim so chooses.
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2 for 2. The Canucks' pull-off two bounce back wins after two big losses

The Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 Sunday to sweep a pair of weekend matinees, which began with a 6-3 win Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres after a pair of dismal losses in Florida.
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It's good to see Cory Schneider back in the NHL after a stint in the minors

Cory Schneider is heading back to the NHL.
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Opinions are divided on whether it should be Kassian or Tkachuk facing the music

Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian will have a hearing Monday after an altercation with Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk during the second period of the two teams' matchup Saturday.
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It's the end of the road for Shero in New Jersey

The New Jersey Devils and general manager Ray Shero have agreed to part ways, the team announced Sunday.
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Panthers' blow out the Leafs, and see a new career points leader in Huberdeau

Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist, surpassing Olli Jokinen for the franchise's career points lead with 420, and the Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-4 on Sunday night.
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Tomas Hertl, Max Pacioretty named as NHL All-Star Game replacements

San Jose Sharks centre Tomas Hertl and Vegas Golden Knights winger Max Pacioretty will replace Logan Couture and Jakob Silfverberg, respectively, at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.
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Tomas Hertl, Max Pacioretty named as NHL All-Star Game replacements

San Jose Sharks centre Tomas Hertl and Vegas Golden Knights winger Max Pacioretty will replace Logan Couture and Jakob Silfverberg, respectively, at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.