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Big shoutout to our dude Ty Smith:
Congrats to Kaapo Kakko and Team Finland on defeating Team Canada to win gold at the World Championships. Damon Severson and Mackenzie Blackwood are taking home silver medals from the competition. [TSN]
Some pretty impressive accomplishments for the young Finn:
Kaapo Kakko has now won the U18 world championship, the U20 world championship and the men’s world championship. That’s quite the hat trick for anyone, let alone someone who turned 18 years old in February.— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) May 26, 2019
The Stanley Cup Final begins tonight. Who will raise the Cup?
Trading for Phil Kessel? David Clarkson’s contract? Those tidbits and plenty more in Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts column: [Sportsnet]
Lou signs Brock Nelson to a sizeable contract:
Nelson gets six years, $6 million AAV.— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) May 23, 2019
With Nelson locked up, Isles will focus on Lee & Lehner. Lee talks ongoing; both sides have understanding of one another’s position - matter of middle ground. Lehner talks will likely pick up soon, told no numbers discussed yet. As of now, sounds like Eberle will hit UFA market.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) May 24, 2019
This reads like a goodbye to San Jose:
Thank you to the entire @SanJoseSharks organization, fans, and especially teammates. It was a great run that ended too early. But lots of great memories where created. The entire Bay Area has been nothing but classy and respectful to me and my family. Thank you.— Erik Karlsson (@ErikKarlsson65) May 24, 2019
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