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Tavares, Maple Leafs tough to match up with at center, opponents say

Free agent signing gives Toronto 'impressive' depth with Matthews, Kadri

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

OAKVILLE, Ontario -- How many NHL teams have the luxury of a 32-goal scorer as a third-line center, like the Toronto Maple Leafs do in Nazem Kadri?

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Karlsson trade speculation has attention of NHL players

Stars center Seguin, Devils forward Hall discuss reports about Senators defenseman

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

OAKVILLE, Ontario -- Tyler Seguin has read and heard plenty of speculation about trades involving Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, including a possible move to the Dallas Stars.

But the Stars center said he is wary of such talk until a transaction involving Karlsson is official.

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Kucherov extension won't keep Lightning from adding another big contract

GM denies reports that Tampa Bay is close to making trade for Karlsson

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Tampa Bay Lightning could add another significant contract after signing forward Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year, $76 million extension, general manager Steve Yzerman said Tuesday.

But Yzerman, without mentioning or being asked about Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, denied reports that the Lightning were close to trading for the two-time Norris Trophy winner.

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Matthews has no issue with Tavares about Maple Leafs captaincy, Orr says

Hockey Hall of Famer, head of agency claims winning Stanley Cup only thing that matters

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

Auston Matthews has no issue with John Tavares regarding the vacant captaincy of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Bobby Orr said Monday in a video posted by TSN.

Orr, the Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman who heads the agency that represents Matthews, said any reported rift between the 20-year-old center and Tavares, who signed a seven-year, $77 million contract with Toronto on July 1, about who will be the next Maple Leafs captain is nonsense.

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Lamoriello respects Tavares' decision to leave Islanders

Forward signed seven-year, $77 million contract with Maple Leafs as free agent July 1

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Lou Lamoriello holds no grudges when it comes to John Tavares or the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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How Maple Leafs landed Tavares

Plan set in motion in late February wins top free agent on market

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- John Tavares gave the Toronto Maple Leafs his word.

General manager Kyle Dubas still had his doubts.

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Tavares likely to play center with Marner, Hyman on Maple Leafs

Babcock expects Matthews-Marleau-Nylander to be Toronto's other scoring line

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- John Tavares likely will be flanked by a couple of local kids when he lines up for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs at training camp in September.

Coach Mike Babcock's immediate plan is to have Tavares, 27, center a line with Mitchell Marner, 21, and Zach Hyman, 26. Hyman is a Toronto native; Marner is from Markham, north of the city; and Tavares was born in the western suburb of Mississauga.

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Dahlin impresses fans, coach at Sabres development camp

Defenseman quickly shows why he was No. 1 pick of 2018 NHL Draft

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

BUFFALO -- Rasmus Dahlin was in awe when he peered into the stands at the Buffalo Sabres practice facility during his first official workout with the team on Wednesday.

The scene exceeded even his own expectations.

About 1,800 fans attended the opening of Sabres development camp, the majority seeking a closer look at Dahlin, who was selected with the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NHL Draft last Friday. About half of them were already in their seats 30 minutes before he stepped onto the ice. A handful wore t-shirts with "Dahlintown" on the front; others were already donning blue-and-gold Sabres jerseys with Dahlin's name and No. 26 stitched on the back.

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Brodeur found winning formula on road to Hall of Fame

Class of '18 selection kept individual honors secondary to victories

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Martin Brodeur's long and winding journey to the Hockey Hall of Fame started in the Montreal suburb of St-Leonard with a duct-taped sock.

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Dahlin not worried about high expectations with Sabres

Defenseman taken No. 1 in 2018 NHL Draft 'just so motivated to win hockey games'

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

BUFFALO -- Rasmus Dahlin had completed his first on-ice session as a member of the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, when he found out even No. 1 draft picks have to do grunt work.

The session at the Sabres practice facility had ended and someone needed to pick up all the pucks in the net. Might as well be the new kid, who was more than eager to do it.

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