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Byfuglien hopeful Laine can propel Jets to playoffs

Defenseman thinks Calder Trophy finalist can improve on 36-goal, 64-point performance this season

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

EDINA, Minn. -- Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien's giant smile fades slightly, just for a moment, at the mention of last season.

The Jets finished 40-35-7 and failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second straight season. Since they moved to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011, the Jets have reached the playoffs once, when they were swept by the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference First Round in 2015.

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Rask says he'll be ready for Bruins training camp

Goalie feels 'normal' following three-month rehabilitation from groin surgery

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

MIDDLETON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask said Monday he'll be ready for training camp after having groin surgery May 9.

"I'm 100 percent [certain]," Rask said before teeing off at the seventh annual Putts and Punches Golf Tournament to benefit the Shawn Thornton Foundation at Ferncroft Country Club.

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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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Three questions facing Florida Panthers

Ability to generate offense under new coach Boughner among concerns

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three questions facing the Florida Panthers.

The Florida Panthers are confident they can rebound and return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after a season of regression when they finished with 81 points, 22 behind their total from 2015-16, when they had the most points (103) and wins (47) in their history and won the Atlantic Division.

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Inside look at Florida Panthers

Young core will be leaned on in quest to return to playoffs

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the Florida Panthers.

The Florida Panthers will take the ice this season with an abundance of talented youth and a new coach, aiming to recapture the success that led to an Atlantic Division title two seasons ago.

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Haula ready for fresh start with Golden Knights

Forward spent past four seasons with Wild, 'will always love Minnesota' but looking forward to 'great opportunity'

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

EDINA, Minn. - Erik Haula has called the State of Hockey home for the past eight years, but the former Minnesota Wild forward has a new home.

The Vegas Golden Knights selected Haula, a restricted free agent, in the NHL Expansion Draft on June 21. He agreed to a three-year contract worth a reported $8.25 million (average annual value $2.75 million) the same day.

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Short Shifts

Raanta's new mask features cartoon dog driving a train

Coyotes goalie unveils helmet for 2017-18 season with Arizona

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It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a dog driving a train?

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Barkov hopes Jagr continues playing

Panthers center credits former teammate, unrestricted free agent for growth as NHL player

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

STOCKHOLM -- Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov was hoping he would get to play with forward Jaromir Jagr again this season.

Now he just wants to see Jagr get a chance to play anywhere.

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Top 10 NHL Goaltenders

NHL Network reveals best of current crop

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From Stanley Cup champions to Vezina Trophy winners to All-Stars, the NHL has many great goalies. NHL Network experts chose the Top 10 goalies in the League as part of the NHL Top Players series airing every weekend throughout the summer. Did your goalie make the list? Is another goalie too high or too low? Have your say in the comment field below or by using the hashtag #NHLTopPlayers on social media.

Here is the list:

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Three questions facing Carolina Hurricanes

Darling's ability to be No. 1 goaltender among concerns

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three questions facing the Carolina Hurricanes.

Talk of the Stanley Cup Playoffs used to bring many more questions for the Carolina Hurricanes than answers. Now three years into their rebuild under general manager Ron Francis, they believe they are ready to end their drought.

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