Joe Thornton, Brent Burns pose nude for ESPN, in all their bearded glory

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Add Joe Thornton and Brent Burns to the list of NHLers to bare all for ESPN’s Body Issue.

Garett Bolles Authentic Jersey The bearded Sharks stars are featured in the 2017 edition of the magazine in a way you’ve never seen them before, posing full frontal in nothing but their birthday suits and sporting glorious facial hair extensions that put even their own legendary playoff beards to shame. As in their careers, there were no cups involved during this photo shoot.

The official window for teams and pending unrestricted free agents to finalize contracts opened July 1. But plenty of chatter goes on behind the scenes during the NHL’s weeklong interview period, when teams submitted qualifying offers to retain the rights to restricted free agents Monday. Those players have until July 5 to elect to go to salary arbitration with their teams. July 6 is the deadline for teams to elect to do the same.

Shattenkirk, the consensus top player on the free agent market, made his own pitch to the Rangers, taking less in term and dollars (four years, $26.6 million) to play near his hometown of New Rochelle, N.Y., spurning the Devils’ more lucrative offer in the process.

In relative terms, the contract is a bargain and allows GM Jeff Gorton the cap space flexibility to re-sign his key RFAs, keeping the Rangers competitive as the Henrik Lundqvist championship window grows ever smaller.

Pickard is just 25, was a 2010 second-round draft pick and had several strong outings a year ago playing for the league’s — by far — worst team. He then excelled at the 2017 World Championships, leading Canada to a silver medal with a 1.49 GAA and .938 save percentage in seven games.

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