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The Morning After the Night Before: 6 September 2016

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When hockey was just around the corner...

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Can you believe it? It's September! Here is just a small selection of hockey you can look forward to this month:

World Cup of Hockey
September 17th - October 1st
Team Sweden, Team Europe, Team Canada. In that order.
[NHL.com schedule]

Penticton Young Stars Tournament
September 16th - 19th
Brock Boeser. Olli Juolevi. Need I say more?
[Canucks.com schedule]

Pre-season exhibition games
September 27th - October 8th
A handful of games to figure out where Rodin fits.
[Canucks.com schedule]

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I've turned full circle on the World Cup of Hockey. It's still a cash-grab. It's still utterly pointless. But by God am I glad hockey is back, and I'll take it in whatever form Mr Bettman deems necessary.

But that's still a while away. What's happening around the league right now, I hear you ask?

-The Sedins and Loui were paired together in practice. As if there was ever any doubt. [NHL.com]

- And Captain Henrik is now also the Team Sweden Captain, following Henrik Zetterberg's withdrawal. They chose the wrong Henrik to begin with. [The Score]

- Potential Canadian lines for the WCoH. Spoiler alert: Crosby gets the safest wingers in the group. [CBC]

- The Canucks' training camp is scheduled for September 22nd-26th. [Canucks.com]

- Watch Demko and Garteig being put through their paces. I like. [Canucks' Youtube]

- Brotherly love from PK for Malcolm and Jordan. While it's a crap shoot for goalies, I think you can be a bit more confident that Jordan will see some NHL action. Whether he'll amount to a 500pt D man, who knows, but I'd like to think he'll see at least 200-300 NHL games in his career. [CBC]

- Just look at the NHL's free agent tracker. Players still without a deal for the coming season: Hampus Lindholm, Rickard Rakell, Tobias Rieder, David Legwand, Kris '$5m' Russell, Nikita Kucherov, Nikita Nesterov, Matt Bartkowski and Dmitry Orlov. There is some serious talent there. [NHL.com]

- 'Bold' predictions for next season from Sportsnet. 'Downright stupid' in my estimation, but then again, I'm not being paid thousands to make things up. [Sportsnet]

- Ben Bishop had a lucky escape. He was nearly a Flame apparently. [NBC]

- For all those who bought Kris Versteeg out of their fantasy leagues, he's coming back to the NHL after his European gig was scuppered by insurance issues. [The Hockey Writers]

- It's been a long time since I read anyone mention fighting (seriously, anyway). This link shows how it is, statistically, on the decline. I don't believe it will ever be removed from the game, but look at the decline in just 6 years. Nearly half of the number there was. [The Tennessean]

Your question for the day: Who will win the World Cup of Hockey?