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Jack Hughes didn’t participate in the fitness testing at the combine. [NHL]
But he did speak. Here’s Jack talking at his media availability at the combine:
Did you want to watch every one of Jack Hughes’ goals in the 2018-19 season? Man, have I got a video for you.
Pierre LeBrun has a bit of an update on Taylor Hall: He says there’s been “healthy communication” between Hall and the Devils but that things haven’t yet progressed to actual negotiations. More here: [The Athletic ($)]
Taylor to the Raptors confirmed:
No shade. Just complimenting another league. They have so many advantages over other leagues. Visibility through the roof— Taylor Hall (@hallsy09) May 31, 2019
Didn’t see any news about Jocktan Chainey signing an ELC with the Devils, so it looks like New Jersey loses the 19-year-old defenseman’s signing rights.
Reminder that these are the players who must be signed to an Entry Level contract by tomorrow at 5:00pm ET by their respective clubs, otherwise the drafting club will lose their signing rights to these players.https://t.co/nXfmDT1fO4 pic.twitter.com/I8c3kcgDGY— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) May 31, 2019
Our old friend Pat Maroon took less money on a one-year deal to play for his hometown team. Here’s what things have been like for him and his family during the Blues’ incredible run to the Stanley Cup Final: [NHL]
Does the NHL bear responsibility for the brain injuries its players have suffered playing the sport? Unlike the NFL, the NHL has avoided making that connection. Gary Bettman last month: “I don’t believe there has been, based on everything I’ve been told — and if anybody has information to the contrary, we’d be happy to hear it — other than some anecdotal evidence, there has not been that conclusive link.” [New York Times]
Another potential trade partner for the Leafs:
Leafs and Coyotes have also chatted about Patrick Marleau. My sense is that for Arizona to get more interested Toronto would have to attach a premium asset in the trade as well.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 2, 2019
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