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In which a trio of Canadian cities fight for the right to be a hub city, Alex Ovechkin celebrates the birth of his second son, and the KHL announces their target start date for next season.

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Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto vying to be NHL hubs, but there’s a catch | Sportsnet
The NHL announced three Canadian cities are in the running to host games if they can be played later this year, but whether they do could depend on whether Canada’s quarantine rules are lifted.

Hockey in the Time of Coronavirus: Can the NHL Morally Resume? | On the Forecheck
ICYMI: The NHL plans for the show to go on, but there are concerns.

Still a long, dark tunnel to the playoffs, but is that a light we see? | The Hockey News
Whether or not the NHL will actually be able to pull of this year’s playoff tournament still remains to be seen, but if it does take place, it could go down as one of the wildest playoffs in NHL history.

Report: Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov to spend another season in Russia | Hockey Wilderness
You hate to see it.

For what it’s worth, The Athletic’s Michael Russo is reporting that a source close to Kaprizov is denying the report.

Alex Ovechkin’s second son born | TSN
Say hello to Illya Ovechkin!

KHL planning to resume with new season Sept. 2 | ESPN
The projected Sept. 2 start date is broadly in line with other recent KHL seasons.

Nash, Kane, O’Ree headline Class of 2020-21 in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame | Sportsnet
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame announced 11 new inductees on Wednesday, headlined by Steve Nash, Lorie Kane and Willie O’Ree.

Penguins’ Nick Bjugstad out for season after surgery | Sportsnet
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bjugstad has been shut down for the season after having surgery on an undisclosed injury.

Tucker’s Streaming Suggestion Of The Week - Uncut Gems (2019)

Where To Watch: Netflix

Genre: Crime Thriller

Starring: Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Julia Fox, Eric Bogosian, and Kevin Garnett (yes, that one)

Director: Josh and Benny Safdie

Synopsis: A charismatic jeweler, Howard Ratner (Sandler), makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. In a precarious high-wire act, he must balance business, family and adversaries on all sides in pursuit of the ultimate win.

Runtime: 135 minutes