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• Via Leahy, here’s a classic shot of Brett Hull at St. Louis Blues casino night, because this is how you eventually become some team’s Ambassador of Fun, right Dallas?
• Dallas Stars MVP candidate Kari Lehtonen on his progress back from an injury: ““I was probably 75 percent yesterday, I am 85 percent today, I’ll be 95 percent tomorrow and then 105 on Thursday.” [Dallas Stars Blog]
• Don Maloney said the Phoenix Coyotes won’t talk contract with Mike Smith during the season because no one owns the team yet. Sigh … [FS Arizona]
• The good news: Rene Bourque does not have the flu. The bad news: Rene Bourque has a concussion. OK, make that the karmic news. [Hockey Inside Out]
• James Wisniewski has a broken foot, joining Jack Johnson in the infirmary and leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets’ blueline rather thin. [Puck-Rakers]
• Peter Laviolette does not believe that practice makes perfect. [Daily News]
• Becca on the return of Alex Semin to Washington: “There's no doubt that when he does so, he'll be facing a decade of memories - and so will we. Gauging the reaction of the hometown crowd when a longtime Cap returns for the first time is tough to do, but the hope is that there will be at least some sort of positive response, a warm reception, some acknowledgement of the great hockey we were privileged to see while The Other Alex roamed these streets.” [Japers’ Rink]
• The PuckBuddys on the return of Sasha: “But I predict the Verizon faithful are going to let him have it, with a few scattered apologists wailing, ‘Guys, but that wrister!’ He’s been an alright pickup for the Hurricanes with three goals on the season. Or, differently, as many as Ovechkin had in his last game. And speaking of Ovechkin, my God, we might get to see Ovi absolutely train track Sasha in the open ice. Think about that, and salivate over it. I need to go change.” [RMNB]
• Pierre LeBrun on the Anaheim Ducks’ goaltending: “I don’t believe there’s any chance Anaheim would move Hiller this season, not with the small yet impressive body of NHL work it has gotten from Fasth. Hiller at least finishes the year in Anaheim.” [ESPN]
• “In which Randy Carlyle encourages idiocy,” by Ryan Lambert. [Two-Line Pass]
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