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Proteau's Blog: Oilers strike gold with Sykora

– Most NHL teams could've had Petr Sykora for a song this summer, but only the Oilers stepped up and signed him to a one-year deal. Today, he's tied for third in NHL scoring with six goals and 13 points. If he keeps this up, there will be a few more suitors for his services next year.

– I asked the office of famous Hollywood director Jerry Bruckheimer if he had any comment on rumors he was interested in bringing an NHL team to Las Vegas. Here's the statement that came from his office:

“Mr. Bruckheimer's passion for hockey keeps him interested in all aspects of the sport.”

Glad that's cleared up.

– Speculation has Maple Leafs winger Darcy Tucker wanting a five-year contract. Good for him. I want a Slurpee machine, a Jaguar Coupe, and a tickle contest with Elisha Cuthbert. But for a variety of reasons, I'm not gonna get them. And for a variety of reasons, Toronto GM John Ferguson should bid Tucker adieu if he demands anything more than three years and $9 million.

– The Penguins may be at the top of the Atlantic Division, but their early success hasn't translated to a bonanza at the Mellon Arena box office. Only 13,190 at last night's game against New Jersey? That's a funny way of showing you want to keep the team in Pittsburgh.


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World Junior Roundup: USA Wins Group, Finland Still Perfect, Latvia Nabs Historic Victory

USA has clinched top spot in Group B, Finland will battle for the top spot in Group A against Canada and Latvia managed to record its first preliminary round game ever during the penultimate day of round-robin action at the World Junior Championship.


Latvia is the Little Team that Could at World Juniors

Latvia pulled off a major upset at the World Junior Championship, beating Czechia to advance to the quarterfinal for the first time ever. And they weren't even supposed to be in the tournament, either, creating the ultimate feel-good story.


NHL Hot Seat Radar: Dallas Stars

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are Dallas' highest-paid players, but are both on the decline. They'll need a quick turnaround in 2022-23 if the Stars are going to see any success.