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Free Agent Hits: Lundqvist, Hurricanes, Red Wings, Raymond, Leighton and Tokarski

  • Will Sammon of Newsday: Rangers Henrik Lundqvist on contract extension talks.

    “We’re talking,” Lundqvist said. “The good thing, though, is that we have another year so there’s no pressure to get it done. But we’re definitely talking, and we’ll see where it leads. So far it’s been a great time in New York and I don’t see any reasons to leave.”

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Lundqvist is likely to get a deal between $8.25 and $9.5 million on an eight-year deal.

    “If we can find a solution, it’s no secret that this is where I want to be; I’m not thinking about free agency at all,” said Lundqvist, who hit the ice with a half-dozen teammates after returning to New York from Sweden on Sunday. “The way the organization has treated me, the way that our team has played over the last few years, the way I feel about New York City, this is definitely the place I want to be.

    “But we do have a few things we have to talk about.”

    “Ideally, of course it would be nice to have everything in place by the time the season starts [on Oct. 3], but at the same time, it’s not a must,” Lundqvist said. “My agent [Don Meehan] is going to be handling it all until I have to be involved at the end, so I am going to be able to focus mentally on playing without the contract being a distraction.

  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said they are still talking with a couple free agents, but as for signing one of them, ”I don’t know which way we will go.”
  • Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: The Red Wings had made contract offers to Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner before free agency started, but they both wanted bigger deals. GM Ken Holland has talked with the Gustav Nyquist’s reps a lot in the past few weeks and the sides are close on a one or two-year deal.
  • David Pagnotta: Michael Leighton signed with Donbass of the KHL for round $1.335 million.

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Sunday Morning Hits: CBA, Malkin, Benn, Glencross, Gunnarsson, Steen, Tarasenko, Backlund, Leighton and Hedberg

  • Eric Macramalla via twitter: The NHL and NHLPA have agreed on a final draft of the CBA. It has been sent to all NHLPA agents and members. It is subject to minor modifications.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins via twitter: Evgeni Malkin suffered an upper-body injury, not a head injury. He was kept out of the last part of the 3rd period and OT for precautionary reasons.
  • Calgary Flames via twitter: Flames Curtis Glencross missed last night’s game with an upper-body injury. He’s returning to Calgary today to be re-evaluated.
  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Maple Leafs Carl Gunnarssonexpects his hip issue to linger all season.

    “It’s good,” he told TSN.ca before Saturday’s game. “It’s tough playing back-to-backs and all that, [but] it’s actually been better than I thought. It’s going in the right direction every day here. It’s getting better actually.”

  • Calgary Flames via twitter: The Flames activate Mikael Backlund from the IR and assigned Sven Baertschi to Abbotsford of the AHL.

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Quick Hits: DiPietro thought of suicide, Rask’s contract, Caps claim Volpatti, Three others to waivers, Realignment concerns

3:50 PM

  • New York Islanders: Islanders GM Garth Snow on Rick DiPietro’s comments:

    “We are aware of Rick’s comments today and the severity of them. We will handle them internally as we do with all player matters. This is an opportunity for Rick to play lots of games in Bridgeport.”

3:45 PM

  • Brett Cyrgalis via twitter: “Rick DiPietro on report that he has contemplated suicide: “100 percent” facetious in his interview with @KMaherNews12 #Context” … “DP: “I’m just trying to bring light to fact of how important my wife has been. It’s been a trying last couple years.” … “DP: “There have been times that I’ve been depressed, and I don’t know where I’d be without the support of my wife.” .. “DP didn’t make fun of suicide, instead told @KMaherNews12 how important his wife was to him, and w/o her, “I might have driven into a tree.”

3:05 PM

  • Kevin Maher via twitter: Islanders Rick DiPietro said that with the Isles waiving him felt like: ”they ripped my heart out, stabbed it, set it on fire and flushed it down the toilet.” … “DiPietro also admitted injuries, losing and fan hatred over the past 3 years made him think about killing himself at one point.”
  • Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston: Bruins Tuukka Rask will be a free agent at the end of the season and there is nothing new to report on it.

    “I don’t know, probably not,” Rask said after the team’s practice Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena. “I haven’t heard anything too crazy, yet, but we’ll see. Good thing I don’t have to talk to the GM, I’ve got an agent for that.”

    Rask signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract last summer and will be inline for a raise.

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Capitals claim Aaron Volpatti off waivers from the Canucks. The Flyers put Michael Leighton and Tom Sestito on waivers. The Stars put Tom Wandell on waivers.
  • Ryan Rishaug via twitter: The Oilers were one of several teams that put a claim in on Volpatti. Capitals were lower in the standings, therefore got him.
  • Frank Seravalli via twitter: Seravalli is heading the Oilers could be interested in claiming Tom Sestito off waivers from the Flyers.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: “Told #CBJ would fight like hell if plan is changed to send Detroit to the Eastern Conference and keep #CBJ in Western Conference. In that scenario, NHL realignment would only make matters worse for #CBJ. Travel just as bad, and now they’ve lost only big opponent draw.” Darren Dreger via twitter: “I believe the NHL will fight like “hell” to keep the proposal as is with Det and CBJ moving east. But, imbalance is an issue.”

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Injury notes: Hartnell, Leighton, Green, Samuelsson, Datsyuk, Franzen, Lehtonen and starting goalies

  • Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers Scott Hartnell skated on Friday but there is no change to his 4 to 8 week timetable. He met with doctors on Friday. It’s been 3 weeks since he broke a bone in his foot. Michael Leighton is 7 to 10 days away from returning from an upper-body injury.
  • George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: Red Wings Mikael Samuelsson will return to the lineup today after missing the last 12 games. The odds of Pavel Datsyuk returning today are greater than 50%. He missed Friday’s game with a bruised shoulder. Johan Franzen was placed on the IR yesterday with a hip flexor. Petr Mrazek will start in net today for the Wings.
  • Randy Sportak via twitter: The Flames have re-assisgned goalie Leland Irving and recalled Danny Taylor from Abbotsford of the AHL.

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Injury notes: Halak, Byfuglien, Bogosian, Letang, Leighton, Zubrus, Hunwick and Kesler

  • Ed Tait via twitter: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has been out the last 5 games with a lower-body injury, but said yesterday that he is ready to get back into the lineup. Defenseman Zach Bogosian is also close to returning.

    “We want to make sure we give him an opportunity to succeed, that’s the first thing,” said Noel of Bogosian. “It’ll be a day-to-day decision with him. I know what you’re going to ask me: ‘Will he be in the game Tuesday?’ I can’t answer that question today. I don’t know if it’s enough time yet and I’d have to check with the medical people to see how he responds tomorrow to practice and go from there.

    “I think his conditioning level is pretty good, that’s not going to be the issue. It’s more of the risk and how sore it is and how flexible (his wrist) is.”

  • Shelly Anderson via twitter: The Penguins have put defenseman Kris Letang on the IR retroactive to the Islanders game to make room for Joe Morrow.
  • Adam Kimelman via twitter: The Flyers have put goalie Michael Leighton on the IR with an upper-body injury and recalled Brian Boucher.
  • Rich Chere via twitter: Devils Lou Lamoriello on Dainius Zubrus’ injury: ”Upper body. Nothing yet on him until he is re-evaluated.”
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Avalanche Matt Hunwick (torso) didn’t practice yesterday and won’t play tonight. Barrie is back in.
  • Farhan Lalji via twitter: Canucks Ryan Kesler said he ”can see the light at the end of the tunnel” and that his return to the lineup is ”just around the corner.”

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Afternoon notes on Alfredsson, Hanzal, Smith, Wolski, Gill, Backstrom, Asham, Moore, Leighton and Shaw’s 3 game suspension video

  • Ian Mendes via twitter: Senators Daniel Alfredsson had a setback yesterday afternoon. He’ll be evaluated tomorrow.
  • Chris Kuc via twitter: Coyotes Martin Hanzal and Mike Smith will be game time decisions. Lauri Korpikoski will be out.
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Parise-Zajac-Kovalchuk; Sykora-Elias-Zubrus; Ponikarovsky-Henrique-Clarkson; Carter-Gionta-Bernier.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Penguins Arron Asham waived his right to an in-person hearing and will be done by phone at 5:00. He can be suspended for 6 games or more.
  • Blackhawks Andrew Shaw was suspended for 3 games for his hit on Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.

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Shero on Crosby … Flyers goalie and team captaincy situation … Hunter, Kostitsyn, Zyuzin and Frolov notes

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune: From Rossi’s conversation with Penguins GM Ray Shero:

    – On reoccurrence of concussion symptoms during Crosby’s offseason training:

    “I’ve been in touch with Sid’s doctors… (and) Sid this weekend. He’s progressed well this summer. Had some symptoms at different points, depending on how hard he’s pushed himself at different points. Never had to be shut down this summer.”

    – On reports that Crosby will not be ready for start of 2011-12 season:

    “There’s never been a situation where he’s needed to be cleared to play.”

    – On Crosby’s state of mind these days:

    “I think he’s been good. Talking to him this weekend it seemed that way. Beside dealing with this injury he’s our captain, so whenever we’ve signed a player I’ve been in touch with him. That’s been a lot of it in term s of contact with Sid. I haven’t gone to him too much, ‘How you feeling?’”

    “It’s been on an off at this point. He’s happy with his progress. We’re happy with his progress. Training camp is a month away. He’ll be evaluated before then.”

    – On if anything has changed regarding Crosby’s recovery/status/whatnot:

    “No,” Shero said.

    “There are going to be some symptoms with this injury, but nothing where he’s had to shut it down or anything. The main thing with him, or any player, is that he’s not going to be pushed, prodded until he’s 100 percent ready. My concern isn’t with Sept. 16, Oct. 6 or whenever; it’s making sure he’s comfortable when he returns to play, end of story. I’m about the bigger picture with this thing.”

  • Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post: On where Flyers goalie Michael Leighton will play next year:

    “It’s August,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “I don’t have to answer that. Training camp is a process you go through, and we’re going to do what’s right for the organization.”

    It’s rumored that Holmgren checked out Sergei Bobrovsky’s trade value before the draft, which could be high. The Capitals got a 1st and 2nd round pick for Semyon Varlamov.

    Leighton added:

    “If there’s a trade somewhere or there’s going to be two veteran guys (Leighton and Bacashihua) in the minors, I don’t know. I just want to come to camp, work hard, and wherever it gets me I’ll accept it.

    “I don’t think it’s worth asking for (a trade). I’m sure (Holmgren) has an idea, but he’s not going to tell me where I’ll be. I just need to get healthy and hope it works out that I get to stay here, play another year and go from there.”

  • Frank Seravalli of hte Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers coach Peter Laviolette on team captaincy:

    “At this point we’re not in any rush to name the captain,” he said. “Once training camp starts and we get everybody back in here (there’s not a lot of accessibility of the players during the summer). Once everybody gets back in here myself and Paul Holmgren will start having discussions and talk about the options that we have in front of us. Then we start talking to the players. I think we’ll get to that point where we do name a captain, but at this point it’s not on the radar in immediate, near future.”

  • Edmonton Journal: Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin finished serving his 15 days in Arizona’s tent city jail for drunk driving. He still has 15 days to serve under house arrest with a electronic monitoring bracelet.
  • Eric Stephens via twitter: The agent of Trent Hunter said “a number of teams showing interest” but he’s still undecided on where he’ll  play this year. Todd Cordell via twitter: Cordell wouldn’t be surprised if Hunter signed with the Ducks who may be looking for 3rd/4th line depth.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Andrei Zyuzin’s agent has told the SovSport that they have received 2 offers from NHL teams, he wouldn’t name them.

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50/50 Lightning re-sign Roloson by July 1 … Souray likely to be bought out … Ramsey awaiting coaching decision … Versteeg could be Flyers easiest move

  • Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Erlendsson thinks there is a 50/50 chance the Lightning re-sign Dwayne Roloson before July 1st, and a 30/70 chance they re-sign Mike Smith. He also doesn’t see the Lightning spending big money on a goaltender instead of re-signing Roloson.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Sheldon Souray’s agent hasn’t heard from the Oilers if they will be buying Souray out or not, but it’s likely to happen. Next Wednesday is the first day teams can buyout players, the buyout window lasts 2 weeks. Souray has a $4.5 million salary and $5.4 million cap hit.
  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Winnipeg coach Craig Ramsey still doesn’t know if he’ll be heading north to coach the team. “They asked for the weekend and then said they’d call,” Ramsay said Friday afternoon in a telephone interview. “We’re just waiting on them now. It’s very difficult. It’s not a great thing to be sitting around wondering what’s going on. But that’s where we are and there’s not much I can do about that.”
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: The Canadiens have re-signed Mathieu Darche to a one year, $700,000 contract. Darche scored 12 goals last year, and added 14 assists. The Canadiens now have 12 players under contract for year at about $41 million. They still need to re-sign Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges. Markov will get a deal in the $5-6 million range. Gorges will be looking for a longterm deal.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: RFA Shea Weber had big impact in and out of the lockerroom in Nashville this season.

    It’s clear that the Predators want to re-sign Weber and he wants to return to Nashville. The question is for how much money and how many years. At age 25, and already a Norris candidate, Weber could command a hefty payday, possibly in between $6.5 and $7 million per season. Indications are that he and Nashville would like a long-term deal. While a one-year bridge contract to UFA status is a possibility, a contract with more security is likely.

  • Kevin Allen of the USA Today: So with the Flyers needing to clear out salary if/when they sign Ilya Bryzgalov, Allen thinks the easiest player for the Flyers to move would be Kris Versteeg. Versteeg has 1 year left at just over $3 million. Allen thinks the Panthers would be a good fit for Versteeg, who played for GM Dale Tallon in Chicago. Florida could use a forward and are about $30 below the salary cap floor. Matt Carle could also be moved. If Bryzgalov is re-signed, it’s likely that Michael Leighton and his $1.5 million contract would be buried in the minors as he’d be hard to move.

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Sharks hopeful for Clowe … Hejduk re-signs … Weber “It’s going to get done” … Goalie carousel to stop in Philly?

  • Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News: Ryane Clowe did not practice yesterday due to his ‘upper-body injury’ but coach Todd McLellan is hopeful that he can play tonight. He’ll skate this morning, and if he can play, he’ll be in the lineup.
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: Milan Hejduk re-signed with the Avalanche for 1 year and $2.6 million. He can reach $3 million with performance bonuses.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators fans will sleep better now,

    “It’s going to get done,” Weber said Wednesday as players packed up to depart for the offseason. “Obviously, this is a place I love to play, and you saw how close we were this year to getting to the conference finals, and possibly further. This is a place I want to be, and it’s going to be a matter of time before something gets done.”

    “They definitely want to wrap it up before July 1, and we would also, if all things were equal,” Poile said during a season-ending press conference. “Will we be able to sign Shea Weber? The answer is yes.”

    The pending RFA is coming off a 3 year, $13.5 million deal. Weber would like the Preds to add some offense, but the free agent market isn’t strong. Bringing Alex Radulov could be option, GM David Poile still talks with Radulov’s agent, but it’s up to the him to he wants to come back.

    Said Poile: “What Paul said to him today was very simply, ‘You made lots of money. Is money an issue? You’re the leading scorer in the league, your team won a championship. You think you’re one of the best players in the world. Are you going to come over to the best league and show that? Or are you going to stay in a secondary league.’ ”

  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers GM Paul holmgren says that Chris Pronger will have back surgery today on his herniated disc. His surgery has a 95% success rate, and is similar to what Michael Leighton underwent last October. Mike Richards had his wrist surgery and has 4 weeks of rehab. Blair Betts’ rehab for his left pinky finger is 4 weeks as well. Leighton had successful surgery repairing a torn labrum. Andrej Meszaros had surgery to repair torn cartilage and a torn ligament in his wrist.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers chairman Ed Snider made it clear yesterday that the Flyers goaltending carousel will stop.

    “So either one of the goalies we have has to step up in training camp, or we have to make improvements to make sure it happens. But we are never going to go through the goalie issues we’ve gone through in the last couple of years.”

    The Flyers are close to the cap so adding a free agent goalie could be difficult but Snider added,

    “If we trade or go for a goalie [through free agency], we’ll make it work,” he said. “We can make anything work, even with the cap.” Snider did say that Sergei Bobrovsky is the “goalie of the future.”

  • Jeff Klein of hte NY Times: August 1st marks the day that Nassau County residents will vote to approve or reject a $400 million bond issue to build a new arena. $350 million would go towards the arena and $50 million towards a minor league baseball stadium.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Free agent Jason Arnott has said he’d like to remain in Capitals, but will they want to re-sign him? 3 of the last 4 seasons the Capitals have brought in veteran leadership at the trade deadline, but it’s possible the team thinks their younger players should step up.

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Predators off-season notes … 5 Flyers require surgery … Fehr and Leblanc had shoulder surgery … Fasth getting interest

  • Josh Cooper of the Nashville Tennessean: The Predators made it to the 2nd round for the 1st time in franchise history, and will have a busy off-season with 4 UFAs and 5 RFAs. Their biggest challenge will be RFA Shea Weber who’d requires a raise from his current $4.5 million salary. Both sides had agreed during the season to wait until the off-season. One comparable could be Dion Phaneuf’s 6 year, $39 million deal. A starting point could be Brent Seabrook’s 5 year, $29 million contract, but he doesn’t put up the same offensive numbers and doesn’t provide the same leadership. Would they look at trade Weber before July 1st if they feel they can’t get a deal done? Joel Ward is a UFA and proved during the playoffs that he is more valuable than his $1.5 million he made this year. The Predators need to find a ‘game-changing  forward,’ Shea Weber pointed this out on Monday. “That’s obviously up to the front office now, but we have to find a way to generate more goals,” Weber said. “We’re a good defensive team, but that can only get you so far.” Steve Sullivan will likely have to take a pay cut from his $3.75 million if he wants to come back next year. JP Dumont, who has a healthy scratch at times during the 2nd half of the season, is due to make $4 million next year and they could consider buying him out.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals forward Eric Fehr had surgery to repair a torn labrum on his right shoulder. He could be out 4 to 6 months. 2 years ago he had surgery on both his shoulders.

    “When he comes out of the sling, he’ll go through a very specific rehab program intending to get back his motion and strength and the rhythm of the shoulder back,” Shaffer said. “We’ll allow him to start skating two months from the date of the procedure, but return to play will be gradual. He’ll probably be on the ice in training camp but he won’t be in contact, collision situations.”

  • Montreal Gazette: Canadiens prospect Louis Leblanc had arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder on Tuesday and will have 4 to 6 months of rehab. Leblanc was picked 18th overall in the 2009 draft. If the rehab lasts only 4 months, he could be ready for training camp.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports: Friedman thinks that if the Capitals are to shakeup their core, they should only move one of Mike Green or Alexander Semin, but not both.
  • Philadelphia Flyers via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that 5 players will need off-season surgery. Mike Richards and Andrej Meszaros will have wrist surgery. Kris Versteeg will have a stomach muscle procedure, Blair Betts on his finger and Michael Leighton will have hip surgery.

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Zetterberg and Franzen to return … Possible new Ducks for next season … Miller had concussion … Leighton, Nodl and Carter are day-to-day

Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News: With Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen returning from injuries, 2 players will have to be scratched. Mike Modano will likely be a healthy scratch. Kris Draper could be another possibility. Jiri Hudler has played well of late and may keep his spot in the lineup.

Mark Whicker of the OC Register: They list possible players the Ducks may go after this off-season; Joel Ward (Nash), Max Talbot (Pit), Vern Fiddler (Pho), Eric Belanger (Pho), Ville Leino (Phi), Kevin Bieksa (Van), Eric Cole (Car), Alex Tanguay (Cal), Sean Bergenheim (TB), Craig Adams (Pit), Michal Handzus (LA), Mike Rupp (Pit), Patrick Maroon (Phil).

John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres goalie Ryan Miller admitted that his late season injury was a concussion. Vogl’s article also has audio from Miller talking about the season, the future, and their goaltending situation.

John Vogl of the Buffalo News: With the new ownership in Buffalo, they may able to go the free agent route to improve this off-season, normally it would have had to been through trade. The Sabres need help at center and on the blueline. They need help down the middle.

Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: Gleason wonders if the Sabres will bring Brad Boyes back, he had a good regular season after he came over from St. Louis but struggled in the playoffs. They need help down the middle. Gleason wonders if they could trade away some young prospects for say a Patrick Sharp? Evgeni Malkin? or maybe Danny Briere?

Frank Seravalli via twitter: Flyers goalie Michael Leighton is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Andreas Nodl and Jeff Carter are also listed as day-to-day.

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Pronger and Carter done for series? Who’ll be in net for Flyers? Isles retain Nabokov’s rights … Laich to 1st line

  • Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly: A source close to the Flyers said that Chris Pronger won’t be in the lineup for the rest of the series. Pronger is still experiencing pain in his fractured hand, and can’t really take contact to the area. Jeff Carter is also not expected back as he has a severely sprained MCL in his right knee, he’s been wearing a brace.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers coach Peter Laviolette wouldn’t say after last night’s game who would be the starting goalie for Game 6 on Sunday. The Flyers have used 3 goalies so far as Michael Leighton replaced Brian Boucher in last night’s game. “I’m going to sleep on that one and probably give you nothing,” he said.
  • Katie Strang of Newsday: The NY Islanders have exercised the option of Evgeni Nabokov, and will retain his rights for next season.
  • Tom Jones of the St. Petersburgh Times: Some are questioning if Lightning forward Steven Stamkos is injured. When asked if he was Stamkos answered, “Everything feels good.” He only has 1 point this series, and has missed a couple ‘optional practices’ this week, something he rarely does.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Brooks Laich will be on a line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom for Game 5. Ovie will move to the right side. From coach Bruce Boudreau, “I like [Ovechkin on the right] for short periods of time because Alex is more used to playing left wing,” Boudreau said. “But Brooks is so responsible, you can play him anywhere and he’s going to make that line better. So I like that aspect of it. But right now, with Mike Knuble out, it makes for the better fit [to have Laich on the right]. Who knows, it might change.”

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