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NHL Rumors II: Panthers, Flyers, Maple Leafs, Penguins and Avs

  • The Fourth Period: The Panthers are hoping to re-sign pending RFAs Dmitry Kulikov and Eric Gudbranson, as well as pending UFA Tom Gilbert. Gilbert and the Panthers will talk about an extension before July 1st. The Panthers have already had trade talks involving Kulikov before the deadline, and could revisit those if they can’t get him locked up.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is doing all he can to keep pending UFA Andrew MacDonald with the team. MacDonald has enjoyed his time with the Flyers.

    “I’m not going to comment on anything that is ongoing,” Holmgren told the Daily News yesterday. “It just doesn’t make any sense [to comment]. We’d like to get something done. We want to sign him.”

    “I like what I see so far. It’s been great,” MacDonald said. “From an organizational standpoint, the team has been competitive. As a player, that’s all you can ask. That and to make you feel welcome. I’ve been really happy. We’ll see if something can get done here.”

    Money could become an issue. MacDonald would be one of the top Dmen available on July 1st. The Flyers will likely need to pay market price or higher for him. He turned down a four year, $16 million from the Islanders before he was traded at the deadline.

  • Sam Carchidi: MacDonald said that his agent and GM Paul Holmgren have been talking contract extension.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Randy Carlyle’s future as the Leafs coach won’t be determined quickly. GM Dave Nonis knew before he signed his five-year extension with the Leafs last year that it was possible that they would bring in another senior executive. Nonis may wait and see what other coaches come available after the season, possibilities include: Barry Trotz, John Tortorella, Kirk Muller, Dan Bylsma and Peter DeBoer. The Leafs and Dave Bolland’s camp don’t appear to be close. Bolland may be looking for an eight year deal in the $5 million range. Thought is that he won’t get that anywhere. A deal in the five year range and closer to the $4.2 million that Tyler Bozak makes, makes more sense. The Leafs would like Bolland back, but only at a reasonable price. Nonis will have to decide if he wants to bring pending UFAs Nikolai Kulemin and Jay McClement back. James Reimer will most likely ask to be traded, but it may not be easily made.
  • Josh Yohe of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Penguins Tomas Vokoun is in the AHL on a conditioning assignment is not sure if he’ll be called up to backup Marc-Andre Fleury. It could also be his last season playing hockey.

    “That’s up to the coaches,” Vokoun said. “When we talked back in January, I told them I’m open-minded. Regardless of what happened, I was 90 percent sure it was going to be my last season anyway.”

  • Chris Johnston: Leafs GM Dave Nonis is expected to remain GM after the hiring of Brendan Shanahan as team president.
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”If Shanahan goes in and fires Carlyle then he should just fire Nonis too. If that’s the way then Nonis is just a puppet” … ”Nonis will not be a puppet. That’s not his style. There is a fighter there that I don’t think people realize.”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: The people that I’ve spoken to have told me that it’s Patrick Roy making the decisions there”

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NHL Rumors: Devils, Islanders, Blues, Jets, Maple Leafs, Gilmour and the Bruins

  • Randy Miller of It’s very likely the Devils will make a strong attempt to sign Cory Schneider to a long-term contract. His deal expires after next season. If they are not able to sign him to an extension, they could look to trade him before the start of next season and possibly re-sign Martin Brodeur.  Schneider has said he’s not sure if he’d sign an extension this summer if an offer was fair or if he’d rather play out next season. Miller spoke with Schneider’s agent, Mike Liut. (many questions/answers in link above)

    Q: That sounds like you might think Schneider playing out his contract could be the better route.

    Liut: We don’t know what New Jersey’s thinking. Let’s not be presumptuous. When I get into these conversations with writers, the one thing that scares me is it comes off that Cory is presumptuously deciding today that is what it’s going to be and we’re making decisions. We don’t have anything. We have a clean slate. To say that we haven’t made any decisions would be to overstate our position. There’s no offer.”

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Evgeni Nabokov would like to continue playing for the Islanders. The Islanders and Nabokov’s camp won’t talk until after the season. He could do a one-year deal. The Isles may look to acquire a young but experience goalie to be their No. 1 next year.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Blues Derek Roy likely won’t be back next year and they could use the $4 million that will be off the books to attempt re-sign Ryan Miller. The Jets may look to deal either Evander Kane or Dustin Byfuglien to shake up their core.
  • David Pagnotta: Pagnotta thinks that trade talks involving Jets Evander Kane will pick up this offseason. The Jets will look to retool.
  • Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun: Talk of whether or not Evander Kane will be with the Jets next year has begun again. He has been in the rumor for years, dating back to 2011 and a potential deal with the Flyers. Other teams have also been part of the rumors. It’s not known if Kane has asked for a trade. Kane carries a $5.25 million cap hit for the next four seasons. The Jets could keep Kane and hope that he matures both on and off the ice. The Jets could also tire of the situation and move him like the Bruins did with Tyler Seguin.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Go down the list, Nonis may be looking to dangle some guys like Lupul. Maybe he needs to shake up the core to help Bolland” … ”I think there is a strong appetite for Leaf fans, and there should be, to bring back Dave Bolland
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Maybe we need to start talking about likes of Lupul, Phaneuf, go down the list. Some of these guys that have been unable to deliver” … ”Maybe they [players mentioned in previous tweet] should be part of the discussion of change?”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”McClement for the most part has been a good player for the Leafs & mgmt will want him back.” … ”Raymond too, but you won’t get that guy back for $1 mill. He’ll be $2.5-$3.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I think the Leafs believe they have players in the AHL that can step in and fill Kulemin’s role”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”If I’m Nonis I’m worried. Sure I can fire the coach, but would a new guy fire up and ignite this bunch?” … ”Leiweke said to me, a few months back, that he was very supportive of hockey ops and would stay away”
  • Murray Pam: Agent Darryl Wolski is reporting that Doug Gilmour is leaving the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) to coach Lev Praha of the KHL.
  • Matt Kalman: Bruins coach Claude Julien will rest players this week. All players will travel with the team.
  • CapGeek: There will be quite a few teams that will have bonus overages this year that will be carried over to next year. The Bruins will likely have the biggest cap penalty.

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NHL Rumors: Brodeur, Maple Leafs FAs and Coaches, and Jones

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Martin Brodeur is “80 percent sure” that he’ll play next season and hasn’t ruled out remaining with the Devils.

    “I’m not closing (the door) here at all,” Brodeur told The Star-Ledger. “It will be a decision I’ll make after offers are brought to me. It might be July 1st or it might be way after July 1st.

    “It all depends on what is on the table, whether it’s in New Jersey or somewhere else. I’m open-minded about it. I’m looking for specific things some teams probably can’t give me. And that’s understandable at my age. But if I feel I can play and people want me, we’ll see.”

    Brodeur’s requirements:

    “I’m not going to sit more than I sit this year. That’s not something I want,” Brodeur said. “If I come back, it’s not a question of money. It’s because I still love it and I still enjoy the game.

    “And I want to be in a position to have another shot (at winning), no matter what role I’m in. To me it would seem empty to leave without having a chance of winning something. Hopefully it will be this year and that will change a lot about my decision and what I’m going to do in my future.”

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “When you look at the 4 UFAs that the Leafs will key on are Bolland, McClement, Kulemin & Raymond” … “Bolland still identifies for me the identity that this team will play with.” … “It’s up to Bolland does he chase the dollars that will pay him $5 million elsewhere? That’s up to him” … “The only given that stays of those 4 UFAs is McClement and that’s only if Carlyle stays because of the appreciation RC has for him”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “How do you replace a man like Carlyle? Is there anyone better out there than Carlyle? Are Trotz or Laviolette better than him?” … “Do the Leafs look at Steve Spott or Luke Richardson? Those are drastic moves”
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators Seth Jones thinks he could be ready to return on Friday.

    “It’s a process. You think you’re good, and the brain will tell you otherwise sometimes,” Jones said. “There are steps that are required to come back and I’m kind of in the midst of those right now.”

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Afternoon Hits: Neuvirth, Kane, Talbot, Franson, Dubinsky, Nabokov, Laich, Sens, Wild, Canes and Hawks

  • Katie Carrera: The Capitals put Michal Neuvirth on the IR with a right leg injury.
  • Ken Wiebe: Jets Evander Kane remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
  • Katie Strang: Rangers goalie Cam Talbot the first goalie off the ice this morning, let the controversy begin.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Cody Franson and Jay McClement didn’t practice today. David Alter: Coach Randy Carlyle said both are options for tomorrow.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky practiced this morning and could play tomorrow.
  • Arthur Staple: Islanders Brian Strait and Evgeni Nabokov were on the ice this morning. It is the first time that both have skated since their injuries.
  • Adam Vingan: Capitals Brooks Laich will miss his third straight game with a lower body injury.
  • Ian Mendes: The Senators recalled Mike Hoffman and returned Mark Borowiecki and Derek Grant to the AHL.
  • Michael Russo: Wild lines: Parise-Koivu-Pominville; Nino-Coyle-Heatley; Cooke-Brodziak-Mitchell; Haula/Rupp-Konopka-Fontaine.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Skinner-E. Staal-Ruutu, Tlusty-J. Staal-Westgarth, Gerbe-Nash-Lindholm, Bowman-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • ESPN Chicago: Blackhawks lines: Sharp-Toews-Hossa, Saad-Handzus-Kane, Versteeg-Pirri-Shaw, Bollig-Kruger-Smith.

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VIDEO: Hockey Night in Canada’s Hotstove and Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner – Nov. 23rd

Hockey Night in Canada: Panel talking about the Winter Classic and Board of Governors. The Maple Leafs have begun talks with Jay McClement and Dave Bolland. If Dion Phaneuf get the term he wants, he may have to take a little less money. Reports of the Flames talking to teams regarding Mikael Backlund appear to be true. The Flames will likely adopt Brian Burke’s early Christmas roster freeze. Friedman thinks the Senators and Rangers have talked about Michael Del Zotto, but doesn’t think talks may be going anywhere. Doesn’t think Ales Hemsky to the Senators works because of his money. Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle watched the Hurricanes this week, maybe Tim Gleason. A John-Michael Liles for Tim Gleason deal may not work, may have to add another piece.

Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner:

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Afternoon Hits: Forsberg, OEL, Morris, Miller, Hodgson, Ruutu, Spaling, Latta and McClement

  • Brian Compton: Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Derek Morris both skated this morning and looking like they will play.
  • Mike Harrington: Both Ryan Miller and Cody Hodgson were on the ice at practice this morning.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu skating in a regular practice jersey today.
  • Josh Cooper: Predators Nick Spaling will be out tonight.
  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Jay McClement status for tonight is unclear as his wife is in labour with their first child.

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Do the Leafs plan on moving a center? Luongo talks about moving on … Blues search for Dman, won’t break up core

  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: The Maple Leafs plan on experimenting with James van Riemsdyk at center. Does it mean that they plan on moving making a trade or two involving one of their centers. Last season they used 5 centers: Tyler Bozak, David Steckel, Mikhail Grabovski, Tim Connolly and Matthew Lombardi. Newly signed Jay McClement should be their 3rd line center, with Steckel centering the 4th. Lombardi will see most of the time on the wing. Grabovski will be their 2nd line center. Connolly played some wing last year, and could be playing there this year. Joe Colborne didn’t progress as well as they had hoped last year. Nazem Kadri will likely spend the most time on the wing. Tyler Bozak may be the player who could be part a trade. He would be attractive to some teams as he’ll make $1.5 million season, and a UFA at the end of the year. Shane Doan’s agent said he hasn’t heard from the Maple Leafs. Roberto Luongo in a radio interview:

    “I’m okay with that,” Luongo said. “I had a great six years with Vancouver. Unfortunately, I was not able to bring a Stanley Cup, which is my biggest regret. Florida is definitely one of the spots I would be willing to go to. It’s my home in the off-season and makes sense for family reasons. (But) I have not made any decisions whatsoever. It has to be a place I am comfortable with.”

    Luongo didn’t discuss a trade to the Leafs, but seemed open to the idea of going to Chicago.

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues had some interest in Matt Carle and Jason Garrison. The Blues will now explore the trade market, and are thought to have some interest in Jay Bouwmeester and Keith Yandle. Teams could ask them for a package that could include a top 6 forward, but GM Armstrong said he wouldn’t move anyone from his core.

    “One of the things that this new system has created is you see after a while rob Peter pay Paul,” he said. “If you have a hole, you create another hole to do it. I would rather do it with draft picks if I could. That’s what I tried to do at the entry draft.”

    The Blues have assets like Jaden Schwartz and Ty Rattie, and an extra 2nd round pick this year.

    “I’d like to try that moving forward, try doing it with non-rostered players if possible because I like our group of forwards but I don’t think we have an excessive amount in any one position,” Armstrong said. “If we can do it with spending a little bit of our future, I think we’re in a spot to do that because of the great work by our amateur scouting staff and Larry Pleau and John Davidson of gaining all of these assets right now. I think our cupboard is fairly stocked that we could go a year if necessary without a pick or two.”

    Armstrong didn’t rule out the possibility of going with Barret Jackman, Kris Russel and Ian Cole on the left side.

    “Right now, we’re comfortable with Jackman, Russell (and) Cole,” Armstrong said. “If we can add to that group we will. We don’t believe it’s prudent to go out and do something just to add a player. We want to make sure it’s the right player. We think we have some depth in our organization. But that is one area that if we can improve it, more likely now will be a trade than anything, we’ll look at doing.

    “But if not, I am satisfied we can start with that group that we have back there and then if we do stub our toe or stumble, we’ll have to get very aggressive in the trading market if necessary. But right now, if this is the group we go to training camp with, this is the group we go to training camp with.”

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Gustavsson this years Mike Smith? Canucks file “cutdown” with Raymond … Hudler will draw interest … Devils UFAs … Glass close

  • Craig Custance via twitter: There will be interest in UFA goalie Jonas Gustavsson. One executive suggested he could be this year’s Mike Smith is he signs with the right team.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Canucks have filed “cutdown” arbitration with forward Mason Raymond. His qualifying offer is $2.6 million, so his salary can’t drop more than to $2.21 million if the Canucks win the arbitration case. The Canucks had to file before June 15th. Going through arbitration could give a maximum of a 15% pay cut, less of a pay cut or none at all. Raymond was to be a RFA on July 1st. The Canucks are not able to walkaway from the arbitration ruling, but they can trade him before or after the ruling.
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Red Wings have had some discussion with UFA Jiri Hudler. He likes the city and team, but could be highly sought after if he hits the open market. Hudler’s 50 point season could get him a contract similar or more than David Jones’s 4 year, $16 million.
  • Todd Cordell via facebook: Bryce Salvador’s agent, Carlos Sosa, said he won’t disclose any information regarding negotiations or contract extension talks at this time.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Petr Sykora hopes he’s able to re-sign with the Devils.

    “You never know what’s going to happen, but I think I had a good enough season to come back here next year,” said Sykora, who signed a one-year contract for $650,000 after training camp. “I’m going to do my best. I felt that I did my best during the regular season. I don’t know. Twenty goals, Stanley Cup Finals, I hope it’s going to work out.”

    Johan Hedberg may be interested in coming back to the Devils next year as well.

    “I have no idea what will happen,” Hedberg said. “I haven’t spoken to Lou (Lamoriello) about anything. I want to wait and see what his thoughts and plans are and then go from there. I had a lot of fun this year, plenty of fun, and feel like I’ve got some more hockey next year.”

  • Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun: The Jets and Tanner Glass are getting close on a deal.

    “Not quite there, yet, but definitely talking. I’d say we’re at 80%-85% (done),” Glass told the Winnipeg Sun Wednesday. “We both want to get it done, so that’s the main thing.”

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Carter’s return unknown … Boychuk injured … Jones wants to stay … Selanne to know by July 1st … Milbury’s Crosby comments

  • Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: When Kings forward Jeff Carter will be able to return is still not known. According to GM Dean Lombardi, Carter’s ankle is going to be sore for a while. Ideally the Kings would like to keep Carter off the ice until the playoffs start, but they are still no guaranteed a spot.
  • Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald: Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk had to be helped off the ice as he appeared to injury his left knee. He was seen limping around after the game, but was at least walking on his own. More will be known today.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche forward David Jones doesn’t know if he’ll be back with the team next season. Jones will be a UFA, and despite wanting to sign an extension by now, the Avs rarely do contracts in-season.

    “It’s unfortunate they don’t do any of their signings during a season,” Jones said Tuesday, the Avs’ fourth consecutive day without a game. “Which is fine, and just something you have to adjust to. But you can’t really think about that too much right now. We still have games to play and have a hope we can make the playoffs.”

    Jones currently makes $2.5 million and could get a deal in the $ to $4 million range. Jay McClement will also be a UFA and would like to return but added “it’s out of my hands.”

  • Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun: Despite not being close to 100%, Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will play out the season. Ondrej Pavelec and Evander Kane are both RFAs at the end of the year. “Not really. I’m just focusing on finishing the season strong,” the goaltender said. “There’s going to be a lot of time to think about it.”
  • Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash doesn’t know if he’ll play for Team Canada at the World Championships due to his “bumps and bruises.”
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: There is nothing new on Ducks Justin Schultz’s situation, and sources are saying there won’t be any decision for awhile. Schultz plans to remain in school to finish the year.
  • Jeff Miller of the OC Register: The Ducks competitiveness for next season will play a part in whether Teemu Selanne will return for another season.

    “The good thing is the Ducks don’t have to do much (in the offseason),” Selanne insisted despite the team missing the playoffs. “That’s always very important to me. I’m going to see (general manager) Bob (Murray) after the season to get his view about this team and the future.”

    If Selanne is going to retire, he said he will let the team know by July 1st.

  • Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun: The Oilers have 10 pending free agents, 7 are restricted. It’s unlikely that Linus Omark will be back next year. Since he’s a RFA, they will likely have to qualify him before trying to trade him. If the Oilers draft Mikahil Grigorenko and bring in Anton Lander, they may look to trade Eric Belanger and his $2 million salary. The Oils will have to make a decision on Darcy Hordichuk. Ryan Smyth situation remain in question. Goalie Devan Dubnyk is one of their RFAs.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN (mailbag): The Wild need to find some offense going forward. The Wild will go after Zach Parise if he hits the open market, but will be joined by the Red Wings, Rangers and others. The Flames aren’t interested in a “Edmonton-style rebuild,” but there will be changes. LeBrun thinks the Flames need to sit down with Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff and have “The Chat.” LeBrun doesn’t think Dion Phaneuf is not captain material and their top 6 forwards are too small. They need a #1 goalie, #1 center and some spare parts. Ducks GM Bob Murray has some big offseason decisions to make regarding his core group. LeBrun doesn’t think they should trade Ryan Getzlaf as they’d spend the next decade trying to replace him.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Mike Milbury’s comments about Sidney Crosby:”Little goody two-shoes [Crosby] goes into the corner and gives a shot to [Brayden] Schenn,” Milbury said. “Schenn was late to the party, he should have turned around and drilled him right away, but I guess better late than never. So you know, Crosby gets cross-checked, big whoop. He said after he came back from his 35th concussion, ‘I’m not going to do this anymore, I’m not going to get into these scrums, I’m going to stay away from that stuff.’ He couldn’t help himself because there’s a little punk in Crosby. He’s not the perfect gentleman. He’s not the sweet kid you see in interviews with his hat pulled down over his eyes. I’d say screw him, hit him.”

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Phillips re-signs with Sens … Richards likely staying … Likely no extension/trade for MacArthur … NHL Sources Say Video

  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Ottawa Senators and Chris Phillips have agreed to a 3 year contract worth approximately $9 million.
  • Damian Cox via twitter: Brad Richards is likely staying in Dallas. Clarke MacArthur is unlikely to re-sign with the Leafs by the deadline, but also unlikely to be traded.
  • Tim Sassone via twitter: Blackhawks looking for a center, they have scouted O’Reilly and McClement of the Avalanche.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Blue Jackets are interested in John-Michael Liles, and sources say he’d waive his no trade clause for Blue Jackets. Elliotte Friedman via twitter, responding to Portzline saying Liles has a list of 12 teams that he’d waive his no trade clause for, and Friedman doesn’t think that Columbus is on that list. If there is a potential deal, they can always ask.
  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: James Reimer left in the 2nd period for precautionary reasons with neck stiffness and a slight headache, will be reevaluated tomorrow.
  • NHL Sources Say: “The Hockeycentral Panel discusses Chris Phillips, Brad Richards, Dustin Penner, Ales Hemsky, Stephen Weiss and John-Michael Liles.”

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Blues send Johnson and 1st to Colorado for Stewart, Shattenkirk and a 2nd

Andy Strickland of True Hockey: The St. Louis Blues have traded former 1st overall pick Erik Johnson, Jay McClement, and a conditional 1st round pick to the Colorado Avalanche for Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk, and a conditional 2nd round pick.

“Kevin Shattenkirk has unbelievable vision and passing ability. Has a chance to develop into one of the top offensive D-men in the league. Chris Stewart tells me he already is one of the best offensive defenseman in the NHL. His ability to read plays is similar to what we see from Alex Pietrangelo.”

“For one reason or another Johnson hasn’t progressed the way he or the organization had hoped this season. Johnson had fit in nicely with the St. Louis sports scene and was instantly made a star before he ever put a Blues jersey on. The expectations were through the roof and it became obvious the pressure was mounting. Missing an entire ear with an ACL injury two years ago certainly was tough to overcome.”

Bob McKenzie via twitter: The condition on the 1st round pick that Colorado receives is that if it’s a top 10 in 2011, it will become a 2012 1st round pick. The condition on the 2nd round pick that St. Louis receives is that if the 1st round pick rolls over to the 2012, so does the 2nd round pick.

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