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#ESPNplayerNHL: Lightning's best?
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Attention, Lightning fans: We need to hear from you.We want to know whom you consider the face of the Tampa Bay franchise. The team has played 21 seasons, won one Stanley Cup and made seven postseason appearances.

Photos: Summer vacation
True love is sticking with a man who dresses like this for his work outs. #fannypack pic.twitter.com/kbq3PR3Od7— Krista Ference (@krista_ference) July 16, 2014 Morning hill workout with @ryyguyyy at Sir Sam's.

#ESPNplayerNHL: Red Wing debate
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Red Wings fans, you've made your voices heard when asked who was Detroit's franchise player. But there seems to be an era argument.The long list of talented players that have passed through Hockeytown was narrowed down to Gordie Howe vs.

#ESPNplayerNHL: Great for two?
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Deciding on a franchise player can be a difficult decision. You have to consider everything that a player meant to the team. It's a combination of talent, wins, effort, character and those intangibles that truly represent your team.

#ESPNplayerNHL: Top Wild player?
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State of Hockey, huh? Well, not according to the results of our franchise player project. Turns out fans of the Minnesota Wild are behind the curve when it comes to voting for their favorite team player of all time.

#ESPNplayerNHL: Top Panthers player?
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Florida Panthers fans, we know you're out there. We've heard about you. As a matter of fact, in 1996, it was like an infestation or something.More to the point, we know you've had some great players to watch in your day.

#ESPNplayerNHL: Best Leafs player?
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Toronto Maple Leafs fans, you have no excuse. For some of the other teams lacking votes for our best franchise player project, I can see what's happening -- not enough history, not enough good players, not a big enough fan base.

#ESPNplayerNHL: Best Predators player?
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The Nashville Predators don't have the longest history. After all, it was just 16 years ago that the franchise was created. (Their first game was Oct. 10, 1998.

Toews, Kane deals: The $84 million reaction
The Chicago Blackhawks have reached eight-year deals with star forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the team announced Wednesday.Each contract is worth a total of $84 million, sources said.

Best franchise players: We need your help!
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Time to step up, people.We want you to name your favorite player from your favorite team -- of all time. Not just this season, not just the past five years, not just that one time when they should have won the Stanley Cup but were robbed by a bad call.

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