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Colorado locked up Matt Duchene and secured another key part of its long-term future. [Michael Martin/Getty Images]

Colorado locked up Matt Duchene and secured another key part of its long-term future. [Michael Martin/Getty Images]

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:

• Another day passed without an announcement on Olympic agreement or the upcoming season's schedule. No worries, because today's gotta be the day, right? Right?

• This video of Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon practicing together is worth checking out because, wow, what a couple of beauties!

• The Avs locked down a key piece of their future, getting Matt Duchene's name on a five-year extension. The term might be shorter than Colorado would have liked, but Duchene did give up three years of UFA eligibility.

• Kudos to P.K. Subban for this effort to make hockey more affordable to underprivileged kids. The Norris winner also talks about what it means to him to have captured that award.

• Are the Sabres and Capitals good enough as-is to improve on last season's disappointing results? Because that's essentially what the inactivity of their general managers suggests. I hadn't stopped to consider how bad Washington's second line is. Looks like another one-and-done season for them if they move forward with this group.

There's another Crosby trying to make a name in international hockey. This week's IIHF High Performance camp in Sheffield, England (!?!) has Taylor Crosby on display for the first time.

• This week's development camp served as a reminder that the Penguins have an embarrassment of riches on the blue line. You can never have too much depth, but you have to think one (or more) of these kids could be moved for young, affordable help at forward before long.

• Here's another gem from Tony Gallagher, who admits " this maybe the dumbest [idea] this column has ever floated." He might be right...but he might also have the germ of something that has to be discussed in the near future.

• Tough news out of Carolina's camp where 2013 first-rounder Elias Lindholm suffered a shoulder injury. Word this morning is that he could be back in 10-14 days.

• Here's some better news out of Raleigh: The Canes have Mike Chiasson, the son the late Steve Chiasson in camp. The younger Chiasson, who will be back manning the blueline at Michigan this season, was just eight when his father died in a single-car accident in Raleigh back in 1999.

• Yes, the glut at forward will lead to the Red Wings trading away one or more before the season starts, but I don't think any of the young talent is on the menu.

• The Isles have inked former fourth-overall pick Thomas Hickey to a two-year deal. Gotta love this news if you're an Isles fan. This is virtually a no-risk signing, but some potential for a very high return from a player who hasn't quite found his way as a pro just yet.

• Alex Radulov had some choice words for the Nashville reporter who exposed his breach of curfew.

• Winnipeg coach Claude Noel denies a rift with Alex Burmistrov led to his defection to the KHL. I didn't expect him to torch the kid during his first public statement on Burmistrov leaving, but how dumb does his think this team's fans are?

• Cross one more name off of Winnipeg's dwindling arbitration list. The Jets signed one-way defenseman Paul Postma to a two-year deal. The kid can put up some numbers when used properly, but he's a nightmare in his own zone. This seems like a reasonable deal.

• No news yet out of Jersey on a new deal for Adam Henrique, but the Devils did manage to sign Jacob Josefson to a one-year, one-way contract. The former first rounder hasn't worked out as hoped, so this is basically a show-me deal for the 22-year-old.

• The Dallas Stars plan to aggressively market themselves as "The Team of the Southwest." Guess "America's Team" was already taken.

• Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish went back to the KHL to improve his blueline depth, bringing back veteran Denis Grebeshkov with a one-year deal. I only wish Joanne Ireland hadn't brought up the story of that nauseating injury he suffered during his brief tour with the Predators.


MacTavish hadn't done enough to improve the team.