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From the Branches: Canadian Olympian seeks goalie position in ECHL

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Canada's gold-medal goalie from 2014, Shannon Szabados, is contemplating a team in the Solar Bears' division.

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Do we want to see Shannon Szabados play against the Solar Bears several times a season? Yes, yes we do. Best of luck trying out for the Atlanta Gladiators, Szabados!

Canadian Olympic team goalie Shannon Szabados seeks next step: tryout in the ECHL | Edmonton Journal
"The women’s gold-medal winner from the 2014 Sochi Winter Games can probably return to the SPHL team, with whom she’s put up good numbers and has also been a magnet for fans, or she can take a harder path this fall and try out for an ECHL team. She’s probably eying the Atlanta Gladiators."

An old but good article:
Shannon Szabados makes history, first woman to register shutout in men’s pro hockey | THN
"Shannon Szabados has broken barriers by becoming the first woman to be a full-timer in men’s professional hockey, and the 29-year-old made a bit more history this past weekend when she became the first woman to register a shutout in a men’s pro game."

Leafs News

Toronto Maple Leafs: The Giants of Leaf Defence | Tip of the Tower
"There is a curious and identifiable pattern creeping into Mark Hunter‘s player acquisitions, with one aspect of this trend creating an intriguing subplot. Going back to when he orchestrated the Toronto Maple Leafs‘ efforts at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, he seemed to be intent on acquiring the best player available, regardless of size and position."

Jhonas Enroth brings experience to Leafs’ backup role | The Star
"I liked the gear when I was younger," Enroth said in a phone interview from his home in Stockholm. "I was pretty impressed with all the cool pads and the helmets and all that. Since then I loved the position and started playing goal.

Jon Jutzi joins Toronto Marlies on an AHL contract | MLHS
"A first professional stint came late last season after signing an ATO for the Manitoba Moose. Suiting up on six occasions for the Moose, Jutzi wasn’t noticeably out of place on the blue line for a struggling team but failed to impress enough to earn an offer for 2016-17."

Toronto Maple Leafs Player Preview: Peter Holland | Editor in Leaf
Peter Holland and the Toronto Maple Leafs took his contract negotiations down to the wire before coming to terms on a one year deal worth $1.3M.

PROJECTING MATTHEWS' SCORING TOTAL IN 2016-17 | OUR OLD FRIEND DLP
BUT SERIOUSLY WHY DO TLN HEADLINES ALL HAVE TO BE SO SHOUTY

Other Stuff

Sweden's Zetterberg out of World Cup of Hockey with injury | AP
Mikael Backlund replaces him.

Phil Kessel could be forced to miss start of season after hand surgery | THN
"Phil Kessel is coming off of a nearly Conn Smythe-worthy playoff performance and is looking to hit the ground running in his second season as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The only thing hindering Kessel at this point is a hand injury that required off-season surgery and is yet to fully heal." :( :(

If Players Were Presidents -- Alexander Semin | Peerless Prognosticator
Alexander Semin is ... William Howard Taft.

Jaromir Jagr featured in jewelry store calendar | NHL
This is very important hockey news, shut up everyone.

USA Hockey Announces All-American Prospects Game Roster | SBN
"USA Hockey has released the 42 players that will participate in this year’s All-American Prospects Game, which will be played September 22nd at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The even is a showcase for the best American NHL Draft-eligible talent to begin the season."

Bernie Nicholls on concussions, NHL lawsuit (Puck Daddy Q&A) | Puck Daddy
"In recent years, Nicholls – who played 1,127 games and had 1,209 points with six NHL teams – has struggled with memory loss so still being able to cherish this top hockey moment in his life is important to him."

Flyers unveil 50th Anniversary season jersey, featuring a lot of gold | BSH
"Rather than overwhelming orange (as we thought we may see from the above preview), the team went for gold mixed in with their traditional three colors, and I can’t help but think that this looks like an odd cousin of an Anaheim Ducks jersey."

Zeitgeist: NHL Las Vegas team narrows name list down to 30-40 finalists | LHH
"A leaked email unveils the favored choices, including Desert Knights, Sand Knights, Knight Riders, Knight Hawks, Eagle Hawks, Ethan Hawks, Desert Knight Hawk Eagles and three dozen other finalists."

Atlantic Division Preview: Will the Boston Bruins Overtake the Red Wings? | WIIM
No.

Jared Bednar finally gets chance in NHL | NHL
Avalanche coach says success 'ultimate goal' after spending entire career in minors.

Paul Maurice Says Patrik Laine Will Have ‘Opportunity to Excel’ | THW
He'll be so much fun to watch this season.