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FlightZone: Nathan MacKinnon Is Still Pretty Good

Don't let his down season on a mediocre Colorado team fool you.

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Short, sweet and to the point,  here's today's news.

Central Division

Patrick Kane has reportedly met with investigators, according to The Buffalo News' sources. (Second City Hockey)

Last season wasn't all bad for Nathan MacKinnon, and it even gave a reason or two for optimism heading into 2015-16. (Mile High Hockey)

Here are ten things you might not have known about Valeri Nichushkin. Growing up, his favourite teams were the Flyers and the Rangers. Now you know. (Dallas Morning News)

On Sunday, Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor "voluntarily entered the NHL/NHL Players’ Association Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program". For him and his family, here's hoping he returns to sobriety and makes it last. (StarTribune)

Matt Cubeta thinks you can't go wrong with having either Pekka Rinne or Roman Josi on your fantasy team. (NHL)

In your complete surprise of the day, goaltending is one of the questions facing the St. Louis Blues. (NHL)

And All The Rest

Jay Bylsma has some worthwhile wisdom to share in this bio piece of his son, Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma: "I like to say it takes three things to succeed – talent, perseverance and hard work. And the greatest of these is not talent. It’s about working and perseverance." (Buffalo News)

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland is still hopeful that Johan Franzen will be medically cleared and able to continue his NHL career. (MLive)

How Garth Snow handles the Kyle Okposo situation is an underrated story to watch heading into 2015-16. (ProHockeyTalk)

Garth Snow's loyalty to Jack Capuano is readily apparent, but the Islanders head coach is still the right choice for PHT's Under Pressure series. (ProHockeyTalk)

Steve Spott has reunited with old buddy and Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer, joining the team as an assistant. His firing was more of a Toronto deck cleaning than anything else. (Today's Slapshot)

But that sure wasn't the only news coming out of San Jose, as the Sharks have signed noted pugilist Frazer McLaren to a one year, two-way contract worth $600,000 at the NHL level. They had been doing so well this offseason. (Fear the Fin)

Toronto's young players are ready to take the lessons they've learned from skating coach Barbara Underhill and apply them to training camp. Matt Frattin seems weary of the grind, though that may just be the way he always looks. (TSN)

And finally, previous reports of Slava Voynov's release from jail are apparently untrue. I'm sure The Fourth Period regrets the error:


Thanks for reading! Be sure to catch our next installment of the Arctic Ice Hockey Top 25 Under 25 later today!