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• Sportsnet reports that the Dallas Stars are going to place exiled forward Sean Avery on re-entry waivers as soon as Monday, and that the New York Rangers are poised to claim him. Is there still a chance someone higher up on the waiver food chain snags him first? [Sportsnet]

• The Chris Pronger-to-the-Boston-Bruins thing is heating up in Beantown. Pronger and Chara on the same defense ... yowzer. [Boston Herald]

Ossi Vaananen goes from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Vancouver Canucks, while Glen Metropolit goes from the Flyers to the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs need more Glen Metropolits. Seriously. [Ice Chips]

• Did you know the first recorded instance of a mask being worn in a hockey game by a goaltender came in the late-1920s, and that the it resembled a baseball catcher's mask? Read this awesome history of the mask from UniWatch and learn yourself somethun'. [UniWatch]

• The Hockey News looks at whether there actually is more competitive balance after the lockout and decides: "The talent wealth isn't being distributed as evenly as promised. The Nashvilles, Atlantas, Buffalos and Phoenixes still aren't highly desired destinations for top echelon players, either because the offers aren't forthcoming or stigmas attached to the franchises - or a combination of the two." [THN]

• Steven Ovadia takes a look at the psychology of John Tortorella in his first two games as New York Rangers coach, and how the man many assumed would blow the doors off the locker room has been a study of nuance. [Puck Update]

Bill Guerin tells the New York Islanders he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause at the deadline, making the outlandish assumption that someone will trade for him. [TSN]

• Marty Brodeur is starting on Saturday for the Devils. It's also $1 hot dog day. Sometimes, these write themselves. [Fire & Ice]

• Earl Sleek explains who Chris Kunitz is, and why the Anaheim Ducks may have won yesterday's trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Battle of California]

• Really terrific blog from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post about his rivals at the Rocky Mountain News folding. Such a sad day for print journalism. [All Things Avs]

• Columnist Ed Willes reports every whisper he's heard about the dire finances of the Tampa Bay Lightning ownership and indentifies the city as a trouble market for the NHL. It's a lengthy article that seems to miss this rather simple truth: If your team sucks and is perceived as a laughingstock, fans that are used to a winning product won't show up; and then you lose money and have to do goofy things like make your employees pay for parking. Look, it's fine to point out that the franchise is headed in the wrong direction under the new ownership; but the fanatical lust by Canadian journalists to group every non-traditional team under the "trouble market" umbrella has gotten beyond predictable. [Canwest]

• "I'd like to solve the puzzle, Pat." [Getty]

• Heading into tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild, Jarome Iginla needs two goals to reach 400 and three points to pass Theo Fleury and become the Calgary Flames' all-time points leader. And which player has scored the most goals and points against the Wild in that franchise's history? That would be a Mr. Jarome Iginla. [Sun Media]

• Looking at the "bubble teams" of the Western Conference, including this observation about the Columbus Blue Jackets: "Landing a top six winger at the deadline could propel them to their first ever playoff appearance, and make this team a cinderella pick to knock off a higher seed." There's really no excuse for the BJs not to make a significant move at the deadline. [Fear the Fin]

Chris Osgood rejoins the Detroit Red Wings and tries to put on a happy face about playing so poorly that he needed a mental health break. [Detroit News]

For Sale: One Martin Gerber, slightly used. Really, no takers? [Off The Post]

Brian Lee of the Ottawa Senators may want to think twice about that whole crying to the referees thing. [Ottawa Sun]

• Adam Gretz of FanHouse speaks with Will Carroll about the new hockey stathead site Puck Prospectus. [FanHouse]

• Finally, it's the long-awaited return of Sarah Spain to Puck Daddy! Here the Mouthpiece Sports inquisitor with Brian Campbell of the Chicago Blackhawks, talking about excessive sweating and YouTube classics:

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