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Brandon Prust wrote an interesting piece on why he thinks fighting is necessary in the NHL. Read this: [The Players' Tribune]
Sounds like Matt Cooke could be done for the season thanks to a lower-body injury. [PHT]
The NHLPA isn't all onboard with a potential 3-on-3 overtime format. [PHT]
It sounds as if Gordie Howe has made a lot of progress and is doing much better. [PHT]
THIS SAVE, MAN:
NHL referee Tim Peel was suspended for a game because he had a drink with a blogger? This is a news story? [Puck Daddy]
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