Olympic favorites; Parise and the Islanders

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• If the NHL goes to the Olympics — which all indications are pointing towards ‘yes’ — who would be the favorites? [The Hockey News]

• The agreement has actually not been submitted, however Zach Parise validates he’s signing up with the Islanders. [NY Hockey Now]

• Blues GM Doug Armstrong on Colton Parayko‘s back: “His back is fine. He’s got a hockey back now, which a lot of guys have. He’s fine. We addressed it last year, we talked to our medical staff prior to this. Everyone is comfortable that he’s going to be able to play and play for a while.” [Post-Dispatch]

• Why there’s no requirement for Canucks fans to stress over settlements for Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson getting in September without a resolution. [Canucks Army]

• There’s a lot information out there for NHL groups to arrange through, the secret is to learn what works best. [Sportsnet]

• Don Granato’s success, Jack Eichel‘s future, and other questions facing the Sabres this season. [NHL.com]

• An interesting historical look at just how much the Panthers have loved Finnish players. [Litter Box Cats]

• Canadian forward Blayre Turnbull suffered a broken fibula during the team’s event after winning gold at IIHF Women’s World Champion on Tuesday. [TSN]

• Having a look at the Panthers, Senators, and Canadiens as the 2021-22 NHL season techniques. [NBC Sports Edge]

• Defenseman Jack Johnson is going to Avalanche camp on a tryout. [Mile High Hockey]

More NHL news

Sharks are dealing with huge choice with Tomas Hertl Blues re-sign Colton Parayko to 8-year, $52 million agreement extension Canadiens’ alternatives if they don’t match Kotkaniemi deal sheet

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PHT Early Morning Skate: Olympic favorites; Parise and the Islanders initially appeared on NBCSports.com

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