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Weekend Brunch: It was a rather eventful first two days of training camp

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The Avalanche hit the ice and Big Z gets his deal done

Philadelphia Flyers v Colorado Avalanche Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Colorado Avalanche

When the Avs got off the ice for their first practice of training camp, they were greeted with some great news:

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.

But off the ice, Duchene might be creating a distraction for his team by trying not to be a distraction.

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]