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Expansion Draft

Losing James Neal in Expansion Draft tough reality for Predators

GM David Poile says price to keep Golden Knights from taking forward was 'just too high'

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- The tough reality of losing forward James Neal to the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday set in for Nashville Predators general manager David Poile.

After Poile was rewarded for his work in helping the Predators reach their first Stanley Cup Final by being selected General Manager of the Year, he saw the Golden Knights take Neal as one of their 30 choices in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile.

"That hurts. We're down a man," Poile said.

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NHL Awards

Sergei Bobrovsky of Blue Jackets wins Vezina Trophy

Receives honor as top NHL goalie for second time in career after setting Columbus record with 41 wins

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- In a sport of many one-goal games, this one was a rout. 

Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets breezed to his second career Vezina Trophy on Wednesday, NHL general managers voting him the League's best goaltender for 2016-17.

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NHL Awards

Ted Lindsay relishes presenting award named for him

Hall of Famer helps give honor to Connor McDavid of Oilers as NHL's most outstanding player, according to peers

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Ted Lindsay was sitting at the desk in his hotel room high above the city mid-morning Wednesday, comfortable in a white robe, gazing out at the flat expanse sprawled out below him.

"Who ever dreamed of coming across the desert to start a place here?" he said with a smile, waving at the baked landscape.

During his brief Las Vegas stay, Lindsay had strayed little from his room into the network of casinos, restaurants and high-end stores downstairs.

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NHL Insider

Carey Price of Canadiens 'not worried about' contract extension

Goaltender can become free agent after next season but wants to stay in Montreal, says 'We'll figure it out'

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- The elephant in the room hasn't yet found the exit sign, so Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price knew the topic would be raised.

As of July 1, Price will be free to begin talks to extend his contract, which upon expiration on July 1, 2018, would send him into unrestricted free agency.

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NHL Insider

Brent Burns of Sharks having hair-raising offseason

Defenseman, up for Norris Trophy at NHL Awards, meets Chewbacca, finds time to train

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- With a man bun, a beard and a smile that wouldn't be nearly as bright if it had a full complement of teeth, San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns was delighted on Tuesday to discuss his brief life as a pirate.

A finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top player at the position, he changed up family plans last month with a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida, a continent away from their usual trip to Disneyland in California.

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Expansion Draft

Bernie Parent: Golden Knights draftees must 'go out and make it happen'

Hall of Fame goaltender was selected by expansion Flyers in 1967

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Goaltender Bernie Parent, two seasons and 57 games into his NHL career with the Boston Bruins, was in his native Montreal 50 years ago this June 6, hitting a bucket of balls to prepare for golf season.

"A friend of mine came up to me and he said, 'Hey, you got drafted!' " Parent said with a laugh this week, remembering how his life was about to change forever. "I said, 'Really. By who?' And he said, 'Philadelphia.'

"My first thought was, 'Where's Philadelphia?' I had no clue."

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Former Bruins center Derek Sanderson credits dad for NHL success

Recalls support allowed him to 'follow my dream'

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

On this Father's Day, two days past his 71st birthday, former Boston Bruins center Derek Sanderson will again think of his late dad, as he often does.

"I miss my dad. I wonder how I'm doing compared to the man he was," Sanderson said this week from his Boston-area home.

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Stanley Cup Final

Sidney Crosby, family celebrate another Cup title with Penguins

Pittsburgh captain's father, assistant Jacques Martin reflect on latest championship run

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

NASHVILLE -- It was more than two hours after the triumphant Pittsburgh Penguins began celebrating on the Bridgestone Arena ice. In the Penguins' dressing room that looked like a tornado had just blown through, Sidney Crosby was having almost a private moment with his mother, Trina.

The Penguins captain was still in his hockey pants and stockings, his skates at least replaced by sandals. Cradling hockey's grandest prize for the third time in his career, he was wearing a Stanley Cup champions T-shirt, a ball cap bearing a similar message and a fatigued grin of complete satisfaction.

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Stanley Cup Final

Game 6 caps busy day for keepers of Cup

Brave Nashville traffic to deliver hockey's ultimate prize to Penguins

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

NASHVILLE -- The GPS suggested that it was a six-minute drive from the downtown hotel to Bridgestone Arena, despite the usual traffic.

Not that there was anything usual about Music City on Sunday night, tens of thousands of Nashville Predators fans clogging the streets, hoping their team could force a seventh game in the Stanley Cup Final.

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Gordie Howe stirs memories one year after death

To family, hockey community, public, Mr. Hockey 'will always be with us'

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

A year after the death of Gordie Howe, Marty Howe still slips into the present tense when discussing his legendary father, without even knowing it.

"When Gordie meets people, it's something special," Marty Howe, 63, said this week. "It doesn't matter if you're a boy or a girl or an adult, if you're sick or healthy. Gordie just treats everybody the same."

The hockey world was shaken to its core a year ago Saturday, when Gordie Howe died June 10, 2016, at age 88 following a lengthy illness. His death came two days before the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup, the decisive Game 6 in San Jose against the Sharks on June 12 played beneath a somber cloud.

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