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We've finally hit that hockey lull where we're all just sitting around waiting hopelessly for something good to happen. Trade speculation is running wild. Everyone is going everywhere, the cap doesn't exist, and Jagr will never retire. Is it October yet?

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Hockey News & Notes

Samuel Girard, at 5-foot-10, stands tall among Predators prospects | The Tennessean
There's a lot of good things being said about the prospects at development camp this week. The future is bright y'all!

NHL Summer Buzz: Penguins interested in Matt Duchene | NHL
Over Nashville's cold dead body, Pittsburgh.

It's unlikely Duchene goes to Pittsburgh or anywhere at this rate but nothing would fuel a rivalry like taking a guy Nashville's been eyeing for a few seasons now.

NHL free agency: Big names, bargains and busts | NHL on CBC Sports
There's a lot of former Preds on this list, and a lot of future Preds potential...maybe.

NHL Free Agents 2017: Ranking Top Available Players at Every Position | Bleacher Report
Cody Franson ladies and gentleman, Cody Franson. He's listed as a potential steal, at least someone out there is still rooting for him.

Sidney Crosby on playing goal in NHL: 'I'd love to get the nod' - Sportsnet.ca
Raise your hand if you'd pay money to shoot pucks at Sidney Crosby all day.

The NHL’s newest team prioritises patience over the playoffs | Economist.com
Vegas made out like bandits at the expansion draft and the entry draft, they're probably not going to win the Cup right out of the gate but I wouldn't expect them to finish dead last either.

Penguins to fans: 'Don't let the Patriots win' ESPY for best team | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insert massive eye roll here. I don't know what's more annoying, how serious Pittsburgh takes themselves or how awful the ESPY Awards are.

Meanwhile...

Kevin Fiala is skating. I repeat Kevin Fiala is skating! I've never broken a bone before but the general consensuses is, this is incredible progress.

Is it October yet?