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Athletes didn’t drag politics into sport – it was already there

The Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves in an untenable position this week. The 2017 Stanley Cup champions had a choice to make. They could tour the White House and meet the President of the United States, as previous winners have done, thereby enraging his many vocal detractors. Alternatively, they could skip the event, provoking the same…

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The Wild have two defencemen who might be good fits in Toronto

The Toronto Maple Leafs; need for a quality right-shot defenceman is obvious, and will likely be addressed this summer. It’s a good time to go shopping for such a player, because the expansion draft is going to create opportunities that would not otherwise exist. One of those opportunities is in Minnesota, and the Wild and…

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Cody Franson is an obvious off-season target for the Maple Leafs

If the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to upgrade the right side of their defensive depth chart, there aren’t many options available to them in free agency. The good news is that one of those few options, Cody Franson, obviously has a warm place in his heart for the club. Franson told Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston…

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How bad was Nazem Kadri’s low hit on Alex Ovechkin?

On Friday night, Nazem Kadri delivered a hard, low check to Alexander Ovechkin. The referees assessed a two minute minor penalty for tripping, rather than opting for the more punitive clipping penalty, which would have automatically been a major penalty due to Ovechkin seemingly being injured on the play. The difference between a beautiful, legal…

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William Nylander’s Incredible Power Play Performance

With a strong finish to the NHL’s 2016-17 regular season, William Nylander could be the single-most effective rookie power play weapon that the league has seen in its last decade. I’ve chosen to confine the scope of this piece to 2007-08 onward, since that’s the first season for which we have advanced statistics and marks…