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3hPierre LeBrun

Rumblings: Vegas GM McPhee working all angles while building Golden Knights

George McPhee is getting creative and asking the league about salary retention in the expansion draft and other such loopholes.

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1mPierre LeBrun

NHLPA rejects offer to extend CBA for Olympics

The NHL Players' Association, as expected, has rejected the league's proposal to extend the collective bargaining agreement three years in exchange for Olympic participation.

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2hScott 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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SVP lookalike busts a move at the Bruins' game (0:38)
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10hJoe McDonald

Eichel bringing defensive chops, too

Sure, Jack Eichel has four points in two games since returning from injury. But the Buffalo Sabres are also benefiting from his two-way game. Plus, Vladimir Tarasenko is firing a hot stick.

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1dPierre 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)
Hossa's OT winner lifts Blackhawks (0:19)
Giroux scores Flyers' winning goal in OT (0:33)
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2dJoe McDonald

McDavid-Matthews rematch delivers big

The second showdown between franchise stars Connor McDavid of the Oilers and Auston Matthews of the Maple Leafs was more in line with their big expectations. Plus, Jack Eichel returns!


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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2dScott 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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2dScott 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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3dJohn Buccigross

Buccigross: How Ovi can break Gretzky's goals mark

Stay with us on this one: If you project ahead to age 40, writes John Buccigross, a healthy and driven Alex Ovechkin could surpass Wayne Gretzky's incredible record of 894 career goals.

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8dPierre LeBrun

Vets who might pack it in

The game has gotten faster in a hurry, which is phasing out some more experienced players. Which ones will hang around, and which will hang them up? We have ourselves a list.

Sam Ho

NHL logos redesigned with Vegas flair

Las Vegas and the NHL have been in the news a lot lately -- with the promise of more to come. So it got us thinking: What would today's team logos look like with a Vegas theme?


Pierre LeBrun ESPN Senior Writer 

The NHLPA officially notified the NHL on Friday that it had rejected the league's verbal offer to extend the CBA three years in exchange for an international package that included Olympic participation. This offer as we said from the get-go never had a chance. Players want to play in the Olympics of course but they also hate the escrow payments in the current CBA. So now what in terms of Olympic participation in South Korea 2018? NHL owners meet next week for the Board of Governors meeting in South Florida where it will be on the agenda. All sides need a decision by late January at latest.

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From here we'll see where it goes. NHL players still want to go to South Korea 2018. NHL meets with owners next week at BOG in South Florida

Sean Allen

A preview for the upcoming week in fantasy hockey, with key matchups and projections in a downloadable PDF cheat sheet, as well as notes on specific teams and players to use. Forecaster: Matchups, projections for Dec. 5-11

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There are potential trades out there for the Red Wings to make, but with players hurt up and down the roster, much progress can't be made. Injuries make trades difficult for Red Wings

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Pierre LeBrun ESPN Senior Writer 

The Devils placed Reid Boucher on waivers today while Eric Gelinas of Colorado cleared. Some people wondered if Gelinas might get claimed but I'm guessing his $1.575-million cap hit is why he wasn't. Plus as one scout says, he has struggled on a mediocre Avs blue-line. Still, I thought he showed some offensive upside in NJ. Maybe just needs a change of scenery. Still only 25.