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Finally, the excitement we’ve all craved.

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Jesperi Kotkaniemi, 21, joins Carolina Hurricanes as Montreal Canadiens decline to match one-year, $6.1 million offer sheet | ESPN
The drama! The thrills!

Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon explains motivation for Kotkaniemi offer sheet | Sportsnet.ca
Allegedly, they simply liked him as a hockey player, but at the same time, what else would you expect Dundon to say?

Ottawa Senators extend GM Pierre Dorion through 2024-25 season | ESPN
Well, that's...a choice.

NWHL rebrands to PHF | The Ice Garden
On the one hand, the rebrand is a cool idea both in principle (as discussed, defining the players as elite athletes rather than elite female athletes) and in practice (the NWHL already welcomed transgender players under its old name, but the Premier Hockey Federation can do so without defining them as women if they're not).

On the other hand, "National Women's Hockey League" defined the league pretty clearly: it was a top-level North American pro league. "Premier Hockey Federation" lacks that familiarity; it sounds vaguely like it might be somewhere in Europe, to me. Here's hoping it works out.

Four unresolved NHL off-season storylines to watch ahead of camps | Sportsnet.ca
Oh right, Jack Eichel still hasn't been traded.

NWHL 3-on-3: Beauts, Whitecaps, Six | The Ice Garden
The Ice Garden's Angelica Rodriguez takes a look at the league's three remaining teams and highlights some players who have the skills to excel in a three-on-three tournament.