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Duffer’s Dabbles: The Great One Goes High Tech

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DraftKings has released an NFT featuring Wayne Gretzky.

Wayne Gretzky hasn’t played in the NHL since 1999 but No. 99 is still a big deal in the sports collectibles industry. A Gretzky rookie card is hotter than blacktop in July, so it will be interesting to see how the latest Gretzky collectible evolves in the industry.

The Great One has released a non-fungible token, which is basically a digital trading card. Gretzky’s Premier Edition collectible was launched Tuesday afternoon on the new DraftKings Marketplace. Gretzky Signature Edition collectables will follow on Friday. Both series are featuring a profile photo of Gretzky with the Signature Edition also including his authentic autograph.

The Premier Edition NFT goes for $12. But you’ll fork over $1,500 for the Signature Edition.

Barkov In Line For A Raise?

Florida: They signed the old man (Joe Thornton) and now the Florida Panthers are looking to lock up the “C.” Captain Alexander Barkov appears to in line for a new contract with the Panthers.

Pittsburgh: Alex Schall is the Penguins’ new new Director of Hockey Operations. He’ll be responsible for contract negotiations, salary cap management, and other important issues beneath GM Ron Hextall.

TSN: The debate over ads on NHL jerseys. It’s probably a done deal and will be forever, but even TSN had some pushback. 

Sportsnet: In addition to a statue, the Winnipeg Jets have applied to rename the street in front of the arena for Dale Hawerchuk.

Mantha To Worlds

Washington: Former Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha has participated the IIHF World Championship and now his sister will, too. Elizabeth Mantha is set to work as a referee at the IIHF women’s world tourney.

Vancouver: The Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs will both require fans to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Will the Canucks follow suit in this matter?

San Jose: Sharks 2020 first-round draft pick Ozzy Weisblatt says he intends to wear No. 66 when he makes his NHL debut.

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