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Predators expect Dante Fabbro to fill the void left by PK Subban’s departure

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The Nashville Predators had to make a tough decision by trading star defenceman PK Subban to the New Jersey Devils earlier this summer.

Not only did the deal help create cap space to sign players such as Matt Duchene, but it also provides some of their younger, more inexperienced defenceman an opportunity to take their game to the next level with increased responsibility.

One of those players expected to make major improvements in 2019/2020 is 21-year old defenceman Dante Fabbro, who impressed upper management enough in limited time last season to convince them to explore a Subban trade in the first place.

“I probably would not have made the Subban trade if Dante Fabbro hadn’t signed with the Predators and hadn’t played at the end of the year and hadn’t played as well as he did,” said Nashville general manager David Poile late last month.

“That gave me good confidence that our defense, led by our captain Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis, and now with Fabbro being a really good young player, that we could still have a good defense and trade somebody like Subban.”

Fabbro joined the Predators on a three-year, entry-level contract in late March after an impressive three season stint at Boston University.

He compiled one assist in just four regular season games in 2018/2019, and also tallied one assist in six playoff games during their first round loss to the Dallas Stars. He may have not lit up the score sheet, but showed a lot of consistency in his role as a third-pairing defenceman and fit well alongside Dan Hamhuis.

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NHL looking at 8-9 cities that can accommodate “a dozen or so teams” in order to resume season

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The National Hockey League is working tirelessly to get everything back running again. And with those efforts have come a lot of possible scenarios.

According to commissioner Gary Bettman, the league has looked deeply into approximately eight to nine different hub cities that can host at least twelve teams at a time in a single location.

“We have been working very hard since we took the pause on March 12 to make sure that whatever the timing is, whatever the sequencing is, whatever physical ability we have in terms of locations to play, that we’re in a position to execute any or all of those options. There is still a great deal of uncertainty.” said Bettman while speaking at a digital keynote interview with Leaders Week on Monday.

There is still no timetable for when the league will resume.

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Leafs sign forward Adam Brooks to two-year extension

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The Toronto Maple Leafs locked up a depth player to a multi-year deal on Thursday.

The team announced they have signed forward Adam Brooks to a two-year, two-way contract extension that carries an average annual value of $725,000 at the NHL level.

The 24-year old, who was selected 92nd overall in the 2016 NHL Draft, had spent the majority of the 2019/2020 campaign with the team’ AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies, but did appear in seven games with the Leafs. During that span, he posted three assists and a plus-1 rating.

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NHL commissioner expresses optimism that the season will resume

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Hockey fans have finally been given some optimism.

With a lot still to be determined about the future of professional sports in North America, the NHL’s commissioner is confident that things are heading into the right direction.

Speaking at a virtual town hall via the San Jose Sharks earlier this week, Gary Bettman explained why he is optimistic about the NHL season resuming.

“States are reopening, cities are reopening…And if we do the right things, I think we’ll be able to finish the season.” said Bettman.

Healthy and safety is the top priority for players and franchises, but there are also other details that need to be hashed out for an NHL comeback to be realistic.

“We would like to bring a conclusion to this season…It’s got to be fair, it’s got to have integrity, and if we have to do it over the summer on some modified basis, then we’ll do it on that basis.” added Bettman.

As for straight up cancelling the season, well don’t count on that.

“Canceling is too easy a solution. That means you stop working hard to do all of the things that we’re doing, and I ultimately believe that there will be an opportunity.”

The league has been shutdown since March 12th due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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