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It’s the last week of August and players are starting to pop up and speak about the coming season.

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In the news today, training camps are about to open up at all levels and there are some quotes coming through, particularly form players in the CHL, about what they hope to acheive this season. We’re still waiting for news about a contract for William Nylander and our Top 25 Under 25 will continue and finish with the number 1 on Friday.

It’s the last week of August. Soon we will be talking about Maple Leafs players at official practices.

ICYMI

Week 4 recap and community vote - elseldo
The higher we go the more we all get along, isn’t that great?

CHL Notebook: Trades, hires, camp cuts, and more junior hockey news - elseldo
The three seasons are about to start, with the QMJHL already halfway through training camp.

Other News

Hollowell seeks leadership role - Sault Star
More than anything else, Mac Hollowell wants to play for the Toronto Marlies this fall. But the Soo Greyhounds defenceman and Leafs fourth-round draft pick is also a realist. He knows how loaded the defending American Hockey League champions are.

Liljegren eager to take next step - Sportsnet.ca
"If you play over here you have to make fast plays and move the puck quick. That’s something I developed over the year. I feel comfortable now." - Timothy Liljegren

Scott set for biggest season to date - Prince Albert Daily Herald
Ian Scott is looking to earn a pro contract with the Leafs this season.

Lyon's new mask a tribute to 'The Sixth Sense' - NHL.com
Alex Lyon's mask sees dead people.

The NHL subsequently denied the above statement was “accurate” which in NHL-speak means it may only 90% true and not 100% true. It became clear later on that something is up with respect to Voynov, but they are not going to publicly reveal where in the process he sits at the moemnt.

So who knows what’s really going on here. It could be neither the league or the NHLPA really know either and are feeling it out as they go along. Either way, it’s not a hard “Voynov is banned from the NHL forever.”