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Mats Sundin was headed to the Vancouver Canucks this weekend ... until his agent came out and said a report in a Swedish newspaper was utter bunk. Oh well. Follow this epic tale in painful real-time on Waiting for Stanley. This Sundin situation is getting to be more time-consuming than following IKEA instructions.

Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks accelerate the Yzerman Transformation, name him captain. [The Two-Line Pass]

• Latest on the New York Islanders coaching derby: The Isles get permission to speak with John Tortorella and his former assistant Mike Sullivan. They're also expected to interview former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice, and could chat with former Atlanta Thrashers coach Bob Hartley, current Providence Bruins coach Scott Gordon and former Colorado Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville. Also, the rift between the team and Ted Nolan was a rather long-standing one.

• "Hey, I don't make the rules. If your son wants to learn French or gain some weight, then he can be goalie." [I Don't Make the Rules]

• The Pensblog unleashes its particular brand of whimsy on Bob Smizik, Post-Gazette columnist. Some men just want to watch the world burn. [The Pensblog]

Andre Roy, who brought the crazy to Tampa Bay long before the Koules-Aid arrives, goes to the Calgary Flames. MetroGnome would like to know why GMs continue the "musical chairs of goons" in the NHL. [Five Hole Fanatics]

• Interesting interview between Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch and Alexander Medvedev, president of the Russian KHL. At one point, Portzline asks if the family of Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Nikita Filatov had been threatened. The response: "Good God! I have a nagging suspicion you read a lot of James Bond stuff in your spare time!" Which is just what a Bond villain would say ... [Columbus Dispatch]

• With a huge collection of goalies on the free-agent market next summer, should the Edmonton Oilers ink Mathieu Garon to a long-term deal or not? [Covered in Oil]

• Bubba provides a rather interesting reaction to that "who the hell are the Carolina Hurricanes?" survey we covered on Friday. [Canes Country]

• Matching up the 2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins with (what we expect will be) the 2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins. The results ain't pretty. [The Confluence of the Three Rivers]

Danny Markov's not willing to take a physical before signing with the Los Angeles Kings. Which really doesn't inspire much confidence in his current physical condition.. [Inside the Kings]

• Conspiracy theory of the weekend: MSG hired TV's Joe Micheletti to be so awful that fans would buy more tickets to New York Rangers games. Discuss. [Scotty Hockey]

• Finally, Kevin Schultz takes a look at Sparky, the NY Islanders Dragon. Much more popular than Milbury, the Village Idiot. [BMR]

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