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Fantucchio’s Focus: Isles Summer League Action; Oilers Bring Back Bouchard




Good morning; my name is Andrew Fantucchio. It’s Friday, August 25, and here’s what I’m focused on around the NHL today.

Islanders Bolduc and Gauthier Team Up For the Summer:

Samuel Bolduc and Julien Gauthier of the New York Islanders teamed up this summer in the Living Sisu Hockey League, which should help as both players prepare for a big season ahead.

Islanders Bolduc and Gauthier Win Summer League Championship

Oilers Bring Back Bouchard:

The Edmonton Oilers reached an agreement with restricted free agent defenseman Evan Bouchard on a two-year contract worth $3.9 million per season.

Bouchard, 23, is entering his fifth NHL season this year. Last year, Bouchard recorded 40 points with eight goals for the Oilers.

Flyers AGM Gives Update On Status of Team’s Rebuild:

Philadelphia Flyers assistant general manager Alyn McCauley gave an update on the team’s rebuild in a recent interview.

Flyers Assistant GM McCauley on Rebuild: ‘Fans are Demanding and That’s Good’

More From National Hockey Now:

Carolina: Can Nathan Beaulieu crack the Hurricanes’ opening night roster?

Florida: Matt Kierstad didn’t play a ton for the Panthers last year, but made an impact in whenever he did. Now he gets a chance to make the team out of training camp.

Montreal: An early look at some position battles to watch for with the Canadiens.

Chicago: The Blackhawks need a new plan after Auston Matthews chose to stay in Toronto long-term.

Nashville: Reviewing the five best free agent signings of the David Poile era.

Vegas: Projecting the middle six forward lines to start the year for the Golden Knights.

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