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This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin:

- The Ottawa Senators are on the verge of starting their season without star RFA left winger Brady Tkachuk. What must GM Pierre Dorion due to get Tkachuk signed?

- The Montreal Canadiens sign center Nick Suzuki to an eight-year contract at a $7.875-million AAV. Who wins the deal?

- The Seattle Kraken name defenseman Mark Giordano captain. Does it make sense to give the 'C' to a pending UFA?

- The New York Rangers sign center Mika Zibanejad to an eight-year extension at an $8.5-million AAV. Was it a smart decision?

- The Toronto Maple Leafs will open 2021-22 minus center Auston Matthews (wrist) and left winger Ilya Mikheyev (thumb). Are they in danger of stumbling out of the gate?

- Ten women will work as officials in the AHL this season. How long until we see women officiating NHL games?

- Listener mailbag, including: how will the Montreal Canadiens fare without Carey Price?

And more!

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