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NHL — Familiar faces in different places photo page

With a new team being added, a salary-cap crunch and the drive to try to figure out how to beat the Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins, there was a lot of movement in the offseason. Here’s a look at a few of the bigger-name players who will be wearing new threads this season. Trevor Daley, 33, signed a three-year deal with the Red Wings worth $9.5 million. With the Penguins, he had 11 goals and two Stanley Cups in the last two seasons.┬áJeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire Patrick Sharp is back with the…

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Fantasy NHL — Breakout candidates and how to value players in new places

A key to striking gold in fantasy is reading the signs. Every roster won’t have Connor McDavid on it, so savvy fantasy players need to locate hidden value. Good places to start include potential breakout candidates and players who landed on a new team in the offseason. A “breakout,” for fantasy purposes or otherwise, isn’t precisely defined, but it is certainly a term we see a lot of in the sports world. But what exactly constitutes a breakout? For the purposes of identifying potential breakouts for the 2017-18 NHL season,…

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Joffrey Lupul apologizes for writing that Toronto Maple Leafs ‘cheat’

Joffrey Lupul apologized on Wednesday for writing in an Instagram comment that the Toronto Maple Leafs “cheat” after he failed a physical for the team on the first day of training camp. Earlier this week, the Maple Leafs forward posted a picture on Instagram of himself snowboarding and then wrote in the comments section: “I’m ready … just awaiting the call” and “haha failed physical? They cheat. Everyone lets them.” He later deleted the comments. On Wednesday, he apologized and said he will not be seeking a second opinion. pic.twitter.com/9sjNAQ96K4…

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Drew Doughty ready to bring hockey to China

Tencent, ESPN’s digital partner in China, spoke with Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings ahead of their preseason game against Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night in Shanghai. Doughty covered a variety of topics in his brief Q&A. Tencent: Have you thought about trying something new here, such as food or tourist sites? Doughty: Oh, yeah. I will be going to the Great Wall this Friday, and we’ve been trying different foods. We also plan on doing some shopping and check out the city. We saw some skyscrapers here in…

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Fantasy NHL — Top three fantasy hockey picks panel

Most, if not all, agree that Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid is worthy of the first overall pick in fantasy hockey drafts this season. He tallied 100 points last season en route to the Hart Trophy, and there is plenty of reason to expect more of the same — if not even more production in 2017-18. Still, once McDavid is off the board, the next few picks get foggy. Despite his 44-goal season, is Sidney Crosby still worthy of a top-two selection? Braden Holtby was outstanding, but can his numbers…

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St. Louis Blues’ Alexander Steen injures hand, will miss rest of preseason

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen will miss the rest of training camp after suffering a left hand injury in the team’s first preseason game. The 33-year-old Steen was hurt against Dallas on Tuesday night and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. He is entering his 10th season with the Blues and coming off a year in which he had 16 goals and 35 assists in 76 regular-season games. The Blues are already without forward Zach Sanford, who will miss five to six months after dislocating his…

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New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle diagnosed with leukemia

The New Jersey Devils say veteran forward Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of bone-marrow cancer that the team’s doctor says can be treated with medication. During a conference call Tuesday, Devils team doctor Michael Farber said the leukemia was discovered early. General manager Ray Shero said it was found in blood work during team physicals at the start of camp. CML is the same disease that former NHL forward Jason Blake played through after being diagnosed in 2007. Boyle, a 32-year-old center, signed a…

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Nashville Predators name defenseman Roman Josi as 8th captain all time

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — General manager David Poile and coach Peter Laviolette noticed how the Predators picked defenseman Roman Josi to drive a sword into the field before the NFL’s Tennessee Titans’ home opener with the NHL team serving an honorary role pregame. Seeing what Josi’s teammates decided made selecting the Predators’ eighth captain in franchise history that much easier. “Roman has played with and mentored under two of our best captains ever in Shea Weber and Mike Fisher,” Poile said Tuesday. “He was also always part of the leadership group…

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Zach Sanford, Jay Bouwmeester injured during camp for St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Blues forward Zach Sanford will undergo surgery and miss five to six months of action after dislocating his left shoulder during training camp. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced the injury Tuesday. He also said defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has a left ankle fracture and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. Sanford, 22, joined St. Louis in February after a trade with Washington. The forward had two goals and three assists in 13 regular-season appearances for the Blues, and he also played in four playoff games….

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