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• The Carolina Hurricanes unveiled their logo for the 2010 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh today, and the KHL must be turbo-pissed that it looks like something from the Soviet space program. According to the Canes: "The primary color of the logo is a tribute to the Hurricanes and their legion of fans, the 'Caniacs,' who display their team pride by wearing red during home games at the RBC Center. Also, the holding shape is consistent with the Hurricanes' primary logo." Which, as you know, looks like a toilet swirly. [Hurricanes, with additional info on the "5,000 square-foot, 2011 NHL All-Star Game window treatment will be displayed on the West side of the RBC Plaza."]

• Arthur Staple from Newsday reports via Twitter that UFA Alexander Frolov(notes) is "mulling 4-year offer from KHL and a likely 2-year offer for less $ per year" from the New York Rangers. Oblivion or Broadway ... decisions, decisions. [@StapeNewsday]

• With the Boston Bruins and Blake Wheeler(notes) headed to arbitration, how will the B's afford to keep him? [ESPN Boston]

• The Vancouver Canucks and Mason Raymond(notes) reached a deal on a new contract "at the door" of his arbitration hearing, which makes the whole thing sound like the end of a romantic comedy. ("Mike Gillis dives from the elevator holding engagement ring in front of stunned onlookers.") Raymond gets a 2-year deal with a $2.55 million cap hit. Jason Botchford reports that the Canucks were seeing Ryan Callahan(notes) money ($2.3 million) while Raymond's reps were seeking Ryane Clowe(notes) money ($3.625 million). Good move for the 'Nucks. [Province]

• Love these from J.P.: The Mock Arbitration of Tomas Fleischmann(notes) of the Washington Capitals. Is he a $3.15 million a year player? [Japers' Rink]

• Asked within this review of Ryan Getzlaf's(notes) season: Is it time for him to wear the ‘C' for the Anaheim Ducks? [OC Register]

• If you've not seen it, ESPN's list of stadium vendors with critical health code violations will make you spit out your $7 hot dog into your $10 beer. As MSG, inspectors found "53 mouse excreta" at one stand. Yet Nassau Coliseum had zero critical violations! [Via Copper and Blue, which noted Canada's dirtiest arena; more from Snapshots]

• The original plan for the Tampa Bay Lightning was to have a CEO before they had a GM and a coach. So after hiring a GM and a coach, the Bolts appear ready to announce Tod Leiweke, "the long-time Chief executive officer of the NFL's Seahawks" as their new CEO and, according to Adam Schefter of NFL Network, part owner. Great front-office offseason for Tampa. [Lightning Strikes]

• Loge and balcony season tickets are sold out for the Bruins. The Nathan Horton(notes) Effect, ladies and gentlemen! [Bruins]

• Checking on some of the names still available at this point in unrestricted free agency. Paul Kariya(notes), where art thou? [From The Rink]

• Rudy Kelly doesn't believe that Tomas Kaberle(notes) is a good fit for the Los Angeles Kings, so what are their other defensive options? [Battle of California]

Phoenix Coyotes brawler and Twitter legend Paul Bissonnette(notes) announced on his Facebook page that these shirts will be available on Saucehockey.com for around $20 a pop, with some proceeds going to a homeless shelter in Phoenix. [Facebook, via Puck Buddy Leila A.]

• Why the Toronto Maple Leafs can make the playoffs. Here, let us help: Because they play in the East. The End. [THN]

• NHL.com presents seven players primed for a breakout season, including Peter Mueller(notes) with the Colorado Avalanche and Colin Wilson(notes) with the Nashville Predators. We predict the majority of these players will not, in fact, break out. [NHL]

• Meanwhile, Mile High Hockey takes a critical look at whether the Avs would have been better off with Wojtek Wolski(notes) over Mueller. [MHH]

Jaroslav Spacek(notes) of the Montreal Canadiens on the album everyone should own: "I don't know which album in particular, but definitely Bon Jovi as an artist. I also like a lot of Czech music, but no one here knows those songs. At least everyone knows who Bon Jovi is." [Canadiens]

• Great breakdown of the stakes if Matt Moulson(notes) ends up going to arbitration. [Lighthouse Hockey]

New York Islanders player PA Parenteau's(notes) biggest per peeve: "Whenever someone speaks very, very loudly in public." Yet he'd have dinner with Julia Roberts, with that laugh. [Islanders]

• Finally, it's been 30 years since the New York Islanders won the Stanley Cup for the first time, and this is what it looked like on local television (via Islanders Army):

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