Oilers feeling empowered after not needing McDavid for a goal

Oilers feeling empowered after not needing McDavid for a goal

EDMONTON, AB – Fresh off successfully scoring their first goal of the season without Connor McDavid’s influence, the Oilers arrived at practice on Wednesday in good spirits.

Players were all smiles as they hit the ice at Rogers Place, with many of them wondering who will be the next to score without the captain’s help.

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Ug shaming takes its toll on Flyers mascot

Ug shaming takes its toll on Flyers mascot

PHILADELPHIA, PA — After two weeks of being ruthlessly made fun of for his hideous appearance, Flyers mascot Gritty has taken a leave of absence from the team.

A Flyers spokesman today told reporters that the 32-year-old performer had been confined to his bedroom for the past couple of days after hearing nothing but negative feedback about the way he looks from the press and numerous late night talk shows.

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Senators set focus on winning Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup

Senators set focus on winning Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup

OTTAWA, ON – On the eve of the new NHL season, the Ottawa Senators today announced that they would be shifting their focus towards winning Chevrolet's Good Deeds Cup rather than the more traditional goal of the Stanley Cup.

The team believes the competition — which puts an emphasis on charity rather than winning — is a far more achievable goal that suits their style of play.

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Bring Your Child to Work grad promoted to Leafs GM

Bring Your Child to Work grad promoted to Leafs GM

TORONTO, ON – Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan today praised the hard work of its newest general manager Kyle Dubas, after the local boy became the first person to work his way up through the Bring Your Child to Work farm system.

Dubas, 14, initially joined the organization days after his eighth birthday, while his father was working in accounting.

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Oilers announce ticket packages for draft lottery viewing

Oilers announce ticket packages for draft lottery viewing

EDMONTON, AB – The Oilers today announced that they will be releasing ticket packages next week for the much anticipated draft lottery in April.

The team will be offering everything from individual seats to luxury suites at Rogers Place for the event. Sales staff expect tickets to sell out in minutes.

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Gary Bettman promises the Hurricanes won’t leave Quebec City

Gary Bettman promises the Hurricanes won’t leave Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY, QC – Speaking at a press conference today, commissioner Gary Bettman promised fans of the Hurricanes that their team’s future was safe in Quebec City.

With the impending sale of the team, many fans had expressed concern over whether or not they would be on the move once again.

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Oilers fan relieved to find paper bag still fits head perfectly

Oilers fan relieved to find paper bag still fits head perfectly

EDMONTON, AB – Lifelong Oilers fan, Randy Atkinson was overcome with relief on Sunday, after finding out that his favourite paper bag still fit his head as snugly as it did the last time he wore it.

Descending from his attic, the 36-year-old proudly showed off the headwear to his adoring family for the first time since February 2016.

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Illegal smelling salts ring in NHL being investigated by authorities

Illegal smelling salts ring in NHL being investigated by authorities

OTTAWA, ON – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) today announced that they are actively investigating an illegal ring that has been trafficking smelling salts around the NHL.

Authorities say that all 31 teams are embroiled in the investigation, with up to one third of all NHL players affected.

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Blackhawks just going to start wearing regular jerseys for Winter Classic games now

Blackhawks just going to start wearing regular jerseys for Winter Classic games now

CHICAGO, IL – The Blackhawks today announced that they will be wearing their regular home jerseys for all future Winter Classics, as they can no longer be bothered designing new ones for every single outdoor game they play each year.

General manager Stan Bowman said that he and his staff were sick and tired of trying to come up with dumb reasons for why each jersey means something to the team's history.

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Turris and Dorion fooling nobody by pretending nothing happened last night

Turris and Dorion fooling nobody by pretending nothing happened last night

KANATA, ON – Following a reportedly failed trade that saw Kyle Turris almost moved to Nashville overnight, several Senators players say no-one on the team is being fooled by GM Pierre Dorion and Turris acting normally today.

Dorion arrived at the Canadian Tire Centre this morning and tried focussing on greeting his players in the same way he usually does.

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Carolina Hurricanes Awareness Month kicks off for second straight year

Carolina Hurricanes Awareness Month kicks off for second straight year

RALEIGH, NC – The NHL kicked off the annual Carolina Hurricanes Awareness Month to much fanfare on Friday.

A huge crowd of 9,500 people packed into the PNC Arena to hear Ron Francis and Gary Bettman lay out their plans for a busy month full of fan interaction and activities.

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Tampa Bay coach tells Kucherov that it’s still only October; chill

Tampa Bay coach tells Kucherov that it’s still only October; chill

TAMPA BAY, FL – Lightning head coach Jon Cooper reportedly took Nikita Kucherov aside during the first intermission of Thursday night's game against Detroit to offer him some advice about his goal scoring.

According to a team source, Cooper has been unhappy with Kucherov's recent performances, insisting that he "tone it down a little".

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McPhee confident Golden Knights can break out of winning streak

McPhee confident Golden Knights can break out of winning streak

LAS VEGAS, NV – Golden Knights general manager George McPhee has tried easing tensions among fans, saying that his team will be able to break out of its current four-game winning streak soon.

The boss fronted the media after yet another unexpected win on Tuesday evening, this time over the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Zach Parise out months after body replacement surgery

Zach Parise out months after body replacement surgery

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Wild forward Zach Parise has undergone full body replacement surgery after exhausting all options to fix yet another persistent injury.

The cause of this one is not fully known, however team doctors say that the forward will not be returning to the lineup for at least two months, as his head adjusts to a completely different body.

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Shero considers claiming Niemi in the hopes of guaranteeing another lottery pick

Shero considers claiming Niemi in the hopes of guaranteeing another lottery pick

NEWARK, NJ – This fast start may not be exactly what New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero had in mind before the season.

Speaking exclusively with The Elbow on Monday afternoon, the former Penguins GM said he had his sights set on yet another high draft pick in the upcoming summer, however after his team's 6-2-0 start, Shero has had to consider ways in which he could encourage a drop in the standings.

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