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Play-in round team wins draft lottery, shot at Lafreniere

[ad_1] Alexis Lafreniere was supposed to walk on stage Friday night in Montreal as the top pick in the NHL draft. After the COVID-19 pandemic paused the hockey season and postponed that possibility, Lafreniere was supposed to find out Friday night where he’d be going when the league held its draft lottery. Instead, he’ll have to wait a little bit longer. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the
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Play-in round team wins draft lottery, shot at Lafrenière

[ad_1] A team that loses in the NHL’s qualifying round won the draft lottery Friday night and will get the first overall pick. As part of the league’s revamped lottery that comes with a 24-team playoff format, several teams that could resume the season had a chance at one of the top three picks. That’s exactly what happened, and the league will need to re-do the lottery for that selection
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NHL is not planning to quarantine players at training camp

[ad_1] Jason Spezza‘s confidence in the NHL returning has not been shaken by word of 11 fellow players testing positive for the coronavirus. Given his involvement in NHL Players’ Association talks, the veteran Toronto forward knew from doctors’ input there would be positive test results in hockey, just as there have been in other sports as group workouts ramp up across North America. Those may well continue to happen with training camps
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NHL not planning to quarantine players for training camps

[ad_1] Jason Spezza’s confidence in the NHL returning has not been shaken by word of 11 fellow players testing positive for the coronavirus. Given his involvement in NHL Players’ Association talks, the veteran Toronto forward knew from doctors’ input there would be positive test results in hockey just as there have been in other sports as group workouts ramp up across North America. Those very well may continue to happen
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Vancouver out of the running to be an NHL hub city

[ad_1] The Vancouver Canucks say the city is out of the running to act as a hub for the NHL playoffs. Canucks Sports and Entertainment thanked British Columbia health officials for their support during the bid to host the NHL’s summer Stanley Cup tournament. The team says it will now look forward to welcoming its players back for training camp. Premier John Horgan expressed his disappointment at the decision, but
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Rangers’ Panarin expresses concern over NHL return, finances

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — NHL MVP candidate Artemi Panarin said Thursday he has concerns about the health and safety of players if the season resumes and about finances beyond that. The New York Rangers winger posted a statement on Twitter saying he’s worried about the “long-term prosperity of the NHL.” His major concern is escrow payments made by players in recent years. “Players have protected the owners income with
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Panthers’ Barkov invests in his former Finnish club

[ad_1] MIAMI (AP) — Aleksander Barkov started his hockey life as a 4-year-old for the Tappara club in his hometown of Tampere, Finland. Two decades later, Barkov is investing in his roots. The Florida Panthers’ captain has become the third-largest investor in the Tappara club, a deal that was announced Thursday. The exact amount he paid for his ownership share was not disclosed. “This is a huge step for me
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Iginla headlines 2020 Hall class as 4th Black player elected

[ad_1] Jarome Iginla headlines the Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2020 after being elected Wednesday in his first year of eligibility. Iginla will be the fourth Black player inducted after Grant Fuhr, women’s hockey pioneer Angela James and Willie O’Ree. Iginla and Fuhr are the only Black NHL players enshrined for their on-ice accomplishments, while O’Ree was chosen in the builder category in 2018 for breaking the league’s color
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Mellow Matt; Penguins G Murray eyeing present, not future

[ad_1] PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Murray’s legacy with the Pittsburgh Penguins — such as it is at age 26 — is secure, as. That tends to happen when you have your name on the Stanley Cup. Twice. It’s the goaltender’s future, however, that is murky. Not that Murray is thinking about the uncertainty that awaits whenever the “official” NHL offseason arrives. With restricted free agency looming and the economic fallout
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Flyers F Lindblom skates with team, recovering from cancer

[ad_1] PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom skated with team Tuesday in one of the few times he’s hit the ice since he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. The 23-year-old Lindblom, a native of Sweden, has been ruled out of play should the NHL season resume. Lindblom said he was down to his final chemotherapy treatments. Lindblom suffers from Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumor