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Get used to thinking about pick No. 7 for a while. A look at the seventh overall pick through the years, the good and the bad. [The Athletic ($)]
Get ready for Jack Huge:
Quinn Hughes on the potential of a potentially 9-month lay-off for his brother, Jack #NJDevils:— neal mchale (@nealmchale) June 30, 2020
"I think this is maybe the best thing that could ever happen to my brother if I'm being completely honest. I think that he's an unbelievable player... 1/3
"He's been really working out and getting stronger and I can already see his body is 3 or 4 more lbs. of muscle mass. So I think when you see him again in 7 months or whenever, he's going to be a different player and different person. It's a really good opportunity for him."— neal mchale (@nealmchale) June 30, 2020
Increasingly convinced that they’ll never actually make a decision on hub cities:
For the first time in more than a month, sounds like Vegas is no longer a frontrunner to host an #NHL hub city. Spike in COVID-19 numbers in Vegas appears to have put a damper on their bid.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 30, 2020
As @TSNBobMcKenzie reported, very possible both hubs cities are in Canada : TOR and EDM
All indications pointing to a “Made in Canada” for the Hubs.— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) June 30, 2020
Amongst other things, the increased virus cases in 36 states, have Edmonton and Toronto has the hub cities for the NHL.
On the CBA front: If you’re keen on seeing NHL players at the Olympics again, things seem to be trending in a positive direction. [Sportsnet]
Over at TSN, Frank Seravalli takes a deeper dive into the negotiations and the numbers the players and the owners are looking at: [TSN]
The expectation is that NHL players will be paid their 2020-21 contract year signing bonuses tomorrow on July 1, as scheduled. That’s an NHL expenditure of more than $300 million.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2020
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