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5hCraig Custance

No. 1 pick Auston Matthews, in his own words

The top pick in this year's draft and budding Toronto Maple Leafs star dishes on his secret fear, favorite athlete, celebrity crush and what he'd change about hockey.

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Vote now: How does your NHL team stack up?

ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. How does your favorite NHL team stack up? Vote now!

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Bettman again disputes concussions' link to CTE

Gary Bettman addressed a 24-page letter to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday, in which he again refuted the link between concussions and the degenerative brain ailment CTE.

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The next key NHL contracts to watch for

A number of young NHL players are in need of new contracts (or extensions). Craig Custance scans the scene and identifies the key negotiations to come.

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Map: Where's the Stanley Cup?

The Stanley Cup visits some pretty interesting places, and this year's trip with the Pittsburgh Penguins will be no different. Track the Cup's location with our handy interactive map.

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Crosby looking to World Cup

Even while celebrating his second Stanley Cup win in his hometown, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has his eyes on the next big prize.

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NHL Trade Tracker

A look at all recent deals in the NHL, including trades made during the 2015-16 season and those that happened before, during and after the 2016 draft.

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Free agents worth giving a shot

Sam Gagner, Kris Versteeg and Jiri Hudler are among the remaining unsigned free agents who could make a difference for the teams willing to give them one last shot.

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Power Rankings: Free-agency fallout

The first Power Rankings of the 2016-17 season find familiar faces on top but plenty of movement below after the shuffling resulting from trades, the draft and free agency.

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2016 Free-Agent Tracker

Follow all the big (and small) signings as the NHL's free-agency season gets underway with some big names on the market.

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'Not so crazy now, am I?'

Hall of Famer Eric Lindros didn't intend to become a poster boy of the concussion crisis that blindsided sports. But by challenging hockey's play-through-it culture, he redefined what it means to be tough -- and saved his life.

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Quietly Flyers 21 year old Taylor Leier went about his business last season, being 3rd in the AHL in shots on goal, with solid defense.

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A number of young NHL players are in need of new contracts (or extensions). Craig Custance scans the scene and identifies the key negotiations to come. The next key NHL contracts to watch for

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Will Crosby be overtaken as world's best?

Sidney Crosby has been dominant in his 10 seasons with the Penguins, but will his greatness be surpassed by up-and-comer Connor McDavid? Crosby's steep road ahead (Insider)

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