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February 17 2017 05:00AM

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The Leafs are in on every trade rumor, Canucks taking calls, Nyqvist somehow only gets 6 games, the Jets still have holes, Flames aren't sure if they are buying or selling but March-Andre Fleury is not the answer in net, breaking down the potential moves in the Pacific and Central divisions and plenty more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Watch the Game Episode 27: Claude, The Canadien with Marc Dumont

Watch The Game Podcast
February 16 2017 03:54PM

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Sam has Managing Editor of Habs Eyes on the Prize, Marc Dumont on to talk about the Montreal Canadiens. They talk about Claude Julien, Max Pacioretty, Paul Byron, Andrew Shaw, Carey Price and Alex Galchenyuk. They also try to figure out what the team's expectations are for this year. 

Get into it!

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Why Rick Nash could be a deadline fit for the Maple Leafs

Jeff Veillette
February 16 2017 02:17PM

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Last night, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet made reference to a certain angle that the Toronto Maple Leafs might take at this year's trade deadline; specifically, the idea that they take on some short-term salary from a more competitive team in an attempt to get some asset windfall out of the transaction. The Leafs, of course, aren't far off from the cap ceiling themselves, but if they're not too worried about seeing a little bit of overage from rookie bonuses spill into next year's totals, they could activate up to $13.5 million in Long-Term Injured Reserve buffer via Nathan Horton, Joffrey Lupul, and Stephane Robidas. Here's how Johnston put it in a follow-up piece this afternoon:

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Top to Bottom — Trade Deadline Edition: Central Division

Cam Lewis
February 16 2017 07:00AM

This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner. 

The decline of both the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars coupled with the Chicago Blackhawks likely being trigger shy due to multiple years of buying at the deadline has given the Minnesota Wild a perfect opportunity to thrust themselves to the top of the Central Division standings. Their biggest competition has been the underachieving Nashville Predators, who are one piece away from being a legitimate contender. And that piece could be held by the worst team in the division, the Colorado Avalanche. 

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Fire, Brimstone and Milan Lucic

Jonathan Willis
February 15 2017 10:30AM

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The lack of secondary scoring from the Edmonton Oilers has been a story all season, one with many authors. Old standbys Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have earned scorn. Benoit Pouliot appears to be utterly lost. Big-name free agent acquisition Milan Lucic has been a disappointment.

Of the four of them, there isn’t any question as to which player’s poor season should be the most terrifying for the Oilers. It’s that of Lucic, who seems to be imploding at 5-on-5 just as he enters the first year of a buyout-proof forever contract.

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