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It won’t take long for the Toronto Maple Leafs to feel the wind at their back and begin to reshape the defense which was their downfall in 2017-18. Now led by John Tavares, new Toronto General Manager Kyle Dubas is on the march. The Islanders aren’t letting Tavares get them down, and the Bruins are overloaded. The offseason is just getting better.

Larry Brooks of the New York post tweeted big-time news about Erik Karlsson. He’s talking to other teams. Sportsnet has the write-up (Sportsnet).

Joe Thornton re-upped in San Jose. That just seems right. Tomas Hertl also re-signed. The Sharks have slowly and surely built a solid organization which will succeed after Thornton is gone. (ESPN)

Meet the Bruins. Their cupboard is now overflowing with left-handed defensemen after signing John Moore (

The Maple Leafs have offence, and a lot of it. Now, they need defence. And a lot of it. Dubas is on the case (Toronto Sun).

What’s next for the Islanders? Beat writer Andrew Gross of Newsday looks at the Islanders situation and potential trade winds which are circling Lou Lamiorello. Oh, by the way, the Islanders did sign Tom Kuhnhackl (Newsday).

Nail Yakupov’s NHL run is over. Off to the KHL (TSN)

Hopefully, Jason Botterill and Phil Housely don’t go off on Ryan O’Reilly, who now feels the “spark” in St. Louis. (TSN)

Are there F——- Magician T-shirts available yet?


Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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