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Pavel Datsyuk taking page from Sergei Fedorov’s playbook, but is it the wrong page?

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Pavel Datsyuk (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

By KEITH GAVE

After helping Russia to a bronze medal finish at the World Championship – and presumably negotiating at the same time with some Kontinental Hockey League clubs while he’s under contract for another season with the Detroit Red Wings – Pavel Datsyuk went on vacation.

But before he causes irreparable harm to his legacy in Hockeytown, Datsyuk would be wise to take a moment and put in a call to Sergei Fedorov, who seems to regret his decision to leave Detroit before his time.

Datsyuk plans to meet with Red Wings GM Ken Holland in mid-June, and in all likelihood make official what has seemed like a foregone conclusion for months – that he will leave the NHL to finish his playing career in Russia. SKA Saint Petersburg appears to be his team of choice, though agent Dan Milstein insists no deal has been consummated and his client may still negotiate with other KHL teams.

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The Hockey News Podcast: Stanley Cup final preview, and predictions

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Stanley Cup (Getty Images)

On this edition of the podcast, the THN gang breaks down the Stanley Cup final. We discuss who has the edge in five important categories — plus three bonus intangible categories.

It also features a special appearance by the office alarm. There was a fire drill during the recording of the podcast, but we decided to power through to bring you this episode. Enjoy.

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Manitoba singer brings new life to beloved, old hockey songs

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Del Barber.

By Michael Fletcher

Juno-nominated singer-songwriter Del Barber grew up in southern Manitoba, so of course the Winnipeg Jets and hockey meant everything to him.

His fourth album, The Puck Drops Here, is a collection of songs inspired by his love of hockey and his dedication to the game. “I was up late and I was expecting to read about a hockey album that somebody has made along the way in Canada,” said Barber. “So I sent (True North Records) an email about a hockey album and they said let’s go, let’s make this thing”.

The album offers covers of songs that resonate with Canadian hockey fans, like a second national anthem. You’ll find remakes of songs like Stompin’ Tom Connors’ ‘The Hockey Song’ to the former ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ theme song. “Its like a hymn to us,” Barber said. “We recorded that song (‘Hockey Night in Canada’ theme) twice because we thought people would recognize it and ask themselves is that what I think it is?”

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THN.com Roundtable: If we were giving it out now, who wins the Conn Smythe?

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Joe Pavelski scores at SAP Center on May 1, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Stanley Cup playoffs are only half over but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead to the final night of the season.

Before Gary Bettman hands the Cup to the captain of the winning team, he hands out the Conn Smythe Trophy to the playoff MVP.

As the conference finals begin, these are our favorites to win the Conn Smythe.

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The Hockey News Podcast: Third-round playoff preview, plus what went wrong with the Capitals

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Joe Pavelski (Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

On this edition of the podcast, we break down the conference final series and make our predictions.

We also discuss what went wrong with the Washington Capitals and how they can improve. We also talk analytics and struggle mightily to pronounce our colleague Dominik Luszczyszyn‘s last name.

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This Week in The Hockey News magazine: Draft Preview 2016

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It’s THN’s highly anticipated, XL-sized Draft Preview 2016 edition, featuring our top 100 prospects with scouting reports on each, plus reports on each of the 30 NHL teams: their needs now and down the road, their cap situations and their recent shrewd/not-so-shrewd draft picks. Also in the issue:

AUSTON’S POWER – We’ve never seen a No. 1 overall prospect like Auston Matthews. He hails from the Arizona desert, has Mexican bloodlines and spent his draft year playing pro in Switzerland. He’s ready to transform a franchise with his size, smarts, swagger and remarkable offensive creativity

THE WIN-WIN FINNS – Teams can do no wrong with Laine or Puljujarvi at No. 2 or 3. Which one to take depends on needs

BLOODLINE BENEFITS – Does being the son of an NHLer really give a kid a better chance of making the big league

SCOUTING ROUNDTABLE – Scouts sound off on the ins and outs of talent mining

WORST. DRAFT. EVER. – 1996 surely yielded the ugliest first round of all-time. How could there have been so many misses?

PURE TORTURE – What happens when a THNer decides to brave the physically gruelling NHL draft combine?

TANK JOB – No team is tanking. That’s a fact. But the draft lottery hasn’t eliminated the incessant talk like it should have

REVIVED RED MACHINE – Are Russian draft prospects in vogue again?

SNEAK PEAKS – Who will be the top podium prize in 2017, 2018 and 2019?

Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, buy it from the THN store or digitally on your IPad or through Molto, PressReader, Kobo, Google PlayZinio or Nook. You can also subscribe at thehockeynews.com.