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7hChuck Gormley

How World Cup of Hockey affected NHL camps

The World Cup of Hockey created a window of opportunity for players trying to make NHL teams, and it also brought about some roster challenges for squads left short-handed.

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1dCraig Custance

Players poised for post-World Cup boost

Auston Matthews will use his World Cup experience as a springboard for his rookie campaign, and a handful of other players will see a similar boost.

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1dChris Jones

World Cup ticket upgrade creates hockey magic

It was pure hockey heaven at the World Cup finals for a Canadian grammy and her grandkids -- real fans -- who scored three golden tickets to move down from the rafters to the glamour seats.

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1dPierre LeBrun

Canada continues greatest run of all time

A perfect 12-0-0 between the Sochi Olympics and the World Cup -- with Thursday night's thrilling 2-1 victory over Europe the latest triumph -- is a stretch of hockey we won't soon forget.

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3dJoe McDonald

Zdeno Chara deserves cheers, not jeers

Team Europe's Zdeno Chara is a dedicated defenseman on the ice and a charitable ambassador for the game off of it, Joe McDonald says. So why do fans still boo the veteran Bruins blueliner?

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3dScott Burnside

Europe earns respect even in defeat

Team Europe showed the guts and single-mindedness it has become known for in a short time and gave us a strangely compelling and wholly unexpected effort in a 3-1 loss to Canada.

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Marchand scores to give Canada an early lead (0:43)
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5dPierre LeBrun

Team Canada's leaders are battle-tested

You won't see any panic or selfishness from Team Canada's core stars, including Sydney Crosby and Shea Weber, who know what it's like to play through the toughest of situations.

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6dJoe McDonald

Pride the root of Europe's success

A complete unknown and a bit of a joke early on, Europe has come together and proved with its win over Sweden and a berth in the finals against Canada that it is the real thing.

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6dJohn Buccigross

Buccigross: Sidney Crosby's on a roll, but where's the emotion?

For Sunday's Hat Trick Challenge, ESPN anchor John Buccigross wants Sidney Crosby to show more rage and wonders if we'll see one of his Canada linemates make a (Brad) Marchand of the Penguins.

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4dCraig Custance

The blueprint to an upset for Team Europe

It's hard to imagine Team Europe beating Team Canada in a three-game series. If they do, here's how it'll happen, according to Craig Custance.

Chris Jones
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The funnest day ever

Chris Jones took his son on an epic sports trip -- a Toronto FC game, followed by a World Cup of Hockey game -- and it taught him more about being a dad than anything else.

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Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Thanks, fellas. Good seeing you at the rink again.

Corey Pronman ESPN Writer 

Over years I see cases where Corsi stats and evaluators disagree over defensemen with decent frequency. Weber, Girardi, MacDonald, Ristolainen, Orpik comes to mind as prominent cases. Typically stats and scouts tend to line up, but the disagreement for some of these test cases are classifying players in two different worlds. That its for defensemen substantially more than forwards leads me to believe someone somewhere is making a systematic error. For cases like MacDonald, one could argue stats got it right, as his minutes and usage and ultimately roster spot fluctuated with time. However for most part I think it comes down to 1. Accounting for usage and; 2. Most importantly I believe defensemen value at even strength is grossly over rated as I've shown in previous research posted at ESPN which is what Corsi stats are usually referenced for. It is a lingering issue though and one I think is worthy of further debate.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Actually one more prospect whose stood out I forgot was Toronto's Andrew Nielsen. Big D with decent skill and great two-way hockey sense.

Henrik Lundqvist @HLundqvist30

Great feeling to be back on the ice today with the boys. Really excited to get going. Almost 4 months away from NYC, so happy to be back!

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Finally little Joe Hicketts (D) has had an impressive camp for Detroit. Will need AHL time but seems closer than I originally thought.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Nick Schmaltz is the big name college prospect with Chicago right now, but Tyler Motte has arguably looked as good if not better.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Chychrun has done all he's could to start the year on Coyotes roster. Depth chart issues and that he's 18 counter points but looked great.