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August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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MEET THE NEW GUY EASTERN CONFERENCE

The fact PAUL POSTMA was their highest-profile addition gives you an indication of how idle the Bruins were in the early days of free agency. Signed to a low-risk one-year deal worth $725,000, Postma is a depth defender and likely slots into the No. 7 spot on the blueline vacated by Joe Morrow, who left for Montreal. Jason Pominville has the name recognition in Buffalo, but the key piece in the Sabres’ predraft trade with Minnesota is defenseman MARCO SCANDELLA. He was buried in the Wild’s depth chart but will play a far more prominent role with the rebuilding Sabres. He could partner with Rasmus Ristolainen on Buffalo’s top pair. The new guy in Carolina is an old guy – and that’s just fine with the Hurricanes. JUSTIN WILLIAMS returns to the…

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BRYAN BICKELL

ACCORDING TO THE Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, some 2.5 million people around the world suffer from the disease, a disabling neurological condition that’s particularly prevalent in young adults. Certainly, far fewer are diagnosed while they are playing in the NHL. Before last fall, when Dr. Bloom told him he had MS, Bickell was a solid pro, four times eclipsing 20 points over parts of nine seasons with Chicago, where he won two Stanley Cups. His career hallmark came in the 2013 playoffs: Bickell scored nine goals during the Blackhawks’ title run, including the tying goal with 1:16 left in the third period of Game 6 against the Boston Bruins. Chicago took the lead seconds later, and the rest is history. He was traded to Carolina last year along with Teuvo Teravainen, casualties of the…

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The Hockey News 2017 NHL DRAFT GRADES

NICO OR NOLAN? Well, in the short term it was Nico, as New Jersey selected Hischier first overall at the draft, paving the way for Patrick to become a Flyer. But the top picks are the easy ones. Scouting departments and the GMs who oversee franchises really make their bones on the whole class, where the unearthing of gems and the maximizing of draft position can put a team way ahead of where it was just weeks prior. The 2017 draft class was seen as a soft one compared to recent years, where phenoms seemed to be readily available and other players managed to step up to the pros very quickly. With such uncertainty, it wasn’t surprising to see a wild swing in the fortunes of players such as Gabe Vilardi (dropped…

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MR. NICE GUY

SIDNEY CROSBY HAS never looked so lonely. He sits at a podium in the depths of Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena with an unprecedented amount of elbow room. He doesn’t face the usual swarm of cameras and reporters. It’s the rarest of hockey sights for the game’s biggest star. That’s because every reporter in the room stands about 15 feet away, at another podium, awaiting a different player’s arrival. Crosby’s ex-teammate, Marc-Andre Fleury, just finished his coronation as the Golden Knights’ final expansion draft pick, becoming the new franchise’s starting goaltender and first big-name player. Nobody wants to miss what ‘Flower’ has to say when he exits the stage. The reporters choose to let Crosby marinate in the corner rather than relinquish any real estate near Fleury. It’s an odd scene considering Fleury…