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NHL: Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Story

Johnny Gaudreau is Signed! Reportedly 6 Years, $40.5 M - by samwell9: Matchsticks and Gasoline

The Flames locked down their last RFA holdout just in time for the season to start. Gaudreau is the prototypical tiny kid that people think gets pushed around, but nobody can seem to pin down well enough to really hit.

Rumors were flying all day yesterday that Tampa would be reaching a deal with Nikita Kucherov sometime today, so if that happens, the last of the unsigned RFAs will be Jacob Trouba, Rickard Rakell, and Hampus Lindholm.

In Red Wings Land

Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (knee) doubtful for season opener - By Helene St. James: Detroit Free Press

The Wings skated with Kronwall and Sproul as their extras in yesterday’s practice, so I’m not sure anybody should be counting on Kronner for Thursday. Interesting here that Helene calls his condition a “permanently bad knee” though.

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Discuss among yourselves, and feel free to share any interesting stories you come across. Thanks and LGRW!