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Lace ’em up. Time for the Morning Skate.

It has happened, folks. We have officially passed the one-month mark until the start of the 2017-18 NHL season. On Monday, we crested the 30-day barrier that separates us from hockey that officially counts on stat sheets.

Training camps and preseason games are still to come, but hockey season is in the air. It feels like ages since we’ve had meaningful NHL hockey played, and we’ve gone through a lot since. All in all, it’s been a relatively quiet offseason minus a few big splashes.

In the next few weeks, however, we are likely going to see an uptick in activity as teams get ready to lock up their rosters. Unsure of what has to be resolved — and what might not be — within the next few weeks? We’ve got you covered:

And that’s not including the Golden Knights’ glut of defensemen they likely have to move to get down to seven or eight for their game-time lineups. Lots of fun stuff ahead, hockey fans.


THE TOP NHL PROSPECTS FROM COLLEGE YOU SHOULD KEEP UP WITH


2015 NHL Draft - Round One

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College hockey is also nearly among us. We’ve put together the top 25 college players you need to keep your eyes on who have already been drafted by NHL teams. We may see some of these guys sooner than you think.

WENNBERG, VANEK GET NEW CONTRACTS


New York Rangers v Columbus Blue Jackets

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In case you tuned out for Labor Day Weekend early on Friday, you missed a bit of news. The Blue Jackets re-signed a key piece of their offense, as they’ve locked up 22-year-old forward Alexander Wennberg to a six-year deal.

Also getting a new deal is Thomas Vanek, who is going to the Canucks on a one-year contract. We’ve also had some players sign PTOs over the last few days, so check them all out here.

ANTHONY DUCLAIR RE-SIGNS IN ARIZONA


Arizona Coyotes v New Jersey Devils

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The Coyotes got their last RFA signed on Sunday after giving Duclair a one-year extension. The forward has a lot to prove after a down year.

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