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Tom’s Daily: Handicapping the West Division; Stepan to Sens

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Tom’s Daily: Looking at the West Division; Vegas Golden Knights prospect Brandon Kruseand his unusual senior season; Stepan sent to the Sens; VGK fans have a new streaming option this season.

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The West Division should be a fun, competitive division this year. At least in the top half. Here’s NHL.com’s look at how things might shake out. (NHL.com)

There’s a new streaming option for VGK fans this season. (Las Vegas Review-Journal) At least it’s better than what Avs fans are dealing with! (ColoradoHockeyNow)

Brandon Kruse is working his way through an unusual senior season at Bowling Green. The Golden Knights prospect is projeting better than a point-per-game so far on the ice. (NHL.com)

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Derek Stepan was shipped to the Ottawa Senators from the Arizona Coyotes, giving the Sens more center depth and eating up a chunk of that free cap space they had. (Sportsnet)

Ilya Kovalchuk won’t be playing in the NHL this year. Or next year. (NHL.com)

Michael Del Zotto signs a pro tryout contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Expect a lot of fringe NHL guys who don’t have deals to be competing for jobs this year. (Sportsnet)

Slater Koekkoek signs a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers (TSN),  Carl Soderberg signs for one year with the Chicago Blackhawks (Sportsnet).

Five questions facing the Florida Panthers heading into training camp. This team could be really good. It could also not. (FloridaHockeyNow)

Hockeyverse

According to Larry Brooks from the New York Post, the Pittsburgh Penguins are the only major league sports team to receive a paycheck protection loan totaling $4.82M. (New York Post)

Longtime NHL player and executive Dave Poulin is writing for the Toronto Star. Here’s his debut piece. (Toronto Star)

 

 

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