Hurricanes at deadline; Rutherford's options; Capitals enjoyment (Puck Headlines)

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• The Oregon Ducks club hockey team wore tremendous 'throwback' jerseys. [Oregon Live]

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Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis will define his managerial legacy with the team this week. The Hurricanes could be big players on the NHL’s trade front. [News and Observer]

• The Winnipeg Jets should trade captain, and pending unrestricted free agent, Andrew Ladd right now. [Winnipeg Sun]

• What will Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford do for his team at next Monday’s trade deadline? [The Pens Blog]

• A long-form feature on Erik Karlsson and why he’s the best defenseman in the NHL.  [Sportsnet]

• Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman gives his weekly 30 Thoughts on hockey.  [Sportsnet]

• On the whereabouts of former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Johnston. The Penguins fired Johnston in December and replaced him with Mike Sullivan. [University of New Brunswick]

• The Washington Capitals are rolling through one of the more enjoyable regular seasons in NHL history. [Washington Post]

• Coaches for Canadian NHL teams are currently under fire. [Buzzing the Net]

• St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reaves will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety over his hit on Sharks defenseman Matt Tennyson in their Monday game. [CSN Bay Area]

• Another sad turn of events in the Jack Johnson saga: “Bankrupt NHL defenseman Jack Johnson has accused his parents of mismanaging his finances, overspending on cars, jewelry and extending lines of credit that plunged him into millions of dollars’ worth of debt. Now, Johnson wants his parents out of their Michigan home, a house he owns, so he can sell the property to help pay down his debts.”  [TSN]

• New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist hopes the World Cup of Hockey doesn’t mean the end of Olympic participation by NHL players. [Reuters via Yahoo]

• The movie “Soul on Ice” will premier on NHL Network on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern:The film chronicles the joy and the pain experienced by black players, from members of the ground-breaking Colored Hockey League in the Canadian Maritimes from 1895 to 1925 to star-studded roster of players currently skating for National Hockey League teams.” [Color of Hockey]

• How the NHL’s ‘Second Six’ expansion created jobs for a number of players. [Globe and Mail]

• Can analytics make Shea Weber a better defenseman? A look at Weber’s underlying stats. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Trading an NHL superstar is a risky proposition. [Spector’s Hockey]

• Behind a cross-country road trip inspired by the NWHL. [The Hockey Writers]

• Massachusetts-Lowell’s defense is carrying them this season. They’ve only allowed 1.84 goals per-game. [College Hockey News]

• A hockey mom donated her liver to her son’s teammate’s dad. [ESPN]

• Buried in the minors, Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell is trying to show he deserves a recall. [Daily Herald]

• Penn State’s hockey program will be graduating a class that has been with the school since their first year Division I. [Along the Boards]

• Previewing tonight’s hockey action. [Royal Half]

• The Anaheim Ducks are staying patient around the trade deadline period. Their divisional rivals are not. [Pucks of a Feather]

• Three potential trade targets for the Dallas Stars. All are on the blueline. [Blackout Dallas]

• A look at 10 trade targets that could impact your fantasy hockey team. [Dobber Hockey]

• The Boston Bruins are just an average hockey team. [Bruins Daily]

• Finally, Big hit by Metallurg's Oscar Osala in the KHL.

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