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To-day? Why, Christmas day!

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"What's to-day?" cried Scrooge, calling downward to a boy in Sunday clothes, who perhaps had loitered in to look about him.

"Eh?" returned the boy, with all his might of wonder.

"What's to-day, my fine fellow?" said Scrooge.

"To-day?" replied the boy. "Why, Christmas Day."

Former MLSE CEO Richard Peddie On NHL In Vegas: 'It's A Bad Idea' | Forbes
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Ottawa Senators associate coach Marc Crawford knows Auston Matthews as well as anyone | Ottawa Sun
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In case you missed it.

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Frederik Andersen has a late summer hockey date | PPP
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N.H.L.’s Warm-Weather Outposts Produce Some Hot Prospects | NY Times
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2016 NHL Draft Preview: Meet Hockey’s Next Generation | The Ringer
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...Bergevin takes a shot.

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Radko Gudas signs extension with Flyers | ESPN
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