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8hScott Burnside

Non-NHL Olympic rosters for USA, Canada

If the NHL and NHLPA can't come to an agreement with the IOC about participation in the Olympics, what would Team USA and Team Canada look like? We drafted some teams.

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Patent office denies Golden Knights trademark

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied the Vegas Golden Knights' trademark request, citing a "likelihood of confusion." The franchise had just unveiled its name Nov. 22.

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Photos: The NHL's top young guns

Has this season's youth movement heralded the best talent wave in NHL history? These 15 fledgling stars with skills beyond their years are changing the fortunes of their teams -- and making a convincing case that this is hockey's golden age.

Over 10,000 teddy bears rain down after Kitchener Rangers' goal (0:26)
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2dPierre 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.

Backstrom goes five-hole on OT winner (0:31)
Stewart goes five-hole on breakaway goal (0:51)
Kelly puts the Senators up for good (0:39)
McDavid records two assists, but Oilers fall to Sabres (1:11)
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2dCraig 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?

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2dJoe 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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3dJoe 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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8dScott 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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6dScott 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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7dPierre 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)


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon scored a shorthanded goal for a 2-0 lead over the Bruins. It was MacKinnon's seventh goal of the season. He has the ability to be an elite player in this league but this is the season he needs to elevate his game. The Avalanche need him to be that type of player in order for the team to have success.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly provided an update regarding the Vegas NHL expansion franchise getting its trademark declined. He said the decision was a surprise but still expects the Golden Knights to ultimately get registered. "Most importantly, from our perspective nothing changes," Daly said. "The franchise will go forward with that name and that logo. We have every expectation that we'll ultimately get that registration."

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Duchene has 10 goals this season, all on the road, for the Colorado Avalanche. Once he gets on a roll, goals should start to come in bunches. He's highly skilled and will go into traffic to score. He has great hands around the net and just proved it on that goal to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead over the Bruins. He can flat out fly and is an exciting player to watch. He's the type of player that will do anything for his teammates.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Bruins host the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

According to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, the NHL's Board of Governors made no decision today on Olympic participation in 2018. There was no formal vote. Bettman did say there was a strong negative sentiment among owners about going to the Olympics.

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Bettman on how league would handle NHL players that play in Olympics regardless of NHL's participation: "We're not going to go there today."

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Bettman on offering Olympic participation for CBA extension: "No demands were made. It was never like that. It was always in a discussion."

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

Bettman says cap range was given. Doesn't share specific number but says range goes from current cap to a couple million increase.

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Get caught up with all the latest fantasy-relevant news around the NHL, including injury fill-ins and new line combinations, with intel on every team. Key fantasy tips on every NHL team

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Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

A couple of NHL legends - Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille head in for NHL Board of Governors meeting.

Pierre LeBrun ESPN Senior Writer 

Just another note on Garbutt for you CBA fans. His actual AAV is $1.8 million but counts only $900,000 on Ducks cap because Dallas retained the other $900,000 in a trade with Chicago previously. Garbutt was dealt by the Hawks to Anaheim last January for Jiri Sekac. Point is, if a team claims Garbutt on Friday he counts only 900k as a cap hit