Johnny’s contract; NWHL vs. Russia; 12 NHL players you just can’t hate (Puck Headlines)

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• That handshake melted all the cheese in Wisconsin. [@PGPackersNews]

• Chris Higgins with join the Calgary Flames for training camp on a PTO. [Flames]

• Jim Rutherford is optimistic his Pittsburgh Penguins can begin their defense of the Stanley Cup strong despite the possibility of not having Phil Kessel and others in the lineup on opening night. [Trib Live]

• New York Islanders owner Jon Ledecky appears to have brought stability back to the franchise by embracing the past. The new era begins with the Al Arbour tribute at the team’s new practice facility surrounded by the legends of Islanders past. [New York Post]

• One year after Arbour’s passing, stories of his legend show he embodied all that was good about sports. [Lighthouse Hockey]

• “Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen knows ramifications of his Game 7 meltdown; he doesn’t know the why.” Might want to figure that one out ASAP. [Dallas News]

• David Krejci isn’t losing sleep over the Boston Bruins not landing Jimmy Vesey, but he does already miss Loui Eriksson. [WEEI]

• The NWHL announced three of their teams will take on the Russian Women’s National Team in a series of exhibition games during the last week of September. [Excelle Sports]

• Ben Bishop gives his point of view on what he’s looking out for in the World Cup, like who has the hardest shot and best setup man among those competing. [ESPN]

• What is taking Calgary so long to sign Johnny Gaudreau to his new contract? [Flames Nation]

• Flames captain Marc Giordano is confident Gaudreau’s new deal will get done, and won’t be anything like the messy situation Giordano went through that saw him head to Russia despite Calgary’s wishes. [Calgary Herald]

• The Detroit Red Wings and Toledo Walleye (ECHL) have renewed their minor league partnership for another two years. []

• Down Goes Brown: “12 NHL Stars You Just Can’t Hate.” Agree or disagree with his list? [Sportsnet]

• 27 of the top NHL prospects gathered in Toronto for a media tour, league business, and an Upper Deck trading card photoshoot. They talk about their transition to the NHL, favorite players growing up, biggest challenges, and more. [Toronto Sun]

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• 15-year-old Syrian refugee, Omar Al Ziab, took his first step in a prostetic leg less than a year ago. After his family relocated to Canada, he’s now trying his hand at sledge hockey. [CBC]

• “Sheldon Kennedy says being sexually abused for years by his junior hockey coach Graham James turned him from a “goofy, slightly mixed-up kid” who dreamed of the future into little more than “a zombie.” The former NHL player turned advocate for sexual abuse victims still seems ill at ease when talking about his own experiences, even though he was the first victim to come forward 20 years ago.” [Canadian Press]

• After serving a two year suspension from CIS play for allegations of sexual abuse by two players, the University of Ottawa is preparing to restart their men’s hockey program. Coach Patrick Grandmaitre talks expectations for the upcoming season. [Ottawa Citizen]

• Trading one of the core pieces of the Vancouver Canucks is out of the question to achieve short term success. [The Canuck Way]

• The new Las Vegas franchise has numerous expansion draft rules and cap hoops to jump through as they establish their team. The current method used by the Arizona Coyotes could be a blue print as to how to use the cap as an asset instead of a hindrance. [The Sin Bin]

• Meet Claudia Téllez. She’s the newest member of the Calgary Inferno, and the first Mexican National Team player to join the CWHL. [The Hockey Writers]

• The Florida Panthers are on the lookout for a new captain. Who should it be? [The Puck Under The Sun]

• Fantasy Hockey: Projecting the best rookies in the Western Conference for the 2016-17 season. [Dobber]

• Fancy stats: Examining Quality of Competition and Quality of Teammates at the NCAA level. [Hockey-Graphs]

• Finally, Brian McGrattan takes on the ‘World’s Fastest Cow’ in a race at a Calgary Stampeders game. Sadly, it’s not what you wish it was.

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