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• Randy Carlyle going over some tactics with his players.

• Evgeni Nabokov has signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal with the New York Islanders. Hey, remember when this guy refused to report after being claimed on waivers? Now he's re-signing there. And you say the Islanders have nothing to be proud of. [NHL]

• A rookie no one is talking about: Marcus Kruger, who has 12 points since the All-Star break, tying him for 3rd among NHL rookies in that stretch. [Chicago Now]

• Mikko Koivu returns to the Minnesota Wild lineup Thursday for their tilt with Calgary. Hooray, said Calgary. [Star Tribune]

• Like me, you may already be tired of hearing about Alexander Radulov, who doesn't skate -- he walks on water. But Dirk Hoag asks a valuable question: whose wing will he play on? [On the Forecheck]

• Here's another valuable question about the Predators: are they Stanley Cup favourites? [Sportsnet]

• After missing 44 games with a concussion and then a knee injury, Joni Pitkanen is back for the Carolina Hurricanes. [NHL]

• Benjamin Wendorf looks at the history of NHL helmets. [SB Nation]

• Super interesting: Hockey coaches are beginning to use Israeli Air Force technology, originally used to train fighter pilots, to develop players' awareness and ability to make fast-paced decisions. [Shalom Life]

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• At right: It would appear that Patrick Kane has the day off today. (Seriously, who wears hockey sweaters to the ski hill?) [Katie Baker]

• Speaking of Katie Baker, she thinks the Detroit Red Wings home uniforms are the best in hockey. False. Philadelphia for the win. [Grantland]

• Today in infuriating Canadian justice news: Graham James was sentenced to two years, but he could be released from prison as early as this fall. [CBC]

• Stu Hackel weighs in on the staged fights at Madison Square Garden on Monday. [SI Red Light]

• Scott Burnside and Pierre Lebrun on who won't be returning if the San Jose Sharks don't make the playoffs. I blame Jason Demers. Get. Him. Out of. Here. [ESPN]

• Linus Omark's usage would indicate that the Edmonton Oilers don't think too highly of him. They should trade his rights to YouTube. [Edmonton Journal]

• The Canucks have signed NCAA goaltender Joe Cannata, their 6th pick in 2009, to an entry-level contract. [Canucks Army]

• Is it harder to score goals late in the NHL season? [Broad Street Hockey]

• Don't worry, everyone: the Avalanche players don't mind playing second fiddle to Peyton Manning. I know you were all really worried about that. [Calgary Herald]

• Do yourself a favour and watch "2nd place", a motivational video that will get you totally stoked to not lose.

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