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Phil Kessel takes the ice for the first time as a Penguin. Copyright Pittsburgh Penguins.
Phil Kessel takes the ice for the first time as a Penguin. Copyright Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Phil Kessel took the ice for the first time as a Penguin. Yes, Phil Kessel is a Penguin, you dumb people at the NHL store on 6th Ave & 47th St who tried to sell me a blue Maple Leafs 81 jersey yesterday. [TSN]

Sid & Geno are naturally excited to have a new highly skilled teammate. [NHL.com]

Jonathan Toews joked that putting Kessel with Crosby and Malkin would create an overdose of skill. [Hamilton Spectator]

Patrick Kane will meet with the NHL and the Blackhawks sometime next week to determine his status as league gets ready for kickoff. [SI.com]

It's finally looking like Cody Franson might be getting a deal, as he and the Buffalo Sabres are closing in on a two-year contract. [ESPN]

Keith Yandle says he's fully recovered from the shoulder injury he suffered last season and ready to go with the Rangers. [NJ.com]

Willie Desjardins will miss the Vancouver Canucks training camp following hip surgery. [Globe & Mail]

The 2016 World Cup of Hockey schedule is out and here's all you need to know about the tournament. [TSN]

An old friend will be a part of it, as Miroslav Satan will be running team Europe. [NHL.com]

Basically having this glorified exhibition tournament is nice and all, but won't replace Olympic hockey. [Globe & Mail]