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NHL Daily Links - Feb. 3 

February, 3, 2014
We should know soon whether Steven Stamkos, who has not played since November after breaking his leg, will be cleared to play for Canada at the Sochi Olympic Games. Stamkos wants to play in a game for the Tampa Bay Lightning before deciding whether he is healthy enough to go. The Lightning have three games remaining before the break, with the last one being Saturday against Detroit.

NHL Daily Links - Jan. 21 

January, 21, 2014
When Steve Mason agreed to a contract extension over the weekend, it eliminated the Philadelphia Flyers as a potential buyer for a goaltender after the season. Our Craig Custance takes a look at how recent transactions involving prominent goalies will impact the summer market for netminders.

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NHL Daily Links - Jan. 13 

January, 13, 2014
Stuck in a five-game losing streak that dropped them 10 points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Winnipeg Jets fired coach Claude Noel on Sunday and replaced him with the well-traveled Paul Maurice. At the moment, Maurice is under contract only until the end of the season.

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NHL Daily Links - Jan. 7 

January, 7, 2014
The 25-man roster for Canada’s Olympic team will be unveiled Tuesday morning in Toronto, and there will likely be plenty of second-guessing of GM Steve Yzerman, no matter who makes the cut. The pressure will be on those players who will be headed to Sochi, writes ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside.

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NHL Daily Links - Dec. 24 

December, 24, 2013
The NHL is in the midst of its holiday roster freeze, but we can still talk deals. ESPN Insider Frank Provenzano checks in with his holiday gift guide, a look at the players who could be hot commodities on the trade market.

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NHL Morning Links - Dec. 17 

December, 17, 2013
Forward Shawn Thornton is opting to roll the dice. According to the player’s agent and the NHLPA, the Boston Bruins veteran is appealing his 15-game suspension for attacking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik on Dec. 7. Next up is a hearing with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. If the suspension still sits at six games or more after Bettman makes his call, Thornton can then take his appeal to an independent arbitrator. Of course, Thornton also runs the risk of seeing his suspension increased. TSN legal analyst Eric Macramalla suggests odds are slim the punishment is altered by either the commissioner or, if it gets that far, a neutral authority. Also, Macramalla proposes the entire process should pass rather quickly.

As for Orpik (concussion symptoms), there’s word the Penguins defenseman is feeling better. Welcome news, considering how devastated the Pens’ blue line is by injury. While Kris Letang (undisclosed upper-body injury) and Rob Scuderi (broken ankle) aren’t due back until after the Christmas break, Paul Martin (broken leg) isn’t scheduled to return until mid-January. ESPN Insider Craig Custance looks into whether the Penguins can keep up their winning ways with some many key figures hurt. Forward Evgeni Malkin is also listed as day-to-day.

In other suspension-related news, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Corey Potter has been told to sit out two games for boarding forward Nick Bonino of the Anaheim Ducks. And Deryk Engelland (Penguins) has an in-person hearing with the NHL's discipline department set for Wednesday after elbowing Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader in the jaw.

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NHL Morning Links - Dec. 12 

December, 12, 2013
The rumor mill didn't churn as feverishly this week on the trade front, but there were some captivating ideas raised coming out of the Board of Governors meeting, primarily the rising salary cap and NHL expansion. (You'll remember our little expansion experiment from the preseason.)

But despite the lack of trade buzz, there's been no shortage of other news around the league on the injury, line combination and promotions/demotions front, so let's get to it.

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Fantasy Grapevine - Week 11 

December, 11, 2013
Nathan HortonAP Photo/Columbus Dispatch/Fred Squillante
It won't be long now. After months of remaining patient, the Columbus Blue Jackets are in line to receive a prized post-holiday present, early in the new year. Scheduled to participate in contact drills in about two weeks' time, forward Nathan Horton is expected to make his Blue Jackets debut near the start of 2014. And the majority of ESPN.com fantasy owners should be figuring out whether the former third-overall NHL draft selection (2003) is worth picking up now.

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NHL Morning Links - Dec. 9 

December, 9, 2013
Rangers captain Marc Staal sat out Sunday night’s loss to the Capitals after taking a shoulder to the chin from Devils forward Reid Boucher a night earlier. Coach Alain Vigneault said the Rangers are not sure yet whether the defenseman's symptoms are concussion-related, and it remains to be seen how long Staal will be sidelined.

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NHL Morning Links - Dec. 6 

December, 6, 2013
After Thursday’s frightening scene in Montreal, news that Johnny Boychuk was cleared to fly home with his team is most welcome. The Boston Bruins defenseman was unable to get up off the ice on his own after being hit into the boards by Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty. Boychuk was eventually stretchered off and taken to hospital. According to Bruins forward Jarome Iginla, Boychuk suffered a back injury when he was hit. In any case, the valued D-man will likely miss a fair amount of time. General consensus is Pacioretty won’t receive supplemental discipline from the league for the hit. The forward was handed a two-minute minor penalty at the time of the infraction.

The Detroit Red Wings can’t seem to get far ahead of the game on the injury front. Shortly after hearing that Pavel Datsyuk was nearing return, word emerged of the latest injury to hobble Darren Helm. The center is ruled out for the weekend with a suspected shoulder strain or sprain. While Stephen Weiss is favored to center the Red Wings’ second line in place of Helm, a returning Todd Bertuzzi could sub in (for Weiss) on the top unit with Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist. But coach Mike Babcock hasn’t promised anything.

Coach Alain Vigneault thinks all of his defensemen stink except Ryan McDonagh. Ok, maybe that wasn’t exactly what the New York Rangers coach said recently, but he definitely wants a greater effort from his corps of blueliners. Vigneault wasn’t shy about his preference for John Moore over Michael Del Zotto either. You get the sense Del Zotto wouldn’t see any action at all these days if he wasn’t being flaunted for a trade.

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Fantasy Grapevine - Week 10 

December, 4, 2013
Dmitry KulikovJoel Auerbach/Getty ImagesFormer first-rounder Dmitry Kulikov may be on the move soon.
A former first-round draft pick with the Florida Panthers joins Michael Del Zotto of the New York Rangers, Dmitry Orlov of the Washington Capitals and Jake Gardiner of the Toronto Maple Leafs on a short list of promising, young defensemen rumored to be on the NHL trade block.

A healthy scratch this week, Dmitry Kulikov is currently a popular subject of trade talks, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie:

"Kulikov has been available for most of this year but the Panthers are kicking it up, very aggressively shopping him, and trying to get an auction going for a 23-year-old defenceman who was picked 14th overall in the 2008 draft. Kulikov though has two knocks against him. One, he hasn't been developing and playing particularly well for Florida and two, he's a restricted free agent at the end of the year and there are fears that because he has the KHL option as a Russian, he might go back there instead of playing in the NHL."

That being said, the feeling is that he is worth the risk for many. ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun believes Kulikov is "certainly worth a gamble", and other rumblings indicate teams are talking to Florida GM Dale Tallon about the talented, puck-moving D-man.

With a look to recent history, Elliotte Friedman of the CBC proposes the Maple Leafs might be in the mix:

"The details are hard to pin down, but, at some point last season, the Florida Panthers came pretty close to pulling off a deal that would have sent Dmitry Kulikov to Toronto. One of the teams backed away. But it would come as no surprise to see this conversation rekindled. Kulikov certainly has talent yet is inconsistent. Could he benefit from a change?”

There is no doubt Kulikov would reap great advantage from a fresh start -- in reality and in fantasy play. Not only is he saddled with competing for one of the worst teams in the league, but the young Russian is also apparently not working well with new Panthers coach Peter Horachek. Like most developing D-men, Kulikov has hit rough patches in the past, but not to this extent (three points in 27 games).

Hooking up with the Maple Leafs -- or the New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, etc. -- would go a long way in getting Kulikov back on the right, previously forecast, track. This lad has the tools and talent to earn a point every couple of games in the NHL. If a transaction seems imminent, you may want to take a gamble on him in your fantasy league.

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NHL Morning Links - Dec. 2 

December, 2, 2013
It was a disastrous holiday weekend for the New York Islanders, who lost three home games in four days and are 2-10-1 in their last 13.

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NHL Morning Links - Nov. 29 

November, 29, 2013
Attention fantasy owners: Before you hit the shops with aspirations of snagging a five-dollar iPod or 50-cent waffle-maker, set your lineups. We’ve got morning hockey (Winnipeg Jets vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 11:30 Eastern). Otherwise, here are a few NHL bits and bobs to distract from the physiological aftermath of yesterday’s indulgences ...

The Calgary Flames will have to manage without two of their better players for the foreseeable future. While rookie forward Sean Monahan is listed as week-to-week with a fractured foot, defenseman Dennis Wideman is sidelined for six to eight weeks with a broken hand. Look for T.J. Brodie and Kris Russell to pick up more of the offensive slack on the back end, at least until Mark Giordano (broken ankle) is ready to return (next week, maybe).

Goalie Justin Peters of the Carolina Hurricanes is making a case for himself to be considered top backup to Cam Ward, even once Anton Khudobin (lower body) is healthy. It’s hard to argue with Peters’ .920 save percentage and 2.49 goals-against average.

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NHL Morning Links - Nov. 26 

November, 26, 2013
The lockout last season wiped a full slate of games off the November schedule, which may have been good news for the New York Islanders. The Islanders are 4-8 this month and 9-22-5 in their past three combined Novembers. ESPN Insider’s Craig Custance asks if Jack Capuano’s squad has enough left to salvage the season.

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NHL Morning Links - Nov. 21 

November, 21, 2013
Despite their place in the standings, the Buffalo Sabres have remained in the forefront of NHL thought recently, as there were rumors of a coach/GM firing, followed by the actual firing of Ron Rolston and Darcy Regier. But as the search continues for the team's next GM, they experienced a somewhat unique player situation this week: after trying to send Mikhail Grigorenko down to their AHL affiliate for conditioning, they were informed by the NHL that this wasn't allowed. If Grigorenko was to go anywhere else, it would be his QMJHL team. Here's the latest rundown of the situation. With our obligatory Sabres reference out of the way, let's hit the rest of of the links.

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