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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.

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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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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.

Over 10,000 teddy bears rain down after Kitchener Rangers' goal (0:26)
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4hScott 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.

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)


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

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Colorado Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla will play in his 1,500th career game on Saturday. He will become only the 16th player in NHL history to reach that milestone. Here's the future Hall of Famer discussing his career and the state of today's game.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene, 25, has played 515 career games in the NHL. On Saturday, teammate Jarome Iginla will reach 1,500 games. Here's Duchene discussing Iginla's milestone and importance of his voice in the room.


Pierre LeBrun ESPN Senior Writer 

The Ducks placed veteran forward Ryan Garbutt on waivers Thursday. Fallen behind the likes of Cramarossa and Shaw on the depth chart it would appear. Will be interesting to see if Garbutt, 31, gets claimed Friday. The Senators have been scouring the market looking for a depth F. The Habs have injuries. He makes 900k

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

NHL owners are meeting today in Palm Beach for annual December Board of Governors meeting. Expected to provide clarity on NHL participation in Winter Olympics and an early look at 2017-18 salary cap among other topics.

Rob Vollman

This may have been a surprisingly humbling start to the season, but the underlying numbers suggest that the Capitals remain the team to beat in the Eastern Conference this season. The Capitals are the East's top team

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Craig Custance

If the NHL sends its players to the 2018 Olympics, who makes the roster for Team USA? Here's our early projection. Projecting the Team USA roster for 2018

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