• VIDEO: Jamie Benn and David Backes fight right off opening faceoff
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    VIDEO: Jamie Benn and David Backes fight right off opening faceoff

    Sunday’s game between the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars gave us an opportunity to check in on the relationship between Jamie Benn and David Backes, and it seems that they still do not like each other very much. Their on-ice feud continued literally as soon as Sunday’s game started, when they dropped the gloves right off the opening faceoff, which you can see in the video up above. It was clear right from the very beginning that fight was going to happen given the way they were discussing things before the puck was even dropped. These guys have been going at one another for years, dating back to Backes’ days with the St. Louis Blues, and their fight (it was mostly a lot of jersey pulling at the

  • How NHL is growing hockey in America at grassroots level
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    How NHL is growing hockey in America at grassroots level

    When it comes to the NHL, “growing the game” is a bit of a nebulous term. Does it mean growing more NHL fans, a.k.a. future customers? Does it mean growing more American players who could one day play in the NHL? Maybe a little bit of both? Alex Silverman

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    Panthers re-sign Mario Addison to 3-year contract

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have re-signed defensive end Mario Addison to a three-year contract. Financial terms were not available Sunday night. Addison had a career-high 9 1/2 sacks last season for the Panthers, including eight in the final nine games. Addison was set to become an unrestricted free agent. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says in a release that Addison "has shown he is one of the best emerging pass rushers in the league and he deserves this contract." Addison joined the Panthers in 2012 from Washington's practice squad and recorded 25 1/2 sacks with the team, including 22 over the past three seasons. Adison says "I'm just going to give it my all like I always