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Storm Advisory for August 9: NHL News, Rumors, Links and Daily Roundup

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Eddie Olczyk battles cancer, the Checkers’ promotional schedule is out, and is hockey actually coming back to ESPN?

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Reading Assignments

  • Best wishes and good thoughts to Eddie Olczyk, the NBC and Blackhawks TV analyst and brother of Hurricanes assistant GM Ricky Olczyk, who announced yesterday that he has been diagnosed with colon cancer and will be undergoing chemotherapy in the coming weeks. [Blackhawks]
  • Olczyk’s broadcast partner, Mike Emrick, offered his thoughts on “Edzo” to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times:
  • The Charlotte Checkers released their 2017-18 promo schedule yesterday, and in addition to the usual fare - Pink in the Rink, the Teddy Bear Toss, Star Wars Night and the like - the Checkers are introducing their own version of the Canes’ hugely successful Homegrown Series. [Checkers]
  • This week’s CanesCast is out: with Brett Pesce’s new contract now in place, what does it mean for the rest of the Canes’ defense corps? [Hurricanes]
  • Noah Hanifin is among a handful of New England natives playing in a summer league in Foxborough, Massachusetts this offseason. Also on his team? His new teammate Scott Darling. [New England Hockey Journal]
  • Victor Rask gave an interview to a Swedish hockey website, discussing the Hurricanes’ playoff chances, his friendship with the now-departed Eddie Lack and more. Sidebar: If his nickname doesn’t become “Victor Rapid” after reading the translation, I will be sorely disappointed in the internet. [HockeySverige.se, and a Google translation of the article]
  • You may have seen yesterday that Disney is ending their distribution agreement with Netflix and starting their own streaming sports and movie services. But also included in that news is that Disney is purchasing a majority stake in BAMTech, the outlet that operates MLB.tv and NHL.tv, which means that hockey is returning to ESPN, albeit in streaming form:
  • Who exactly should people be directing their disappointment toward regarding the Olympics? The IOC’s Dick Pound says to blame the NHL. Greg Wyshynski says neither side comes out smelling like roses. [Puck Daddy]
  • Happy 70th birthday to Ken Dryden, who might be the NHL’s version of the Most Interesting Man In The World. [NHL.com]