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Tavares happy with progress of contract talks with Islanders: report

Center has been eligible to sign extension since July 1, can be unrestricted free agent next summer

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Center John Tavares, who is entering the final season of his contract with the New York Islanders, is pleased with how negotiations have gone and is not worried about entering the season without an extension, Newsday reported Wednesday.

Tavares wasn't willing to discuss the talks he's had with Islanders general manager Garth Snow and coach Doug Weight, but it appears the dialogue has been positive.

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Carey Price: Crease Cowboy

A look back at the Habs netminder's first appearance on the cover of CANADIENS magazine

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - In celebration of Carey Price's 30th birthday, canadiens.com travels back in time to 2009, when the netminder first appeared on the cover of CANADIENS magazine.

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Pickard embracing challenge with Golden Knights

Goalie eager to help create winning mentality in first season

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- No, goaltender Calvin Pickard did not board the bus in Las Vegas on Monday and spend 20 hours riding 1,100 miles for an event here on Tuesday as part of the Vegas Golden Knights Road Trip. He flew in.

But he flew in from home in Winnipeg, which is about the same distance away that Las Vegas is. He took an hour flight to Minneapolis. Then he took a three-hour flight to Spokane, Washington. Then he took a 30-minute Uber ride to this resort town on the Idaho panhandle.

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31 in 31

Montreal Canadiens fantasy preview for 2017-18

Concerns on defense, at center could limit Price's wins, Drouin's point ceiling

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

As part of NHL.com's 31 in 31 series, our fantasy hockey staff is breaking down each team's landscape. Fantasy-relevant players are listed in order of rank in NHL.com's top 250. Today, we look at the Montreal Canadiens.

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Montreal Canadiens key statistics

Price's play in goal makes him worthy of long-term extension

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Montreal Canadiens.

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Williams eager to help young Hurricanes

Veteran right wing wants to aid in development, end playoff drought

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VOORHEES, N.J. -- As he prepares for his 17th NHL season, Carolina Hurricanes forward Justin Williams believes he's learned the secret to thriving at an advanced hockey age.

"I think at this point in my career … I'm probably not going to get any faster," Williams, 35, said. "I know that. The trick is not to get any slower. I'm doing all I can to make sure that doesn't happen and you don't slowly fade away. I want to be an impact player for a long time and I plan on being one the next couple years as well."

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By the Numbers: Mike Green

Green led Detroit's defensemen with 36 points, tying him for sixth on the team

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2016-17 season. Each week during the off-season, By The Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on their statistical highs. This week we focus on defenseman Mike Green.

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Summer with Stanley

Murray lets dog eat from Stanley Cup, visits fans in hometown

Penguins goalie hosts meet and greet at Thunder Bay, Ontario rink

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Stanley Cup champions often eat from the trophy, but Matt Murray decided to let his dog, Beckham, enjoy a treat from the Cup instead.

Beckham, a Newfoundland who is a big part of the Pittsburgh Penguins goalie's family, ate from the trophy as part of Murray's day with the Stanley Cup in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on Saturday.

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31 in 31

Florida Panthers fantasy preview for 2017-18

Roster turnover could hurt stock of Barkov, Yandle, Luongo

by Ben Zweiman @BZweimanNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

As part of NHL.com's 31 in 31 series, our fantasy hockey staff is breaking down each team's fantasy landscape. Fantasy-relevant players are listed in order of rank in NHL.com's top 250. Today, we look at the Florida Panthers.

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