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Athletes didn’t drag politics into sport – it was already there

The Pittsburgh Penguins found themselves in an untenable position this week. The 2017 Stanley Cup champions had a choice to make. They could tour the White House and meet the President of the United States, as previous winners have done, thereby enraging his many vocal detractors. Alternatively, they could skip the event, provoking the same…

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How high is Markus Granlund’s ceiling as an NHL player?

Markus Granlund is in what, historically, is a precarious position for an NHL player. He’s still young, but no longer inexperienced. He’s shown he can score in the majors, but not for a long enough period or at a high enough level to make him a no-questions-asked top-six forward. Site editor J.D. Burke took a…

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Highlights from the Waiver Wire, 10/7/16 Edition

With each passing day, the NHL season looms ever closer, and with it the need for the league’s 30 member clubs to trim their rosters down to 23 names. Friday was, once again, a busy waiver day, with a few interesting options hitting the wire.

Highlights from the waiver wire, 10/6/16 edition

After yesterday’s craziness – everybody cleared, which means 30 NHL general managers are confident they have a better backup goalie than Reto Berra and a better seventh defenceman than Mark Barberio – today’s waiver wire is a little quieter. It is fairly rich in defencemen, though, including 346-game NHL veteran Clayton Stoner.