Preseason schedule revealed; Oilers end Octane cheer team (Puck Headlines)

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• Lord Stanley’s Cup is united with the NWHL’s Isobel Cup, named after his daughter, at the Cushing Academy. [@TheIsobelCup]

• NHL HOCKEY RETURNS SEPTEMBER 25! OkKit’s just preseason. Some highlights: The Edmonton Oilers will open their new digs at Rogers Place on September 26, and the Los Angeles Kings will play back to back games at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas October 7-8. [NHL]

• At the press conference for the 2017 Winter Classic in St. Louis, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman addressed the World Cup, Olympics, outdoor games, and wasn’t thrilled to talk about concussions and CTE. [Chicago Tribune]

• The Las Vegas franchise has narrowed the name search down to four possibilities and the Black Knights are no longer one. [The Sin Bin]

• Vegas has hired Dave Prior as the director of goaltending and NHL goaltending coach. Like many Vegas new hires, he worked for the Washington Capitals, too. [Vegas Is Hockey]

• Golfing at the fourth annual Michel Therrien Invitational, Shea Weber talked about the trade and his excitement to debut in front of the Bell Centre crowd. [Hockey Inside/Out]

• The Oilers have ended the Octane cheer team going forward. [Global News]

• It’s official: Nick Spaling has signed a one year contract with Genève-Servette HC. [Swiss Hockey News]

• In a taped PSA, Corey Crawford compares his protective hockey gear, which deflects pucks, to the way police officers’ vests stop bullets in an ad campaign to raise money for about 1,900 new police vests. The Chicago Blackhawks announced plans to donate $5,000 this week to the “Get Behind The Vest” drive. [Chicago Tribune]

• Ray Whitney has made it to the Olympics (sort of). He’s caddying for Canadian golfer Graham DeLaet during the games. [News & Observer]

• The San Jose Sharks have new secondary logos for the upcoming season. What do you think of ’em? [Fear the Fin]

• Adam McQuaid doesn’t believe the signing of Kevan Miller will lead to his ouster in Boston. Instead, he sees it as an opportunity to for growth for the two defensemen. [WEEI]

• Meghan Fardelmann will not return to the New York Riveters after their roster overhaul this offseason. Why the team will miss presence. [Today’s Slapshot]

• A string of quality ‘waiver eligible’ players the Detroit Red Wings need to figure out what to do with or risk losing them for nothing. [Winging It In Motown]

• The New York Rangers are a long shot to get Jimmy Vesey; however, if they could land him, like they did Kevin Hayes years ago, his impact on the Rangers would be instantaneous. [Blue Seat Blogs]

• The Vancouver Canucks are rumored to be in on the race to sign Jiri Hudler. Should they be? Revisiting the option (again) and the impact it could have on the roster. [Canucks Army]

• Fancy stats: Jason Demers isn’t lucky, but he’s good. [TSN]

• Offseason fantasy hockey grades for the moves of the Colorado Avalanche. [Dobber]

• Why unrestricted free agent Alex Tanguay might be better than you thought and a good fit should he return to the Arizona Coyotes. [Puck Stuff]

• Breaking down the 2016 Heritage Classic jerseys for the Oilers and Winnipeg Jets. [Hockey by Design]

• Erik Johnson owns a share of thoroughbred racing horse ‘Crosscheck Carlos.’ This Sunday the horse will run in the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity race, the richest at the Aurora based track. [Denver Post]

• EA Sports has just released their NHL 17 franchise mode trailer, along with plenty of details in their latest blog. Additionally, they’ve re-branded ‘Be A GM’ mode to ‘Franchise Mode.’ [Operation Sports]

• Watch New York Islanders owner Jon Ledecky FREAK OUT while cheering on his GOLD MEDALIST niece Katie Ledecky:

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