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Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Bright lights

Rangers offense goes missing again in Game 7 loss
Chris Kreider heard the question. He needed time to gather his thoughts.What is going through your mind, the New York Rangers forward was asked.

You love to see it.

Well, I love to see it, anyway.

Devils’ Meier exits Game 7 after big hit from Rangers’ Trouba
Just over five minutes into the third period of the elimination game, Meier cruised through the neutral zone and crossed the Rangers blue line before getting flattened by the six-foot-three, 203-pound Trouba.

This, however, was terrifying.

Wild’s Eriksson Ek tried to play with broken leg
Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek said Monday he was trying to play in his team’s first-round playoff series loss to the Stars with a broken left leg.

I used to sort-of-joke that at least if a player broke his leg he’d have to sit down and recover, but uh. Yikes!

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Huberdeau says Sutter didn’t put Flames players in a position to succeed
Speaking in French with Montreal-based radio station BPM Sports, Jonathan Huberdeau opened up about his relationship with Sutter and the challenges he faced this season.

I was shocked at how little the Flames were able to accomplish with Huberdeau. Matthew Tkachuk is obviously an extremely talented player, but the trade did not look that lopsided at the time it was made.

Wicked Angles: Once Again, Free Agency Proving to Be a Huge Question Mark
The PHF is still less than forthcoming with regard to where the teams and the players stand as free agency begins.

Meanwhile, as the PHF heads into free agency, there are questions about communication and the salary cap…

Column: Don’t rest on the PHF’s cap floor
Why we need to pay attention to the low end of the salary spectrum and the cap floor.

…And, for that matter, the salary floor.

Snoop Dogg joins Sparks’ bid to buy Senators
Snoop Dogg has joined Neko Sparks’ bid to buy the Ottawa Senators, saying in an Instagram post that he wants to “bring hockey back to our community.”

The Ottawa Senators, meanwhile, continue to attract celebrities.

Fleury will play next season for Wild then decide NHL future
Marc-Andre Fleury will return for his 20th NHL season in 2023-24 but the Minnesota Wild goalie said he’s unsure if it will be his last.

Oh I feel old.

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