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19hScott 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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16hScott 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.

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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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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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7dRob 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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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.

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9dJoe McDonald

Vesey is down to a short list

The New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs are the favorites to sign reigning Hobey Baker-winner Jimmy Vesey when he hits the free-agent market.

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Always an honor for Hemsky to represent Czech Republic (2:09)
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12dJoe 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.

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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.

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Melrose will miss Saunders immensely (2:44)
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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.

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Seguin recovering, looking forward to World Cup (2:24)
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Ovechkin shows off on roller blades (0:25)
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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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Ben Bishop has goals for the World Cup of Hockey (0:30)
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27dTal Pinchevsky

Players most likely leaving for Las Vegas

Some players were obtained in the offseason with the idea of being dangled in the Las Vegas expansion draft. Could being exposed in the draft be in the cards for these guys?

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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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Jamie Benn not able to take part in World Cup of Hockey after off-season surgery will be replaced on Team Canada roster by Logan Couture.

Matthew Coller

The Central Division has been the NHL's toughest for the past several years, but it appears the Metro is overtaking it. Matthew Coller of Hockey Prospectus explains why. Why the Metro is NHL's toughest division

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David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

The New York State Gaming Commission has issued temporary permits to DraftKings, FanDuel and three other fantasy sports operators. The companies are allowed to return to operations in New York immediately.

World cup of hockey: September on espn

It's the best of the outtakes from the Reg Carling Show getting ready for the World Cup of Hockey. Live coverage of all tournament games will be provided by ESPN in the United States.

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