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23hRisto Pakarinen

Sweden's Hedman looking forward, not back

Consecutive high-profile defeats and an infamous national team snub are not foremost on the mind of Tampa Bay Lightning D-man Victor Hedman, who's determined to push Sweden in the World Cup.

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1dScott Burnside

Old dog David Backes learning new tricks

For the first time in his NHL career, David Backes will start the season with a new team. But that's not all: He's also a key component for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey.

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1dScott Burnside

Progess slow on leaner equipment for goalies

Sources tell ESPN that only one manufacturer has provided streamlined or tapered goaltending equipment for players. There is little hope the equipment will debut at the start of the season.

Outtakes from the Reg Carling World Cup promos (1:02)
Who will Melrose root for in World Cup of Hockey? (0:30)

World Cup captains, Josi, Tortorella, Cooper

Scott Burnside, Craig Custance and Joe McDonald talk Jimmy Vesey to the Rangers and discuss potential captain selections for the World Cup. Plus, Predators D Roman Josi, Blue Jackets HC John Tortorella and Lightning HC Jon Cooper.

Reg Carling has some questions about Team Europe (0:30)
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Vote for all-time best player for the big six

Who is the best player from the U.S., Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic? Help us determine National Hockey Legends: Pantheon of Greatness to be unveiled during the World Cup.

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8dRob Vollman

One big question for each East team

How much longer will Henrik Lundqvist be elite? Do the Bruins have enough depth? Rob Vollman asks one big question for every Eastern Conference team.

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8dRisto Pakarinen

Sweden's Hjalmarsson hooked on winning

Team Sweden is hoping Niklas Hjalmarsson will bring his championship fiber -- after all, he won three Stanley Cups in six years -- with him to the World Cup of Hockey.

Always an honor for Hemsky to represent Czech Republic (2:09)
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13dJoe McDonald

Nick Bonino brings Cup back to his roots

Nick Bonino's career got off to a rocky start, and his ascension to the pros was never a sure thing. But with his day with the Stanley Cup, he brought it back to where he turned it all around.

Nick Bonino brings Stanley Cup to Avon Old Farms (0:53)
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13dScott Burnside

We haven't seen the last of Patrick Roy

In the wake of Patrick Roy's shocking departure from the Colorado Avalanche, attention is split between what the team will do now and where the former goalie great will land next.

Melrose will miss Saunders immensely (2:44)
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14dTal Pinchevsky

Where are the top hockey hotbeds?

ESPN.com examined each World Cup roster to discover which programs are the top NHL incubators. From Michigan to Modo, Sweden, here are the sport's rising talent pools.

Seguin recovering, looking forward to World Cup (2:24)
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Vote now: How does your NHL team stack up?

ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. How does your favorite NHL team stack up? Vote now!

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2016 Free-Agent Tracker

Follow all the big (and small) signings as the NHL's free-agency season gets underway with some big names on the market.


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A hockey first. The Coyotes hired Dawn Braid as skating coach, the first full-time female coach in NHL history. es.pn/2bhqA1s

Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

Following well-established pattern Team Canada replaces left-handed shot defender in Duncan Keith with another leftie in Jay Bouwmeester.

Rob Vollman

A new contract this summer for the electrifying Filip Forsberg earned near universal praise. Which other deals impressed a panel of leading hockey analytics experts? Analytics panel picks the NHL's top new deals

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Sweden's overall defense of Niklas Hjalmarsson, Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman, Mattias Ekholm, Oliver Ekman Larsson, Erik Karlsson and Hampus Lindholm should boast the best blue line at the World Cup.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm has been added to Team Sweden's World Cup of Hockey roster. He replaces injured Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who dealt with knee issues last season. Lindholm, 22, has 23 goals and 92 points in 236 career NHL games. "Niklas has tried extremely hard to get ready for the World Cup, but unfortunately didn't he catch up on time with his rehabilitation," said coach Rikard Gronborg. "Hampus a very strong two-way defenseman and he is the complete package of size, skating and skills. He has been a top two defenseman for Anaheim the past couple of seasons."

Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

As others have reported can confirm Jiri Hudler to Dallas on a one-year deal, $2 million. Should be a good fit for both Stars and Hudler.