When the Avs got off the ice for their first practice of training camp, they were greeted with some great news:
Zadorov's new deal in Colorado worth $2.15 M AAV per season— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) September 15, 2017
Not only was Big Z able to come to terms on a contract, but he was in the building and is expected to be on the ice with his teammates later today. [MHH]
It’s not all rainbows and sunshine though, according to former Leafs reporter Damian Cox, Joe Sakic is leading the organization into the darkness. [The Star]
On the ice, Matt Duchene was working with some new linemates in the hopes to find some sort of semblance of normality.
Matt Duchene with fellow speedsters Yaks & Kerfoot. pic.twitter.com/Pg55RmfBhz— Nadia Archuleta (@Hockeygrrls) September 15, 2017
But off the ice, Duchene might be creating a distraction for his team by trying not to be a distraction.
Doesn't appear Matt Duchene will talk to media today. He came off ice and undressed elsewhere #Avs pic.twitter.com/8W4jyrKm7W— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) September 15, 2017
Sometimes the best way to deal with turmoil is to laugh at it - and that’s exactly what the internet is doing with Matt Duchene’s media day antics. We’ve assembled the best Duchene memes from the past few days. [MHH]
Around the hockey world
In Vancouver, new head coach Travis Green is hoping his experience in the NHL will help Jake Virtanen take the next step in his development. [Sportsnet]
Despite his $5.7m cap hit, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault explains why Marc Staal is fighting for a roster spot, [Yahoo Sports]
From the category of the rich getting richer, Kris Letang was on the ice for the Penguins yesterday and apparently, it looks like he’s 100% healthy. [Post-Gazette]
There are so many OHLers at Lightning training camp and I absolutely love it [RawCharge]
Friends of the site, Maya and Taylor are back with a new episode of The Outliers Podcast. They get angrier than usual when they discuss the Olympics and which Staal brother is the best [iTunes]