The Civic Holiday is over and it’s now officially the second half of summer. It’s that time where kids sit around saying “I can’t believe summer is already half over,” while their parents sit around saying “I can’t believe summer is only half over.”

Our Maple Leafs are still enjoying the off-season. Auston Matthews in particular appears to be having lots of fun.

Now to spoil the second half of your summer with a reminder: there is less than four weeks until the NHL must decide whether or not to activate the opt-out clause in the CBA, changing its end date from the summer of 2022 to the summer of 2020. Expect talk about this to pick up significantly from the major hockey media personalities in the next week, or as rumours begin to circulate “from a Western Conference Owner” about what is going on behind the scenes.

Top 25 Under 25

The series continues with #20 to #17 in this abbreviated week. We will reveal #20 at 8:00 a.m. In the meatime, check out our recap of your votes for that range.

2019 T25U25 Week 1 recap & Community Vote reveal

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Tampa Bay Lightning sign defender Shattenkirk to one year deal - Raw Charge
After years of rumors, the Lightning finally land Kevin Shattenkirk.

Apparently this was all a surprise to him too. Him alone.

It’s never too early to start projecting World Juniors rosters!