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Mailbag: Kraken expectations, Stanley Cup Final prediction

Here is the Sept. 22 edition of the mailbag, where we answer your questions asked using #OvertheBoards. Way too early Stanley Cup Final matchup? -- @johnfiorino97. The Avalanche have been among the favorites the past three seasons, but they haven't been able to advance past the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, losing as they did to the San Jose Sharks in 2019 (seven games), the Dallas Stars in 2020 (seven games) and the Vegas Golden Knights last season (six games) should be their best teacher. The biggest question Colorado has is at goalie with Darcy Kuemper replacing Philipp Grubauer, who signed with the Seattle Kraken as an unrestricted free agent July 28. Grubauer was a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, but Kuemper shouldn't be seen as a downgrade. He is second in goals-against average (2.35) and tied for second in save percentage (.922) among goalies who have played in at least 100 games since 2018-19, and he would have received more accolades had his former team, the Arizona Coyotes, been better around him. Arguably no team has more firepower than the Avalanche with forwards Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen, and defensemen Cale Makar, Samuel Girard and Devon Toews leading the way. It's their time.
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Aaron Ekblad at Florida Panthers' camp, six months after breaking leg

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers have their first win of the season: Aaron Ekblad has pronounced himself ready for training camp. The top-line defenseman will be on the ice when the Panthers formally begin practice Thursday, just short of six months since he broke his left leg in a scary on-ice incident. Ekblad has been skating for several weeks and does not expect to be limited as camp begins.
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BB&T Center to be named FLA Live Arena temporarily

SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) - The BB&T Center is now going by a new name. It will be known as FLA Live Arena, temporarily. The home of the Florida Panthers and live shows in Sunrise will sport the new name as they search for a new official title. It has been...
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Fantasy hockey one category stars

Head-to-head category leagues are their own flavor of fun in that one goal, one shot, one measly digit of a goals-against average, can singularly nail down that particular field and, in some cases, a weekly victory. With no weighted points or formulas in play, fantasy's precious category giants can indeed serve as king. In that view, here's a look at those who excel in one aspect of the fantasy game while maintaining a strong enough presence otherwise. ESPN's Standard H2H categories include goals, assists, power-play points, penalty minutes, plus/minus, average time-on-ice, shots, goalie wins, goals-against average, and save percentage. For fun, I also included blocked-shots, faceoffs won, short-handed points, and shutouts. Managers in Roto leagues - and points leagues for that matter - should also find the following of use.
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Ekblad's back, a good sign for NHL's Panthers entering camp

SUNRISE, Fla. --  The Florida Panthers have their first win of the season: Aaron Ekblad has pronounced himself ready for training camp. The top-line defenseman will be on the ice when the Panthers formally begin practice Thursday, just short of six months since he broke his left leg in a scary on-ice incident. Ekblad has been skating for several weeks and does not expect to be limited as camp begins.
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Sasha Barkov says he is ‘happy’ to be with the Florida Panthers

Florida Panthers star center Sasha Barkov said Wednesday morning that talks about a contract extension are ongoing between his representatives and the team, adding the “only thing I think about” is remaining with the team. Barkov, who is entering his ninth NHL season, was the second overall pick by the...
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Chicago Blackhawks Training Camp Position Battles: Middle-Six Forwards

The Chicago Blackhawks are less than a month away from the start of the regular season (October 13th), when they’ll take on the Avalanche in Denver, Colorado. But with training camp set to begin tomorrow, we’re keeping an eye on a number of key position battles that have yet to be decided.
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Bruins invite veteran defenseman to training camp on pro tryout

The Boston Bruins are inviting veteran depth defenseman Aaron Ness to training camp on a professional tryout. Ness had previously agreed to a pro tryout with the Kraken, but ultimately decided to take that same chance with the Bruins. A left-shot defender, Ness spent the majority of the 2021 season...
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Why the Florida Panthers changed the name of their arena

The Florida Panthers arena is undergoing another name change but it is not the one many have been anticipating. Instead of rebranding the BB&T Center with the bank’s new name of Truist, the Sunrise arena — which has been the Panthers’ home since 1998 — will be now known as FLA Live Arena.
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FHN Today: Panthers report to camp at FLA Live Arena

The Florida Panthers are back in the building as they report to the newly named FLA Live Arena for the start of training camp in preparation for the 2021-22 NHL season. The players won’t be on the ice today. No, today is about players getting physicals, talking to the local...
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NYHN Daily: Islanders Update From Lamoriello, Kaprizov Contract & More

Hockey is right around the corner, as the New York Islanders report for physicals before hitting the ice on Thursday. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello met with the media today to discuss COVID-19 status, roster signings, injury updates and more. Should Noah Dobson get a new linemate this season in Chara, or should he remain alongside Andy Greene?
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Shayne Gostisbehere Prepares for 8th NHL Season

Not only are the back-to-back Stanley Champions in the Tampa Bay Lightning from Florida, but Marjory Stoneman Douglas may have produced one of the most talented defensemen in the NHL. Shayne Gostisbehere, who attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas, had the opportunity to visit with the 2018 State Champion hockey team nearly...
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New for 2021: FLA Live Arena

With Truist declining to renew a naming-rights deal for BB&T Center, home of the Florida Panthers, the NHL arena will be temporarily known as FLA Live Arena. The decision came after BB&T and SunTrust merged to form Truist, and the new firm declined to renew a deal with Arena Operating Company, a subsidiary of Sunrise Sports & Entertainment. So Arena Operating Company will shop naming rights for the suburban Miami arena.
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Florida Panthers embrace lofty expectations as training camp begins. ‘It’s about time’

It was hard for anyone to know what to expect from the Florida Panthers last season. That includes the Panthers themselves. Years of underachieving had piled up. They had a first-time general manager and about a dozen new faces competing for roster spots. The COVID-19 pandemic meant Joel Quenneville, who was coming off a rocky first season in Florida, had a significantly abbreviated training camp and preseason to figure everything out.
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The hope and hype are sky-high as Florida Panthers open camp. It’s time to finally deliver | Opinion

There was none of this feeling in 1995. I was around. I know. The Florida Panthers were a third-year NHL expansion team with a new coach and a rag-tag roster of young prospects and others teams’ discards. As training camp opened there was zero expectation that this team, this team, might make it into the 1996 Stanley Cup Final with a shower of plastic and rubber rats for confetti.
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Sunrise Arena Changing Name From BB&T Center To FLA Live Arena

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The BB&T Center in Sunrise, home to the Florida Panthers, is no more. Well actually, the arena is still there, but the name has changed. It will now be known as the FLA Live Arena, at least temporarily. The Panthers said the Arena Operating Company, a...
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Panthers home temporarily renamed FLA Live Arena

Building had been known as BB&T Center since 2012; search for new rights partner underway. The home of the Florida Panthers has been renamed FLA Live Arena on an interim basis, and the search for a new naming rights partner is underway. The arena had been known as BB&T Center...
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Lightning Round: Training Camp roster features an interesting new jersey number

The Tampa Bay Lightning have released their training camp roster for this year. The camp officially begins today with Media Day, with the 60-man roster hitting the ice on Thursday. Justin has an article out with the roster and some info on the proceedings. The roster consists of 36 forwards, 18 defensemen, and six goaltenders. This includes all 48 NHL contracted players, six of the more recent unsigned draft picks that aren’t already playing with their home clubs, and six additional camp invitees.
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