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Technically, I should wish everyone a Happy 4th of July, but I’ll wait until tomorrow. Instead, today is a holiday in my house as Little Leo turns two-years-old. Two years ago, I wrote hockey articles on Pittsburgh Penguins free agent targets in the waiting room while I awaited the arrival of my grandson. Time flies … anyway, Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese put a hurting on Ryan Kesler and Toronto Mayor John Tory sounds impressed with the NHL hub city plans.

Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Jacques Martin is 67-years-old, which puts him at greater risk of severe effects from a COVID-19 infection. He’ll coach in the NHL return anyway (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

We broke down the Eastern Conference and ranked the Eastern teams, 1-12 (PHN)

Toronto Mayor John Tory said the NHL has intricately detailed hub city plans (Sportsnet)

Senior VP and former NHL GM Rick Dudley is leaving the Carolina Hurricanes. The organization is undergoing drastic cost-cutting moves. Dudley is one of those people who seem to always be a part of a successful rebuild (WRAL)

Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom rang the bell after undergoing his last chemotherapy treatment for a rare form of bone cancer. Hell yes! (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

Penguins winger Zach Aston-Reese is usually one of the most easy-going players in the Penguins locker room. He has been surprisingly untalkative on the national bracket challenge with Sportsnet but he beat down Ryan Kessler on Sportsnet’s bracket challenge (Sportsnet)

We’ve been waiting all week for the NHL-NHLPA final announcement on a new CBA and NHL Return to Play. They’re inching closer … and closer (TSN)

Wouldn’t it be great if U.S. outlets covered the NHL as aggressively as the Canadian rightsholders? NBC blogs about hockey (thanks for occasionally using and linking to our content) and ESPN isn’t so interested. It’s a sorry situation.

Happy Birthday, Leo!

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now owner, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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