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Allegedly.

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NHL Free Agency matchmaker: Best landing spots for Hoffman, Duclair | ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports
The PHT team joins the people talking about the Predators as a possible landing spot for Mike Hoffman. Personally I think I'd rather see Anthony Duclair if they have to sign someone.

PWHPA gets $1M commitment from Secret to fund Dream Gap Tour in 2021 | Sportsnet.ca
Huge and fantastic news for the PWHPA.

PWHPA releases 2020-21 regional rosters | The Ice Garden
But, hmm, this year, the Dream Gap Tour will involve, uh, set rosters, a Cup, and cash prizes. Not to question what the PWHPA is doing—but, at the same time, at what point are they just running their own league?

Still no certainties on 2020–21 NHL season after GM call | Sportsnet.ca
GMs talked about start dates, the possibility of an outdoor game to start the season, and the draft lottery. Why the draft lottery? "Detroit was incredibly upset with dropping to fourth after a season where it was clear the Red Wings were not tanking."

NHL still hoping for January 1 start but it may take 'different form' | ProHockeyTalk | NBC Sports
Temporary realignment is an interesting concept.

10 NHL teams living in salary cap hell (and how they may escape) | Sportsnet.ca
It is so, so weird to see the Ducks bringing Derek Grant back as a move indicating that they're trying to contend.

Whitecaps re-sign Winny Brodt Brown, Stephanie Anderson, and Lisa Martinson | The Ice Garden
Brodt Brown is a Minnesota whockey legend, but, even more to the point, the Whitecaps have successfully gotten some more players under contract.

Travis Dermott: Leafs' defensive depth will 'force guys to be their best' | Sportsnet.ca
*looks at the Leafs' defensive depth* That's one way of putting it.

What Willie O'Ree wants you to remember about his trailblazing hockey story | theScore.com
"Without a TV at home, O'Ree never watched Richard play. Only later did he think about the upside of this constraint: how seeing no Black men on the ice might have snuffed his childhood ambition, and how instead he was empowered to visualize a sport and league in which he belonged."