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The Lightning remain in “constant communication” with Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson is healthy, Phil Kessel is awesome, and more in this morning’s reads.

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The Bolts

The Lightning and Nikita Kucherov are in “constant communication.” [Tampa Bay Times]

Tyler Johnson says he’s fully healthy heading into training camp. [Today’s Slapshot]

Having so many players at the World Cup creates opportunities for the Lightning’s young players to showcase themselves in training camp. [Tampa Bay Times]

The League

Taylor Hall still isn’t happy about the way things ended in Edmonton. [Fire and Ice]

Adam Gretz reminds us all that Phil Kessel is awesome. [Today’s Slapshot]

Mikhail Grabovsky has not been cleared to return the Isles for the start of training camp meaning he’s still suffering from concussion symptoms. [Lighthouse Hockey]

Tomas Jurco will be out of the Detroit lineup until November due to back surgery. [Wings Nation]

Buffalo Sabres training camp opened yesterday. [Die by the Blade]

Sunil Agnihotri looks at a how Eric Gryba performed alongside Brandon Davidson last year in Edmonton. [Copper and Blue]

Patrik Laine faced his favorite player, Alex Ovechkin, in the World Cup of Hockey. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

Alex Ovechkin doesn’t think anyone will break Wayne Gretzky’s goal scoring record. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

Bobby Ryan isn’t apologizing for his tweet about USA Hockey after they were eliminated. [TSN]

The Game

Team North America could be an indication of how USA Hockey could improve its approach in the future. [Wingin’ it in Motown]

USA Hockey needs to make changes if they want to be competitive at the Olympics in 2018. [Today’s Slapshot]