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6hScott Burnside

Why the NHL shouldn't return to the Olympics

Players rejected the NHL's proposal to extend the CBA in exchange for Olympic participation, which may mean playing in the Games is over for NHL players. Scott Burnside says it's the right move.

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15hPierre LeBrun

Sources: NHL, NHLPA mulling 'bye week' in '17-18

The NHL and NHL Players' Association are discussing plans to implement five-day bye weeks for teams during the the 2017-18 season, according to sources.

McDavid records two assists, but Oilers fall to Sabres (1:11)
Tavares blasts power-play goal for Islanders (0:25)
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1dCraig Custance

Teams hurt most by bad, old deals

Which NHL teams have the biggest disadvantage due to declining players still making big money? What's the cost still being paid?

Laine's goal not enough as Jets fall to Red Wings (0:24)
Gaudreau, Monahan scores in Flames' win over Stars (0:42)
Hossa scores two in Blackhawks' victory (0:31)
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1dJoe McDonald

Pastrnak's creativity leading Bruins

We talk a lot about Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews, but David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins is making his case as being one of the most exciting players to watch in the league.

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2dJoe McDonald

Gaudreau's return boosts Flames' hopes

Back three weeks early from a fractured finger, young star Johnny Gaudreau is giving the Calgary Flames a serious chance at making a run at the Pacific title. Plus, Corey Crawford injury benefit?

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7dScott Burnside

Why Kucherov, not McDavid, is my MVP

Connor McDavid is crazy good and Carey Price is the game's best goalie. But neither would get Scott Burnside's award vote. Here's why Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Suter deserve the hardware instead.

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5dScott Burnside

Johansen, Draisaitl top under-24 rankings

Nashville's Ryan Johansen and Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl lead the charge for the league's young guns in the latest edition of our under-24 rankings. Plus, can the Ducks contain Connor McDavid?

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6dPierre LeBrun

Let teams shoot for three

With 15 teams essentially tied in the standings, Pierre LeBrun says it's time to allow the cream to rise and award three points for a regulation-time victory.

Toews and Matthews get destructive in game of 'call your shot' (3:37)

Panthers talk; Brian Campbell joins the show

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun are in Bristol! Joined by Craig Custance, they discuss the Panthers' dismissal of Gerard Gallant, the return of Jack Eichel, if the NHL should address league parity and more. Plus, Blackhawks D Brian Campbell stops by.

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7dScott Burnside

Golden Knights offer golden opportunity for Craven

In a matter of months, former player Murray Craven has gone from being Bill Foley's golfing buddy to helping Foley, the owner of the new Vegas expansion team, build a franchise from scratch.


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Had a chance to hang out a bit with Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones whose place isn't nearly as messy as he thinks.


Craig Custance

How much of an impact does the success of a team's AHL affiliate have on success at the NHL level down the road? What AHL success does for parent team

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Too long didn't read: I have reasonable belief to think Russell isn't a good player but at least willing to hear out alternative arguments.

Scott Burnside ESPN Senior Writer 

And now the almost finished product.

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You just never know what you'll find at the rink. Like at Nationwide Arena where ice sculptors are hard at work on a carving that will be featured in the Columbus Blue Jackets holiday card.