Tavares at the best hockey expectations in Michigan

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Maple Leafs captain John Tavares explains why hockey needs the best in a tournament: “This is important for our game, especially given the next generation of players we have now. With Papi [Auston Matthews]Michi [Marner]، [Leon] DrySitel, Connor [McDavid]، [Cale] Makar, this is kind of the next wave of kids. And obviously we still have a lot of great players – and Syed and Evi are the top two of all time – who are in the later stages of their careers. I think when you have the best hockey, you bring all those players together. It’s really special. We do not really understand this. “We know how rare the game is for your country.” [Sportsnet]

Go to the Frozen Four with a mix of future NHL talent, expectations are high for the Michigan Wolverines. [SI.com]

Flames will be without seams because the forward will need surgery to repair the labrum in his right pelvis. He is expected to prepare for training camp in September. [NHL.com]

• Tuukka Rask on why she finally decided to retire: “She could not handle the daily work – training and playing. This is something I realized very quickly. I felt really good during the rehabilitation period. I skated, I started twice a week, I went three times a week, I went four times a week and it was good. But I shot alone or with a coach, so it’s a little different with live action in a game or practice. And then by doing that game with Anaheim, I stretched my groin and buttocks a little bit and changed it a little bit and tightened it even more. “And then it’s time to be honest with yourself.” [NBC Sports Boston]

What does the playoffs look like right now for the Golden Knights? [Sin Bin Vegas]

• Do not let the dinosaurs convince you otherwise. The NHL needs more players like Trevor Zegras. [The Hockey News]

Take a look at Darnell Nurse and see how good he is as part of the Oilers defense. [Oilers Nation]

Could the extension of Alex Goligowski in Minnesota mean that Bill Gurin has plans for his blue line? [Zone Coverage]

• Did Thomas Tatar sign a bad contract with the demons? [All About the Jersey]

• Erik Haula, Brandon Saad, and Jake DeBrusk will help your fantasy hockey teams this week. [NBC Sports Edge]

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