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TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois confirmed on Tuesday that star forward Nikita Kucherov played in the Stanley Cup Final with a non-displaced rib fracture.Anaheim Ducks

The Minnesota Wild continue to look to Russia for talent, unafraid of the lure of the KHL. After all, they do have an awesome recruiter in “Dollar Bill Kirill.” Svechkov is a versatile, well rounded forward who seems like the kind of player Minnesota has really focused on adding in recent drafts. - Brock Otten

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This roster keeps the cap space relatively low with room to extend some of the players not yet under contract. It also allows them to have some minor league depth with players like Tyler Benson and Vitaly Abramov. They also have room to make some splashes; P.K. Subban could be a face of the franchise, even with his cost. James van Riemsdyk gives them a power play option early in franchise history.

• NHL prospect Logan Mailloux has opted out of this weekend’s draft four days after it was revealed that last November he was charged in Sweden with taking and distributing an offensive photo without consent following a consensual sexual encounter. [Daily Faceoff]Minnesota Wild
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While the Olympiques center isn't a regular highlight-reel type, he does a lot of things right. Respected for his two-way game, Dean is responsible and engaged, whether he has the puck or not. He works hard, reads the game well, and never seems to take a second off. An asset in all situations, Dean just makes a team better.Vegas Golden Knights

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With Brent Seabrook ($6.875 million cap hit) and Andrew Shaw ($3.9 million cap hit) on long-term injured reserve and newfound cap space available from the Keith trade, the Blackhawks are likely to target All-Star defenseman Seth Jones — the older brother of Caleb — via trade or six-time 40-point scoring defenseman Dougie Hamilton via free agency.

Another local connection for the Kraken: Gambrell grew up in the suburbs southeast of Seattle. And he can be a third-line center, too.Dallas Stars