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Thornton healthy, has high hopes for Sharks with Karlsson

After second knee surgery, center can't wait to start season with new defenseman

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

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks had gone through four days of training camp, including two full scrimmages. Trying to rest Joe Thornton, coach Peter DeBoer told him not to skate on the fifth day.

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Karlsson's first practice for Sharks offers glimpse at many possibilities

Opponents will find it difficult preparing for coach DeBoer's numerous lineup options

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

SAN JOSE -- What dimension does Erik Karlsson add to the San Jose Sharks? Witness their practice Wednesday, Karlsson's first since the Sharks acquired him from the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

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NHL, NHLPA add new chest, arm pad rules for goalies

Guidelines aim to eliminate equipment advantages, increase scoring

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

The process began three years ago when the late Ed Snider, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers, spoke at a Competition Committee meeting in New York. The NHL and the NHL Players' Association had been discussing ways to improve the game, and Snider focused on a big issue: goalie gear.

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Zetterberg's end signals start of new era for Red Wings

Detroit must rely on youth after back injury forces captain to stop playing

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

Henrik Zetterberg cannot play hockey anymore because of a degenerative back condition, signaling the end of an era for the Detroit Red Wings.

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Karlsson trade completes Sharks' quest to add difference-maker

Get defenseman from Senators after trying to land Tavares

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

It was no secret: San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson wanted a difference-maker like defenseman Erik Karlsson. The Sharks were a good team trying to become great, trying to break through and win their first Stanley Cup, and had assets and space under the NHL salary cap.

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Golden Knights have 'some unfinished business'

Second-year team ready to deal with raised expectations after surprise run to Cup Final

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

LAS VEGAS -- When the Vegas Golden Knights opened training camp a year ago, this was one of the first questions Gerard Gallant received at the news conference: "What's the plan to win the Cup, coach?"

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Pacioretty excited about fresh start with Golden Knights

Forward just wants 'to get back to what I loved doing as a kid'

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

LAS VEGAS -- Max Pacioretty arrived in Las Vegas about 11 p.m. Tuesday. He hadn't slept well in days, and he didn't sleep well this time, either.

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Johansen, Predators out to prove they can win Cup

Center says team can learn from falling short after winning Presidents' Trophy last season

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

The Nashville Predators are confident they can win the Stanley Cup.

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Yzerman leaving as Lightning GM leads to more questions than answers

Says 'I don't know' about future beyond this season

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

The news struck like, well, a lightning bolt. Steve Yzerman was stepping down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Why? And why now? 

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Kuznetsov says Stanley Cup win still surreal, dreams of Capitals repeat

Forward describes emotion of bringing trophy to native Russia, believes Washington can do it again

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

The puck dropped with 0.6 seconds left. The horn sounded, and the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup, defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 of the Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7.

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