Lucic in LA LA Land; meet man behind DoPS; price of Holtby (Puck Headlines)

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• Following his trade to the Dallas Stars, Patrick Sharp took out a full page ad in the Chicago Tribune to thank Blackhawks fans. [@ChicagoSports]

• Mlian Lucic meets with the LA media face-to-face for the first time since the big trade went down. [LA Kings Insider]

• Meet the man whose played a big part in making the Department of Player Safety what it is today, Damian Echevarrieta. [Boston Globe]

• It’s in the best interest of the Washington Capitals to get Braden Holtby’s contract issue resolved before they head to arbitration. If they don’t, it could cost them dearly. [Washington Post]

• Marcus Johansson is another Capital headed to arbitration. What’s he worth? [Japers’ Rink]

• Blockbuster off-season trades are becoming commonplace in Dallas. After their latest one, just how good can they be? [CBS Sports]

• With Craig Berube out in Philadelphia, Vincent Lecavalier is looking for a fresh start under new head coach Dave Hakstol. [NHL]

• The Carolina Hurricanes prospects have loads of potential; however, the main roster looks too similar to the way it was when the season ended. That’s not necessarily a good thing. [The Hockey Writers]

• “Diminishing returns: The Alex Semin in Carolina story.” Perfect title for a Lifetime movie. [Section 328]

• The Columbus Blue Jackets have a plethora of talent at forward. Now they have to figure out how best to utilize all of them. [Blue Jackets Xtra]

• In celebration of media freedom and integrity within the hockey realm of Columbus. [Union and Blue]

• Fantastic profile of the crew behind the analytics site War on Ice and their connection to Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University. [Tribune Live]

• “What if we talked about NHL players the way the media talks about female athletes?” [Pension Plan Puppets]

• Meet Tracy Tutton. She’s a figure skater turned figure skating coach turned hockey skating coach currently working for the Colorado Avalanche. [CBS Denver]

• NHL prospects and undrafted players don’t get the luxury of an off-season between the draft and main camp. [Color of Hockey]

• A year earlier, the Florida Panthers had the worst PK and PP. How’d the coaching staff do as far as making improvements? [Litter Box Cats]

• Ranking the top 10 European players coming to the NHL this season. [McKeen’s Hockey]

• Fantasy hockey alert: The 10 worst long-term contracts. There are a few names on this list that will surprise you. [Dobber]

• The Nashville Predators had a terrific regular season last year and could be primed to repeat it. [Along The Boards]

• The Calgary Flames are part of the AHL’s westward expansion. As the parent franchise of the Stockton Heat, the Flames organization is investing not only in the team but in the city as well. [The Sin Bin]

• Drew Bannister is the new head coach of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL), replacing Sheldon Keefe who left to join the Maple Leafs organization. [Buzzing the Net]

• Recapping the Comm Ave Charity Classic featuring famous Boston College and Boston University hockey alums. [Bruins Daily]

• Did you know there is an Australian Ice Hockey League? Now you do. It’s gaining traction in the United Kingdom, of all places. [On The Fly Hockey]

• Imagine if Marek vs. Wyshynski covered ballet instead of hockey. [Battle of California]

• Finally, Jack Eichel was so good in the Sabres prospect scrimmage, pucks would go through the net trying to get away from him:

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