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Bettman downplays expansion talk; remembering '94 lockout; new arena name for Lightning (Puck Headlines)

Sean Leahy
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• The Canucks revealed Ryan Miller’s new mask. What do you think?

• Gary Bettman denied reports that the NHL is set to expand by four teams by 2017. He also added that the fee to get in the league via expansion will cost you much more than $350 million. [National Post]

• Sean McIndoe looks back at the 1994 NHL lockout. [Grantland]

• Don Waddell, new president of Gale Force Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the Carolina Hurricanes, on recent relocation rumors: "This franchise isn't going anywhere.” Someone check the archives to see if he said something similar about the Thrashers. [Canes Country

• The Tampa Bay Lightning have a new name for their rink: introducing Amalie Arena. [Lightning]

• Training camp is upon us and Cody Eakin and Brenden Dillon are still unsigned by the Dallas Stars. What's up with that? [Blackout Dallas]

• Speaking of unsigned players, Jaden Schwartz and the St. Louis Blues “remain significantly apart,” according to the player’s agent. [Post-Dispatch]

• T.J. Oshie is taking on Alzheimer’s after finding out his dad was diagnosed with the disease last year. [KSDK]

• Could Dion Phaneuf move to the left side this season? He’s considering it. [The Star]

• University of New Hampshire goaltender Casey DeSmith has been suspended from the team after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a female victim and resisting arrest. [College Hockey News]

• Step right up Darren Helm, you’re going to play wing next to Pavel Datsyuk this season. [MLive]

• Meet Andrew Brewer, the 28-year old “coaching concierge” hired by the Detroit Red Wings. [NHL.com]

• Saint Anselm College became the first NCAA team to install a “Look-Up Line” on the ice at their rink. [Union Leader]

• Former NHL ref Paul Stewart on criticising officials: “Referees and linesmen on the ice get one initial look at a play at full speed, and have to make a split-second ruling. Has it ever occurred to folks when they are looking at a replay five or more times from multiple angles and with slow-motion and stop-motion, that the officials they are blasting for "blowing the call" had a real tough call to make?” [Huffington Post]

• The San Francisco Bulls went out of business earlier this year, but they still owe at least $4,152 in season ticket refunds to fans and an unknown amount to some corporate sponsors. [SF Appeal]

• The New York Islanders have some guys that could help your fantasy team this season. [Dobber Hockey]

• Finally, via Buzzing the Net, training camps have started in junior hockey and Sam Bennett is already impressing:

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