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Garry Bettman and Rob Manfred participate in a panel on Contract Negotiation in Professional Sports at MLB Headquarters in NYC in December 2013.
Garry Bettman and Rob Manfred participate in a panel on Contract Negotiation in Professional Sports at MLB Headquarters in NYC in December 2013.
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What's new in and around the NHL in the dog days of summer?

The NHL has entered a 6-year partnership with MLB Advanced Media worth $1.2B. MLBAM will take over the NHL's digital operations, including the league and team websites, GCL live streaming, mobile apps and NHL Network. [CBS Sports]

The Maple Leafs James van Riemsdyk talks about his expectations of the upcoming season and coming to terms with losing friend and linemate Phil Kessel. [NHL.com]

Mike Hoffman was awarded a $2M contract by the arbitrator, much closer to what Ottawa was offering ($1.75M) than what he was requesting. [Silver Seven]

Coach vs. athlete development roles and responsibilities, and the importance of giving a fair opportunity to every prospect. [Habs Eye On The Prize]

More on the shootout theory: should the shooters want the goalies guessing? [AP Hockey]

How hockey can be a means of escapism and the dark undertones of mental illness. This was a tough read but necessary to remind us of the struggles others face daily. [The Hockey Writers]

An interesting look at the recent growth of hockey in Florida. Pucks and palm treas? Why not. [Along The Boards]

Part 2 of Jonathan Quick's excellent breakdown of the NHL's elite snipers. [The Players' Tribune]

The fallacy of a multi-year tank as it relates to the Toronto Maple Leafs. I thought it was a great read. [Pension Plan Puppets]

Sidney Crosby Hockey School kicked off yesterday in Cole Harbour, and Pens Inside Scoop's Michelle Crechiolo is there to capture every detail. Great writeup and tons of cool pictures. [Penguins.com]

The latest episode of the Garage League Podcast with Lyle and Andy, talking Pens hockey for a full hour. [SoundCloud]

If you missed this over the weekend like I did, Jonathan Bombulie discusses that the Pens are hardly alone when it comes to a top-heavy approach to the salary cap. [Trib]

Third annual Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K Run and Family Walk is happening on October 4, 2015. Go register to walk or run, raise some $$ for Pens and Mario Lemieux Foundations and report back promptly if you catch Phil Kessel sneak any hot dogs while pretending to run. [Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation]