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The league, following in the NFL's footsteps, will use concussion spotters in 2015-16. Plus, a look at World Cups of Hockey past, and an update on the expansion process.

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Taking a leaf out of the NFL's book, the NHL will be using concussion spotters at games during the 2015-16 season. The Hockey News' Ken Campbell explained why it's a good idea—and why there's still room for improvement.

To start, here are the specifics on the spotters:

According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, the league will introduce spotters at all of its 1,230 games this season whose sole purpose will be to watch for visible signs of concussions and alert training staffs. The NHL will employ two spotters per game, but the actual spotting will largely be done by people who work for the teams. NHL teams will have one designated person both at home and on the road who will be close to the bench watching for players showing signs of concussions.

As Campbell quickly points out, though, there are a few flies in the ointment. First, unlike in the NFL, the spotters aren't entirely independent of teams, and second, the spotters can't pull players out of the game.

Another flaw is that the concussion spotters will not have the authority to pull a player from a game. Their job will be to look for visible signs of a concussion, then alert the training staff, which will then determine the player's status. Teams are no longer so short-sighted that they would allow a player to return to a game who shouldn't, but having someone with no ties to the team and giving him or her the authority to hold a player out would eliminate any possibility of that happening.

Still, it's a step in the right direction to improving player safety, and—as Campbell points out—it seems especially prudent considering the news about the Devils' Ryane Clowe. [THN]

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Welcome back to actually daily Daily Links! We're one step closer to the regular season!

ICYMI, the Stars released their full schedule and roster for training camp. [Stars]

Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are projected to finished fifth and sixth in the league in scoring, with the usual suspects rounding out the top spots. [TSN]

Stars' first-round pick Denis Gurianov hit the ice in the KHL.

Over at Today's Slapshot, Carolyn Wilke examines player value in the Central Division, and John Klingberg gets plenty of kudos for the Stars. [Today's Slapshot]

Rich Peverley had a little more to say about his new role with the team and his time in Traverse City, including what he's been keeping an eye on.

"One of the biggest things I've noticed since I focused on face-offs when I played was that a lot of these junior kids have no idea how to take a faceoff," he said. "If you can do the little things, like pay attention to your nutrition, your strength and conditioning, it will go a long way. There are so many facets of the game that you have to be able to be really good at to be a good, honest pro."

You can read more from Pevs at the link. [NHL]

Former Star Derek Roy may have found a new home with the Capitals.

Good news for hockey fans in Las Vegas: Everything is going according to plan for an expansion team. [LA Times]

The Blackhawks signed Marcus Kruger to a steal of a deal— one year, $1.5 million— and then sent Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom to the Hurricanes. [Chicago Tribune]

Speaking of Chicago, remember how Jonathan Toews did that water bottle trick shot last week? Well, it turns out a 12-year-old boy can do it, too. Here's Carter Pauli.

As training camp comes ever closer, RFAs Jonathan Huberdeau and Brock Nelson have yet to sign new contracts with the Panthers and Islanders, respectively. [Sportsnet]

As we prepare for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, take a walk down memory lane and relive the greatest five teams in tournament history. [ESPN]

Oilers fans held their collective breath when this happened over the weekend...

…which prompted a discussion over what, if anything, Edmonton should do to shield their budding superstar. [Sportsnet]

Kyle Okposo may not be wearing an Islanders uniform for much longer. [NHL]

And finally, a University of Virginia goalie—perhaps somehow knowing what was coming for the school's football team—chugged a beer on the ice and was promptly asked to leave the game. Cheers. [The Score]

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