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Simmer’s Morning Skate: Power back to Michigan, Rookie Tournament, Trade & Signing Fall-outs (N. Patrick)

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Bring back Penticton!? Well, very likely next year, as we examined here three weeks ago. But for now the Vancouver Canucks will do without their annual rookie tournament. That is not the case in the Sunshine State however, where the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Carolina Hurricanes have announced their dates for a little rookie get together in September. Just one of our NHL stories as we go for a spin.

Let’s Skate …

This just in: First overall pick Owen Power is headed back to the University of Michigan, according to the Buffalo News.

There’s a bit of a goaltending quandary in Boston, yet there are still hopes and plans in place to continue the career of injured Tuukka Rask. That according to Bruins GM Don Sweeney and Boston Hockey Now‘s Jimmy Murphy.

Remember Nolan Patrick, the 2nd-overall pick in the 2017 draft who’s been plagued by injuries and is looking to revive his career. It slipped under the radar a bit this summer but the Flyers gave up on him. After a double whammy, involving two trades in one day back in mid-July, it appears Patrick will get his next opportunity with the Vegas Golden Knights. What to expect as the clock begins ticking.

The Pittsburgh Penguins seemingly took the first step toward negotiations with core players Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, and Bryan Rust when they hired a new Director of Hockey Operations on Tuesday. As Dan Kingerski points out, the Penguins new exec’ has three big expiring contracts staring him in the face.

Who or what is a Pasquale Zito? Bob Duff explains in Detroit Hockey Now. Will it be another NHL rags to riches story?

And finally, in the little box right next door is our preview of the Womens World Championship that starts tomorrow in Calgary. Here’s a short cut to this simple little summary that provides you everything you really need to know.

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