Good afternoon hockey fans. The offseason has been way too long. How much more can we take?

If you take a look at your calendar, you will see that it’s October 2, 2015. Next Wednesday, the NHL will kicks off the 2015-16 season with four games.

So, as we prepare for the upcoming hockey season, there’re quite a few hockey stories making the headlines today.

In Philadelphia, PA, former University of North Dakota head coach Dave Hakstol is turning some heads and making an impression on the Flyers fans. For the most part nothing has changed. Hakstol is still running intense practices. During training camp the rookie coach left his players out of breath.

Friday Hockey Links

After Unusual Route to Flyers, Dave Hakstol Plots a Radical Ascent [New York Times]

Keeping with the New York Times: Big Step for Las Vegas and Quebec City in N.H.L. Bids [New York Times]

Zach Parise’s buddy is now with the Wild: Flyers lose Chris Porter on waivers to Wild [CSNPHILLY.COM]

Apparently, the Blackhawks are attempting to trade Bryan Bickell [CBS Sports]

Report: Blackhawks place Bryan Bickell on waivers, send Dano to AHL [CBS Sports]

Blackhawks stay busy, waive Bickell []

Speaking of waviers: the Wild waived Brett Bulmer []

Coach Babcock is making his return to Detroit [NHL.COM]

Sabres’ Bylsma primed to win Jack Adams Award [NHL.COM]

Former Western Michigan Star and Red Wings Defenseman Danny DeKeyser is out 3-4 weeks with foot injury [CBS Sports]

College Hockey’s Influence on the 2015-16 Wild [The Hockey Writers]

3 Sharks Defensemen With the Most to Prove [The Hockey Writers]

A Softer San Jose Sharks Team [The Hockey Writers]

For all thirty NHL teams: Season Previews [The Hockey Writers]

Blackhawks schedule Patrick Kane bobblehead night as investigation continues [Puck Daddy]

Peter DeBoer on using analytics to turn around San Jose Sharks [Puck Daddy]

The Hamburglar is out two weeks with a groin injury [Puck Daddy]

Big goalie contracts a net problem in the salary cap era [Sporting News]

NHL season point totals, division odds posted at Las Vegas SuperBook [Sporting News]

NHL preview: ‘Triplets’ line a real threat in the Eastern Conference []

Connor McDavid’s arrival drives Oilers’ ticket sales outside of Edmonton []

Here’s the best story of the day; No advertising on NHL uniforms with Adidas deal, Bettman says []

About The Author

College Hockey Writer, Contributing Editor

Eric Burton is a 1996, 1999 graduate of the University of North Dakota. Eric covers college hockey and the University of North Dakota for Inside Hockey. Eric is the editor of the SIN BIN. Lastly, Eric was the college hockey writer for The Hockey Writers.

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