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Looking at offensively prolific wingers and where some players fall on the spectrum of scorer vs. creator, where does Phil Kessel fall? [Today's Slapshot]

TLN has assembled the all-time greatest Maple Leafs team, and Kessel and his 181 goals made the cut. Nobody who wore blue in white in this disaster of a decade was as exciting to watch with the puck as Phil Kessel. Few ever have been. [The Leafs Nation]

Veteran UFA squeeze continues as Maxim Lapierre follows Marcel Goc by taking his game overseas, signing with Swedish MODO for 1 year. [Pro Hockey Talk]

The NHLPA rookie showcase is in full swing, and obviously Connor McDavid is receiving a lot of attention. What exactly is his expectation? Uh, maybe start with a not-losing season. [NHL]

Following in the footsteps of many a rookie, Jack Eichel is going to move in with a veteran teammate, that being Matt Moulson. [CBS Sports]

Besides McDavid and Eichel, who are the other top rookies to watch this year? At any rate who will be the third guy in the Calder vote? [The Hockey Writers]

Upon learning of Patrick Kane being investigated for sexual assault, at least five teams approached the Blackhawks, you know, just in case they were thinking trade? [Chicago Sun-Times]

Is Joe Thornton a Hall-of-Famer? To me it's a no-brainer, but to others there still might be a case to be made. [ESPN]

Dallas Stars should have one of the deepest forward corps in the West. Who should Patrick Sharp play with - Seguin or Spezza? [TSN]

Anze Kopitar and the Kings are far apart in contract negotiations so far. Chances that Lombardi is low-balling him rather than Kopitar asking for unreasonable money are ... 100%, I guess. [CBS Sports]