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Cannon Blasts: Bye-Bye Breakaway Challenge, Monsters Weekends Struggle

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Outside of actual games that happened this weekend, it was a bit of a slow news week around the NHL. However, it didn't start that way, as Saturday news came down that the NHL didn't have it's Breakaway Challenge listed in its events for the Skills Challenge this year, and that might become the norm.

At the surface, this news doesn't make a ton of sense. You're taking a skills competition out of the Skills Competition, yet you use it to decide regular-season games.

But, however, if SportsNet's Nick Kypreos is correct, the players don't really dig it and if you can come up with something different or include more players in fewer events, I guess it evens itself out.

Just for fun, here's Ryan Johansen wearing an Ohio State jersey in the 2015 Skills Contest.

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