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This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin:

- One week into the NHL season, what early overreaction storyline actually matters?

- The NHL suspends San Jose Sharks left winger Evander Kane 21 games for violating COVID-19 protocols. Has Kane played his last NHL game?

- Star right winger Nikita Kucherov is out long-term with a lower-body injury. Will the Tampa Bay Lightning exploit his absence for salary-cap wizardry just like they did last season?

- Jimmy Hayes' parents reveal he had cocaine and fentanyl in his system when he died. Does the NHL do enough to protect its athletes when they stop playing?

- Listener questions, including: How much leash does Carter Hart have left as the Philadelphia's No. 1 goaltender?

And more!

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