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Fantucchio’s Focus: Expectations for Barzal; Toews Says Goodbye



New York Islanders Mathew Barzal (Photo via New York Islanders Twitter)

Good morning, my name is Andrew Fantucchio. It’s Friday, August 18, and here’s what I’m focused on around the NHL today.

Will 2023 Bring Big Things for Mat Barzal?:

With the start of the season just around the corner, we’re going to start setting our expectations for every member of the New York Islanders. For Mathew Barzal, anything less than a career year will be a disappointment.

Islanders Exaggerations and Expectations: Mathew Barzal

Toews Says Goodbye To Chicago:

Jonathan Toews isn’t retiring, but he knows his time with the Blackhawks is up.

Jonathan Toews’ Instagram Posts Provide Closure for Blackhawks Fans

Sabres Broadcaster Rick Jeanneret Passes Away:

Rick Jeanneret, the legendary voice of the Buffalo Sabres, passed away late last night at the age of 81.

Sabres Broadcasting Legend Jeanneret Dies At 81

More From National Hockey Now:

Pittsburgh: What can be expected of Erik Karlsson during his first year in Pittsburgh?

Washington: Capitals draft pick will miss the entire 2023 season.

Detroit: Gustav Lindstrom is now a member of the Canadien because he ran out of room with the Red Wings.

Florida: Previewing the Panthers’ defense core this year.

Montreal: Kent Hughes is working to change the image of the Canadiens.

Nashville: Michael Gallagher answers the most pertinent questions facing the Predators.

Vegas: Jonathan Marchessault will be a free agent next summer. Here’s how he and the Golden Knights can get an extension done before then.

San Jose: The Sharks want Mike Hoffman and Jan Rutta to fill key roles this season.

Follow Andrew Fantucchio on Twitter: @A_Fantucchio


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