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• This headline thing is going up as Dave Pagnotta and I are doing the podcast. Please call in at 646-929-1165 between 12:30 pm. EST and 1 p.m. if you want to chat. The player and an archive of the chat is here.

• We're nearing the trade deadline, which is when our friend Lyle "Spector" Richardson becomes an essential read. Check out his analysis today on why the Florida Panthers may not deal Jay Bouwmeester, why the New Jersey Devils will not be acquiring Ed Jovanovski and why disgruntled Nashville Predators defenseman Ville Koistinen could help the team with his trade request. [Spector]

• The NHL's European Vacations next season are set, which you would have already known if you read George Richards last week. From the NHL: The Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers will play home-and-home games Friday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3, in Helsinki, Finland, at Hartwall Areena. On those same dates, the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues will play a home-and-home series at Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Patrik Berglund must be beside himself; the rest of the Blues, probably not so much. [NHL]

Nicklas Lidstrom is so happy about this NHL promotional opportunity, he may just show up for it. [Snapshots]

Thomas Vanek of the Buffalo Sabres believes that the 3-4 week timetable for his return from a fractured jaw may be "overly optimistic." Uh-oh. [Buffalo News]

• Speaking of jaws: "The Ottawa Senators push for a playoff spot has taken a blow, as Daniel Alfredsson is out of the lineup with a fractured jaw." Wait, what push for a playoff spot is that again? The one that would require them to go 25-0-1 the rest of the way? [Sportsnet]

• Great column by Craig Custance of The Sporting News, chronicling the biggest disappointments in the NHL this season. The Pittsburgh Penguins top the list, the Tampa Bay Lightning somehow don't take up the following nine spots on their own. [Sporting News]

• Breaking down the rest of the Penguins' schedule, including three potential season-saving contests against the Florida Panthers before the end. [The Confluence]

• Fabulous little profile of the oft-traveled Stephane Yelle of the Boston Bruins by Matt Kalman. Said Andrew Ference of his apparently hilarious teammate: "We call him a giant, wooden spoon. He just likes to stir the pot and then kind of get out of there once the water's moving around." [Bruins Blog]

• We can't figure out why Todd Bertuzzi would be a marked man. Any guesses? [Sun Media]

• The brutal honesty of Ron Wilson and Brian Burke. [Leafs]

• Answer: Kimmo Timonen, Ryan Parent, Braydon Coburn, Matt Carle, Randy Jones and Andrew Alberts. Question: Who are the defensemen Philadelphia Flyers Coach John Stevens claims he's cool with as his blueline going forward? Good luck to you, sir. [Philly.com]

• Hey Flyers fans ... why not put on some Bully Cologne? Mmmmm is that Orest Kindrachuk I smell? [The 700 Level]

• Are the San Jose Sharks a tougher team under Todd McLellan? [Inside Hockey]

• The Globe & Mail continues its occasional multi-part series hoping for the demise of the Phoenix Coyotes, and one Coyotes blog has had about enough. [Five For Howling]

• Finally, Dave from The Zambonis is also the MC for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. Glen Hansard is the lead singer of The Frames and the star of "Once," which is a Puck Daddy approved movie if there ever was one. This is what happens when minor league arena fun meets Styx.

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