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Long Weekend Brunch: Prospects hit the ice, jerseys go on sale and Thomas Vanek finds a team

We’re only a week away from rookie camp, we can smell hockey in the air.

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Colorado Avalanche

With OHL preseason under way, Avs prospect Travis Barron talks about the new start for himself and his Ottawa 67s [MHH]

With rookie camp just a week away, here’s your chance to get to know the kids that will be representing the Avs at this year’s Rookie Showcase Tournament [NHL.com]

In reality, the entire team needs a bounce back, but here is a look at a couple players in particular that need to be better in the 2017-18 season [The Hockey Writers]

ICYMI: The Avs announced that their new Adidas jerseys will go on sale September 15th, only at the Pepsi Center.

September 1st was Nathan MacKinnon birthday

Around the hockey world

As training camp gets near, teams are looking to finalize their rosters. Yesterday, the Vancouver Canucks added veteran sniper Thomas Vanek on a on-year contract. [CanucksArmy]

Alex Wennberg is a huge part of the future in Columbus, so it makes sense that the Blue Jackets locked him up long-term with a six-year, $29.4 million deal. [JacketsCannon]

The Boston Bruins wouldn’t actually trade another young superstar would they?[Sportsnet]

He’s one of the more underrated defensemen in the NHL, here’s a look at the impact Anton Stralman has had on the Tampa Bay Lightning [Raw Charge]

The Carolina Hurricanes are moving to a digital-only ticket system that includes the elimination of PDF tickets. This could have a major impact on the secondary ticket market [Canes Country]

The CWHL announced Friday morning that they would pay their players next season and begin to operate under a salary cap [The Ice Garden]