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Oilers, Blackhawks' play-in round opponent, release training camp roster

Oilers, Blackhawks' play-in round opponent, release training camp roster

Sunday afternoon, the Edmonton Oilers released their Phase 3 training camp roster. Training camps begin on Monday for teams competing in the NHL's 24-team playoffs under the league's Return To Play program. 

The Blackhawks, who were at No. 12 in the Western Conference at the time of the NHL pause on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will face the No. 5 Oilers starting Aug. 1 at Edmonton in a best-of-five qualifying round. 

Related: Oiler's Mike Green opts out of NHL's Return To Play program

Edmonton invited 33 players to attend their Return To Play camp.

Forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl headline the team's roster. Mikko Koskinen and Mike Smith are among the five goalies listed.

Western Conference teams will head to Edmonton's ICE District hub to prepare for the postseason tournament on July 26.

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2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Latest COVID-19 results prove bubbles are working

2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Latest COVID-19 results prove bubbles are working

On Monday, the NHL released the latest COVID-19 testing results with no positive tests from August 2 through August 8. 

The time period of the testing was through the conclusion of the second week of Phase 4 of the NHL's Return to Play program. The league also reported 7,245 tests were administered daily to the 52-member travelling parties of teams that were in hub cities Edmonton and Toronto for the NHL's 24-team postseason. 

There were no positive tests from Week 1 of Phase 4 in the bubbles.

The week of July 13-17 — the second to last week of Phase 3 — was the last time the NHL saw a COVID-19 diagnosis, when two players tested positive.

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Former Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon parts ways with Florida Panthers

Former Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon parts ways with Florida Panthers

On Monday, the Florida Panthers announced that Dale Tallon will no longer be with the team after serving as its general manager for 10 seasons and that the search for a new GM is on.

Tallon's contract was set to expire after this season. The agreement for him to leave the organization was a mutual decision according to the Panthers.

Florida, who hasn't won a playoff series since 1996, was eliminated by the New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers on Friday, dropping the best-of-5 series 3-1.

Under Tallon, the Panthers won their first two division titles since entering the NHL in 1993. In 2016, the club recorded a team-record 103-point season and finished first place in the Atlantic Division.

After missing the playoffs the previous three years ahead of 2020's 24-team postseason tournament, Tallon hired Joel Quenneville, who he won a Stanley Cup with when both were members of the Blackhawks organization in 2010, to replace Bob Boughner as head coach of the Panthers on April 8, 2019. Tallon later signed two-time Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to a seven-year, $70 million contract on July 1, 2019. 

Dale was with the Blackhawks organization for 33 years as a player, broadcaster and executive. He was an assistant GM with the Hawks from 2003-05, GM from 2005-09, and senior adviser of hockey operations in 2009-10. 

Tallon hired Quenneville as head coach of the Blackhawks on October 16, 2008. Impact Hawks players Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were drafted during Tallon's Chicago GM tenure.

Dale was the first player ever drafted by the Vancouver Canucks. The defenseman was selected at No. 2 overall in the 1970 NHL Draft. 

He had 336 points (98 goals, 238 assists) in 642 games across 10 seasons with Vancouver, Chicago and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tallon played in two NHL All-Star games (1971 and 1972).

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