Ryan Kennedy

Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.

Colorado re-signs Mikhail Grigorenko; still has work to do

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Mikhail Grigorenko (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed center Mikhail Grigorenko to a one-year deal worth $1.3 million, giving the youngster a nice raise for 2016-17. Though the stat is largely ignored now, it’s worth noting that on a team filled with minus players, Grigorenko was a plus-2. But if the Avs want to make it back to the playoffs, they’re going to need more help than that.

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What will the Buffalo Sabres do with Zemgus Girgensons?

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Zemgus Girgensons  (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

There is a lot of room for long-term optimism in Buffalo. Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, Ryan O’Reilly and now Alex Nylander are all gems up front, while Rasmus Ristolainen looks like a solid No. 1 defenseman in the years to come. But the team is still in transition and there will be bumps in the short-term. One of those storylines involves fan favorite Zemgus Girgensons.

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The Top 10 defining moments of the 2015-16 season

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John Scott. (Brian Babineau/Getty Images)

It was never boring. Before the first puck was even dropped on the 2015-16 season, shocking stories were reverberating through the hockey world and more were on the docket. Sometimes, these plotlines were happy, sometimes they were unsettling. But they definitely made an impact.

We’re well into the summer now, but to encapsulate the 2015-16 season, we have chosen 10 moments that defined the NHL. Some of these stories had quick impacts, while others will continue to shape the careers of the players involved for years to come. We lead off with what was truly a winding and stunning tale, that of John Scott. This season made a player from a dying breed into a folk hero and brought countless hot takes and debates to the fore, leading up to All-Star Game weekend. Some folks complain that the mid-season get-together is pointless, but after what happened in Nashville, it’s hard to agree with that anymore.

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