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NHL's speed game; Randy Carlyle's system (Puck Headlines)

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The Stanley Cup meets US Open golfers. [Philip Pritchard]

• NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league will “come up with something that's an enduring testament to Gordie Howe” as a tribute to Mr. Hockey. [NHL]

• A trade of goaltender Jimmy Howard may be the best scenario for both him and the Detroit Red Wings. [Detroit News]

• NHL analyst Ray Ferraro: “As the game has gotten faster, what I thought would happen was there would be more offence. But what I’ve learned is speed is the absolute detriment to offense.” [Toronto Star]

• The impact Ron Mason had in hockey extended well beyond Michigan State. The legendary coach put more than 50 players into the NHL. His coaching tree sprouted into every level of hockey. Many of those men returned to Munn Arena on Thursday to pay their final respects to their mentor, who died Monday. [Lansing State Journal]

• A detailed look on why Randy Carlyle’s teams seem to struggle from a puck possession perspective. The Anaheim Ducks hired Carlyle as their coach Tuesday. [TSN]

• The Dallas Stars should give defenseman Patrik Nemeth a chance on the top pairing with John Klingberg. Alex Goligoski held this role, but the Stars traded his negotiating rights Thursday to the Arizona Coyotes. [Today’s Slapshot]

• The fantasy impact of the Goligoski trade. There shouldn’t be much impact coming on Oliver Ekman-Larsson as far as production goes. [Dobber Hockey]

• Scouts preview the top-10 prospects of the 2016 NHL Draft. [Buzzing the Net]

• Highlights from Dean Lombardi’s Thursday teleconference where they Kings’ GM gave an update on free agents and prospects along with discussing giving the captaincy to Anze Kopitar. [Mayor’s Manor]

• The trade market is heating up for Anaheim Ducks pending restricted free agent goaltender Frederik Andersen. [Anaheim Calling]

• The San Jose Sharks don’t have a first-round draft pick and won’t select until No. 60 in the upcoming NHL Draft. [CSN Bay Area]

• The Vancouver Canucks re-signed forward Sven Baertschi to a two-year contract, $3.7 million contract. [Vancouver Canucks]

• What do the Columbus Blue Jackets do with broken sticks? [Columbus Blue Jackets]

• Godfrey Wood, the lead investor of a group seeking to establish a new hockey team in Portland, Maine said the group will buy an existing team and move it there in time for the 2017-18 season. [Portland Press-Herald]

• Breaking down the Mighty Ducks movie from an advanced stats perspective and other minutae. [TSN]

• Erie Otters star Alex DeBrincat could be a steal in the upcoming NHL Draft. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• What’s going to be new with NHL17? Many fan questions about the game are answered. [Operation Sports]

• Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin cannot play the tuba. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

• Some highlights from the NWHL’s free agent camp. [Victory Press

• Gambling in Las Vegas is not a problem. Gambling elsewhere is the issue. This is often cited as a reason on why pro teams haven't gone to Vegas in the past. [SinBin]

• College hockey players were well represented in the Stanley Cup Final. [Montreal Gazette

• Why so many top prospects are coming from Finland. [Buzzing the Net]

• The Ottawa Senators announced the hiring of Pierre Groulx as goaltending coach. Groulx spent the 2015-16 season as goaltending coach with the Florida Panthers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Portland Pirates. [Ottawa Senators]

• How Wayne Gretzky watched the O.J. Simpson, white Ford Bronco chase in 1994. [Sportsnet]

• Finally, Sidney Crosby finally shaves his beard after winning the Stanley Cup.   




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