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Patrick Moynihan and Team USA take gold at the World Juniors. Team Canada takes silver (heh), and Team Finland takes bronze.
Speaking of Patrick Moynihan, here’s a nice piece on what others around him see. For instance, here’s Providence College assistant coach Joel Beal: “As a coach, we love guys like that that really want to get better. And everyone wants to get better but he’s willing to put in the time and the work and the energy to get better. He’s an absolute rink rat.” [The Athletic ($)]
A nice dispatch from Devils training camp on how some of the guys are looking: [The Athletic ($)]
Elliotte Friedman’s update on the Jesper Bratt situation: “GM Tom Fitzgerald said team and player are ‘in constant communication,’ which had been the case, but things have stalled. Not a ton of talk, and there’s a bit of a gap at this time.” [Sportsnet]
And Todd Cordell reports, perhaps not surprisingly, that Jesper Bratt will not play in the season opener against the Bruins next week: [Infernal Access]
Well, we have new division names:
The NHL has sold division names.— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) January 5, 2021
Scotia NHL® North Division
Honda NHL® West Division
Discover NHL® Central Division
MassMutual NHL® East Division
Here’s what the AHL will look like this season:
Former Sabres GM Jason Botterill has been hired as an assistant GM by the Seattle Kraken. Botterill was fired by the Sabres in June. [NHL]
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