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The Philadelphia Flyers have traded Jakub Voracek to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Cam Atkinson in the first major trade on the second day of the NHL draft. The deal was straight up, with Voracek returning to the team that drafted him in 2007. It's Philadelphia's second major trade in two days after acquiring defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen from Buffalo for two high picks. The Sabres continued their fire sale by trading forward Sam Reinhart to Florida for a goalie prospect and future first-round pick. Colorado Avalanche kicked off the day by signing top defenseman Cale Makar to a $54 million, six-year contract. 

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The Buffalo Sabres have traded veteran defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to the Philadelphia Flyers, and forward Sam Reinhart could be the next to go. GM Kevyn Adams confirmed a report by Sportsnet.ca that he's had discussions to trade the seventh-year player to the Florida Panthers, while stressing the deal has not yet been completed.  In trading Ristolainen, Buffalo acquired fifth-year defenseman Robert Hagg and the Flyers first-round pick hours before the NHL draft. Buffalo also acquired Philadelphia’s second-round pick in the 2023 draft. Ristolainen gives the Flyers another right-shot defenseman for their top four after acquiring Ryan Ellis from Nashville last weekend. 

The Philadelphia Flyers released the season schedule for the 2021-22 campaign.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the Stanley Cup for the second consecutive season. They beat the Montreal  Canadiens 1-0 to wrap up the series four games to one, with Ross Colton scoring in the second period. Andrei Vasilevskiy posted a series-ended shutout for an NHL-record fifth consecutive time dating to the 2020 final. The victory came in front of over 18,000 fans at Amalie Arena, a far cry from last fall's win in an empty arena in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Josh Anderson scored his second goal 3:57 into overtime, and the Montreal Canadiens avoided elimination by defeating the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Pat Maroon and Barclay Goodrow scored for the Lightning who are attempting to become the NHL’s second team to win consecutive titles in the NHL's salary-cap era. The series shifts to Tampa Bay for Game 5 on Wednesday night.

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Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died of chest trauma from an errant fireworks mortar blast in what authorities described as a tragic accident on the Fourth of July. Police in Novi, Michigan, say the firework tilted slightly and started to fire toward people nearby. The 24-year-old Kivlenieks was in a hot tub and tried to get clear with several other people. Authorities had earlier said the Latvian  died of an apparent head injury during a fall. An autopsy clarified the cause of death. Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson called it a “devastating time” for the team.

Domantas Sabonis had his ninth triple-double of the season and Caris LeVert added 24 points to help Indiana rally past Philadelphia 103-94 on Tuesday night, ending the 76ers’ eight-game winning streak.

Tobias Harris scored 21 points, Seth Curry added 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers won their fifth straight game, beating the Chicago Bulls 106-94 on Monday night.

Allison had a strong showing in eight games with the Phantoms earlier this season before getting called up.