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We've spent a lot of time this week talking about the players that moved in advance of Wednesday's trade deadline. But now, let's take a brief moment to talk about the players that move us. My friends, it's Hockey Hugs.
Over the past week, a number of players were ripped from the arms of their loving teammates, and cast into some other locker room, forced to make new friends on new lines, and get used to hugging new people.
For some guys, this is going to be difficult, because they're close with their teammates, and they've gotten used to certain hugging tendencies. Damien Brunner, for instance, was not moved, and that's a good thing, because his Detroit teammates have already gotten used to the way he places them in a headlock after goals and says creepy things like, "Draw near, my lovelies" and "Oooooh, children, you are so dear to me."
In the photo above, Dan Cleary and Joakim Andersson do their best to pretend they aren't completely weirded out.
Matt Cooke likes to do his world-famous impression of his teammates at the dentist. It's the same thing every time. "This is my impression of you at the dentist," Cooke says, opening his mouth wide and saying ahhhhh.
Eaton's ready for it, though. "Yeah? Well, this is my impression of you doing that impression," He says, doing the exact same thing.
And speaking of impressions, these next five hugs are sure to impress upon your heart.No. 5, Montreal Canadiens
Colby Armstrong, Jarred Tinordi, and Ryan White cover The Tokens' classic, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".
White and Tinordi: "A-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh..."
Armstrong: "WEEEEEEEEEEEE-Heeeeee weeoh aweem away..."
No. 4, Chicago Blackhawks
Enjoying a hug with Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews becomes infuriated at the arrival of Niklas Hjalmarsson.
"FORWARDS ONLY, NIKLAS. AND YOUR NAME IS SPELLED STUPID SO GET OUT."
No. 3, Montreal Canadiens
More Canadiens, as Suntots Brian Gionta and David Desharnais cuddle up by the boards for what may be littlest hug in NHL history.
"David, you're so little! I once peeled a potato bigger than you!"
"I'm one inch shorter than you are."
"I AM YOUR CAPTAIN. YOU SHUT YOUR TINY MOUTH. C'mere, you little scamp!"
No. 2, Anaheim Ducks
It's difficult to take attention away from Teemu Selanne, but Francois Beauchemin is undoubtedly the star of this photo with one of the craziest faces I've ever seen.
Ryan: "Yeah! We scored!"
Beauchemin: "And soon I will eat Teemu's heart and gain his agelessness!
Selanne: "Wait, what?"
Beauchemin: *grins terrifyingly*
No. 1, New York Islanders
After Keith Aucoin goes rogue and refuses to come off the ice for a line change, Jack Capuano sends out Casey Cizikas and Colin McDonald to take him down.
"Guys! I'm going for the record! Longest shift in NHL history -- waaaaaah!"