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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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NHL adds meldonium to banned substances list

The NHL adds meldonium to its list of banned substances, effective for the upcoming season, after the league and its players' association agree to add it.

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Saad not scared to play World Cup of Hockey (0:30)
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Hockey Today: Talking about the World Cup

Sweden's Henrik Lundqvist joins the ESPN.com crew to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, and the writers also assess the Avalanche's hiring of Jared Bednar to replace Patrick Roy.

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Bergeron looking to join exclusive club (0:30)
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Ron Wilson recalls Chelios leaving sister's wedding for World Cup team (2:26)
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Schneider honored to wear USA jersey at World Cup (3:19)
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The great Canadian hockey heist (0:47)
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Get ready for the World Cup All-Snubs team

With names such as Hall, Perry, Lucic, Kessel, Giordano and Subban, a team made up strictly of players left off rosters would be a force to reckon with at the World Cup of Hockey.

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

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Reg Carling has some questions about Team Europe (0:30)
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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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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 six-year, $30 million deal for Danny DeKeyser raised some eyebrows this summer. What other contracts are concerning to a panel of hockey analytics experts? Analytics panel picks the NHL's worst new deals

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