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Morning Rumors IV: Rangers, Lightning, Sabres, Senators, Blues, Alfredsson, Bruins and Scouting Avs-Kings

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: With little progress on talks with Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi, the Rangers have been looking at what might be available for their pair of pending UFAs. GM Glen Sather is committed to trade both if he can’t sign them to contract extensions. Callahan is believed to be looking for a seven year deal worth between $45 and $50 million, with the Rangers offering five years around $30 million. It is thought that Sabres could be interested in meeting Callahan’s asking price in the offseason. The Rangers are looking for one NHL player and either a prospect or high draft pick for Callahan. The Rangers would trade Callahan straight up for Martin St. Louis, but GM Steve Yzerman is not interested. Sather is not willing to include a young asset or draft pick. The Rangers are getting closer to Girardi’s asking price of six years and $5.5 million per season that he reportedly proposed in November, but Girardi may have changed his mind on those numbers.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: If/when Ryan Miller (and others) is traded, it’s likely the Sabres will look get a goalie back. Their minor league goalies, Matt Hackett and Nathan Lieuwen, are not NHL ready yet.

    “We have a couple good young goalies here, and if one of them is the goalie of the future, it’s not the near future,” General Manager Tim Murray said in Rochester this month while watching the Amerks. “It’s a little bit down the road. I don’t think either one of them is ready to step in and start for the Buffalo Sabres.”

    Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators have some interest in Blues Chris Stewart. Stewart could also be included in a deal for Callahan.

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Could Daniel Alfredsson play another season?

    “I’m going to wait until the end of the year and re-evaluate, especially how the body feels,” said Alfredsson. “I had a couple of minor injuries where I missed some time, but if I feel I’m playing at a level where I’m not struggling too much, I still think it’s fun, I’m contributing, I’ll definitely consider playing another year, there’s no question.

    “But the moment, I don’t have an answer and I haven’t thought about it too much. I think that was my mindset, and it has been for a few years, that if the body feels it’s not too much work to get prepared every day for practice and games, I’ll continue.”

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Source confirms that the Bruins have some interest in Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald. The price is high, which means the Bruins may not be as interested. They have no desire to trade their first round pick. Ryan Spooner, Zach Trotman and Matt Bartkowski won’t be moved for a rental. Likely that Alex Khokhlachev, Jordan Caron and David Warsofsky are names that could come up in any trade talks. Could move draft picks other than their first. The Bruins could be looking for a “big-bodied, physical defenseman,” which doesn’t really fit MacDonald’s description.
  • Hope Smoke: When Bob McKenzie brought up that the Blues may be willing to trade Ty Rattie in a Ryan Miller expanded trade, he also brought up Mikhail Grigorenko as a player who could be involved.
  • Mike Chambers: Scouting the Avalanche – Kings:  Flames, Cancks, Blue Jackets, Penguins, Hurricanes, Canadiens (2), Red Wings, Lightning and Maple Leafs. A Canadiens and Flames scout live there, and the Canadiens play the Kings next week.

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Morning Hits: Grigorenko, Sabres, Ryan, Jaskin, Archibald and Kings scouting Canadiens

  • Mike Harrington: Quick list of points regarding Mikhail Grigorenko and Sabres: “As I said a couple days ago, the fact he “only played with McCormick and Scott” is a fallacy. Just not true. So that’s out the window. He has two goals, both in one game. He has shown zero in many games — and in practice, which you folks don’t see. Darcy and Lindy messed this all up last year, perhaps permanently. But putting him in the NHL right now is pointless. He’s not an NHL player. Yes, Leino/Stafford have done next to nothig. But $4M+ guys play. Period. For the 9,000th time, can’t buy Leino out until June.”
  • Don Brennan: Senators Bobby Ryan should still see some time on the blueline during power plays even with Patrick Wiercioch returning.
  • Lou Korac: The Blues have recalled Dmitrij Jaskin from the AHL.
  • Tony Marinaro: Kings scout Alyn McCauley was at the Canadiens game.

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Quick Hits: Jets, Grigorenko, Fraser, Eriksson and Bolland

  • Kevin Allen of USA Today: The Jets fired head coach Claude Noel and replaced him with Paul Maurice. The problem with the Jets is that they are talented enough to be competitive, they are not talented enough to contend. They still need to make a some changes.
  • Stephan Whyno: Sabres Mikhail Grigorenko will now report to the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. John Vogl: Grigorenko’s agent, Jay Grossman: ”We had some real serious concerns about the development process for this player that I think were warranted”
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins send Matt Fraser back to the AHL, so it’s looking like Loui Eriksson will be back.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I was told late last week that the Leafs are hopeful Bolland can play a game or two before the Olympic break”

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Morning Rumors: Panthers, Sabres, Avs, Capitals, Flames, Leafs, Lightning, Blue Jackets, Oilers and Hurricanes

  • Harvey Fialkov: Despite the fact that the Panthers have asked for money from Broward County, GM Dale Talon has the green light to spend to the salary cap ceiling.
  • Mike Harrington: Matt Moulson is the Sabres most attractive asset. Many teams need a scorer. Not a lot of teams need a goalie unless an  injury happens.
  • Brian Wilde: On the trade block: Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri, Olli Jokinen, Devin Setoguchi, Brad Boyes, Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri. The Canadiens could use a No. 3 defenseman and a big bodied right winger. They don’t have the cap space, so salary must go out.
  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres Mikhail Grigorenko is refusing to report to the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.  Harrington’s inquiries say that the KHL is a possibility. The AHL is not an option.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater thinks it wouldn’t be a good idea to trade Ryan O’Reilly. “If the Avs trade O’Reilly because they don’t want to pay him a dollar more than Matt Duchene or any other artificial reason, then they will be very, very dumb.”You hear the ….

    “They’ll deal him by the March 5 deadline for a D-man or some other “need” go the rumors. “The Avs are loaded at center, so they deal O’Reilly to a team where he’ll be used as a center, and therefore the Avs will get trade value in return befitting a top-six center.”

    but ….

    Oh that one makes a lot of sense. First off, O’Reilly is a winger now, and a great winger. So, if the Avs trade him, they are trading a great WINGER, which would create an immediate void of a great WINGER. This idea that, well, the Avs have so much up the middle already, so that makes O’Reilly expendable in some ways…no. He’s a great left wing right now. So, you trade him, you’re trading a winger that very few teams can match in overall game.

  • Katie Carrera: The Capitals and Mikhail Grabovski are in the early stages of contract extension talks.
  • Adam Vingan of NBC Washington: The Capitals are in the early stages of talking about a contract extension with center Mikhail Grabovski.

    “He’s comfortable here,” Greenstin said Saturday at the Capitals’ practice facility in Arlington. “Good coaching staff, he fits here very well, but Grabo is very talented center. He’s able to play in a lot of organization the same role. He’s a first-two liner, he reads the game very well, but we’ll see what’s happening. Most likely he’ll stay here.”

    “Why not?” Greenstin said when asked if he could envision Grabovski remaining with the Capitals. “Depends on the management. Coach [Adam Oates] likes him, we just begin talking about future contract. It’s not easy process. It will take some time, I believe.

    “He’s very comfortable in Washington. … We’ll see. Good coach, good organization, we go from this.”

  • Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun: Flames Brian Burke

    “We’re open for business. A lot is going to depend on when we complete the GM search, but in the meantime, we are open for business.”

    Coach Bob Hartley

    “We know it’s coming,” Hartley explained after Saturday’s morning skate.

    “We know we have a bunch of unrestricted free agents and Burkie will want to improve the team, that’s for sure. Burkie will make decisions — just like me, just like everybody else — for the best of the organization. Obviously, there is going to be some question marks. There is going to be some speculation.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sources are saying the Maple Leafs are looking for depth up front. Carl Gunnarsson and Jake Gardiner could be used as trade bait.Penguins GM Ray Shero may be the second most actvie GM and he’s dangling prospects.

    Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has let teams know that Tom Pyatt and Keith Aulie are available.

    There is heat on Capitals GM George McPhee to do something. He’s not going to be fired. Former GM Brian Lawton said that Martin Erat could be headed for the Coyotes.

    Newport Sports agent Craig Oster could be the Sabres assistant GM.

    The Avs haven’t had contract talks with center Paul Stastny, but they are not likely to trade him. The Senators and Canucks would be calling if he’s available. The  Flames, Oilers, Leafs, Jets and Canadiens would also be interested. The price would be high. If the Rangers buyout Brad Richards, they’ll be looking for a center.

    The Blue Jackets will be willing to trade Brandon Dubinsky.

    Oilers Sam Gagner could be traded to the Hurricanes for a goalie: Cam Ward , Justin Peters or Anton Khudobin.

    Someone could be interested in Ales Hemsky for a  draft pick.

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Morning Hits: Grigorenko, Zadorov, Etem, Steckel, White, Bishop and Conacher

  • TSN: The Sabres agree to allow Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita Zadorov to play for Russia at the World Junior Championship.
  • Eric Stephens: The Ducks have recalled Emerson Etem and David Steckel. Mathieu Perreault on the IR.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Ian White is close, or may even have a “done deal” with a KHL team.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murry is still happy with the Ben Bishop for Cory Conacher trade.

    “It wasn’t anything about Cory Conacher and Ben Bishop. It was, do we keep Robin Lehner or do we keep Ben Bishop,” Murray told reporters as he watched the Senators practice Wedensday at Tampa Bay Times Forum. “And from the offset, we felt Robin Lehner is a guy in the future, and now is the future for him, that is going to be a top end goaltender in the NHL. So that’s why the trade was made.

    “If I hadn’t of traded Ben Bishop, you guys would be asking me today, ‘what the hell are you doing with three goaltenders? And who’s starting tomorrow night? And that’s really wrong, what you’re doing’.

    “I couldn’t have signed (Bishop) to another contract and kept Robin and Craig (Anderson).”

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Afternoon Hits: Waivers, Hossa, Bozak, Ashton, Skinner, Semin, Grigorenko, Olesz and Starting Goalies

  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak won’t play tonight, but is hopeful for Saturday.
  • David Alter: The Maple Leafs send Carter Ashton to the AHL.
  • James Mirtle: The Marlies release Stefan Legein from his PTO.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Jeff Skinner is activated from the IR, Alex Semin is put on the IR.
  • Chris Nichols: Mikhail Grigorenko will be back in the Sabres lineup tonight.
  • Igor Eronko: Rostislav Olesz signed a one-year deal with SC Bern of the Swiss league.
  • Rich Chere: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils.
  • Mark Masters: Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Maple Leafs.
  • Josh Cooper: Marek Mazanec will start in net for the Predators.
  • Mark Lazerus: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.
  • Mike Halford: Some good goalie matchups tonight: Lundqvist vs. Lehtonen, Smith vs. Varlamov, Schneider vs. Scrivens.

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Morning Hits: Grigorenko, Ashton, Korobov, Olesz, Cameras in Posts and Tambellini

  • Hope Smoke: McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”I’m surprised that the NHL stepped in on the Grigorenko conditioning situation. Teams have done it in the past without incdent. Brayden Schenn comes to mind a few years back.” Bill Hoppe: Grigorenko skated with the Sabres yesterday morning.
  • James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs will have to send a player to the AHL when Tyler Bozak comes of the LTIR. Looking like Carter Ashton could be the odd may out.
  • Erik Erlendsson: The Lightning send defenseman Dmitry Korobov back to the AHL.
  • Tom Gulitti: The Devils put winger Rostislav Olesz on unconditional waivers for the purpose of his release to allow him to go play in Switzerland.
  • Darren Dreger on TSN: The NHL hockey operations will meet with a group who have designed a system to put cameras in the posts of nets that may give a clearer view of the goal line to determine if a puck crosses it or not.
  • Brian Compton: The Ducks have hired Steve Tambellini as a part-time scout.

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Sabres: Grigorenko, Larsson, Ristolainen, Zadorov, Kaleta and Benning

  • Mike Harrington: Sabres reassigned Grigorenko, Larsson, Ristolainen and ZadorovJohn Vogl: Grigorenko was sent to the AHL on a conditioning stint. Coach Ted Nolan said that Grigorenko will return to the Sabres after his conditioning stint. Ryan Pyette: The London Knights assistant GM drove to Buffalo to pick up Zadorov. David Pagnotta: Source saying the NHL wouldn’t approve Grigorenko’s AHL conditioning stint and he will have to head back to Buffalo.
  • John Vogl: “Nothing as of now” said a source close to Sabres Patrick KaletaMultiple Sabres veterans said the kids tried hard but were not NHL ready.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Sabres have been granted permission to speak with Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning.

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Morning Rumors: Panthers, Canadiens, Flames, Senators, Havlat, Miller, Blues, Leafs and Grigorenko

  • The Fourth Period: The Panthers continue to get calls on Dmitry Kulikov, who is in the final year of his deal. The Oilers, Red Wings, Hurricanes and Ducks are teams who are believed to have shown interest. The Panthers are also taking offers for Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann, Brad Boyes and Shawn Matthias.
  • The Fourth Period: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has been looking for offensive help. He’s asked about a few players, but the cost is too high. They have inquired about Jets Evander Kane. Bergevin continues to talk with some of his free agents: P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov and Raphael Diaz.
  • The Fourth Period: The Flames may be looking to make more trades, but they’ll be selling. The Calgary Sun said that trade candidates are: Michael Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak, Matt Stajan and Chris Butler. GM Jay Feaster is looking for young players and draft picks. Nothing is imminent. Cammalleri and Stajan have limited no-trade clauses.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators are still trying to find another top-6 forward. GM Bryan Murray has tried to fill the hole internally, and has also been looking outside the organization. A source said that they have talked to the Sharks about Martin Havlat. The Rangers have also talked to the Sharks about Havlat, but Sharks GM Doug Wilson doesn’t want to give up on Havlat just yet. Havlat has a no-trade clause (which he may waive for Ottawa) and a $5 million salary cap hit.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Jaroslav Halak got off to a hot start (9-2-1, 2.19 GAA and .913 SV%) but he’s had a rough three games. He now sits at 10-2-3 with a 2.48 GAA (23rd in the league) and .900 save percentage (34th). The Blues play Ryan Miller’s Sabres tonight. The Blues are thought to be one of the teams that could be interested in Miller, “but it appears that that ship has sailed.” The Blues would have issues with Miller’s $6.25 million salary cap hit and the Sabres are searching for a new GM. For now the Blues will ride it out with Halak and Brian Elliott, and have Jake Allen in the AHL if a replacement is needed.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”the fact that the Oilers pick is in play certainly interests people but it’s not easy to acquire stud defenseman”
  • Hope Smoke: McKenzie on TSN Radio: “MacTavish has been talking, and talking a lot, but nothing appears to be imminent”
  • Hope Smoke: McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”I don’t necessarily see the Islanders doing something to address their goaltending situation”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”for the most part the Leafs have stopped looking to upgrade via trade after the Holland move”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: ”I still think there is a deal to be made between the Leafs & Carolina for Liles. Nonis is prepared to eat about $1 mill in salary”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: ”if Raymond continues to produce, it’s unlikely the Leafs would be able to re-sign him. Will he command $2 mill – $3 mill?”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: ”I’m thinking the Leafs get Dion at 6-7 years at around $7 million. Maybe $7.2 on the upside”
  • John Vogl: Quebec Remparts spokesperson said that the Sabres have not spoken with coach Philippe Boucher about the possibility of Mikhail Grigorenko returning to the QMJHL.
  • Martin Biron: Translating RDS’s Stephane Leroux tweet that he talked to a source last week who said that Grigorenko would be heading back to the QMJHL.
  • Sara Orlesky: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen was at the Flames – Jets game last night.

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NHL Rookie Watch: Mikhail Grigorenko – Buffalo Sabres

Mikhail GrigorenkoMikhail Grigorenko Scouting Reports

Date of birth: 05/06/1994
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 200
Position: C
Acquired: Drafted in the 1st round, 12th overall in 2012 by Buffalo.

Corey Pronman Hockey Prospectus - @coreypronman

Year in Review: Grigorenko was a top offensive force in the QMJHL again, and he was a top forward at the World Juniors. Still, he displayed significant struggles at the NHL level as an 18-year-old.

The Good: Grigorenko is a great puck possessor, and a well above-average puck handler, with elite hockey sense. He can simply dazzle with his puck control and unique playmaking skills. Grigorenko is also an agile, shifty skater. He has a big body, and he can protect the puck fine. He also has a top-end shot. His ability to produce offense is elite.

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Morning Rumors: Hiller, Oilers, Liles, Tootoo, Kulikov, Horton, Meszaros, Grigorenko, Green and Miller

  • Mark Spector: Thinks the Oilers have another deal in the works.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”I know there has been some dialogue between Edmonton and Anaheim regarding Jonas Hiller
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”the Oilers have cooled down their search for a goaltender. I think it’s status quo right now for MacTavish”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”Carlyle didn’t feel great at having to waive Liles because Liles did everything Carlyle asked him to do in the exit meeting” … ”I believe the Leafs are willing to eat around $1 million dollars (and that is negotiable) to move Liles”
  • David Alter: If the Leafs retain any money in a John-Michael Liles trade, not using the non-compliance window they had back in August would be a mistake.
  • Darren Dreger on TSN: The Red Wings are believed to be eager to make a trade. Jordin Tootoo is in play to create some cap space to make room for Gustav Nyquist. The Maple Leafs are willing to retain a significant portion of John-Michael Liles contract in a trade.
  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: The Maple Leafs have had their eye on Panthers Dmitri Kulikov over the years, and he might be available. He wouldn’t come cheap, and he’ll be looking for a big pay increase from his $2.5 million.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton insinuated last week that part of the reason he left the Bruins in the summer was that the Bruins wanted until the last minute to negotiate with him. At the time he signed with the Blue Jackets (seven-years, $37 million), he agent said that Horton wanted to go somewhere quieter and more laid back than Boston.

    “All year, nothing happened. I waited for a long time,” Horton said of last year in Boston. “When you wait until the last minute, what am I . . . I’m not going to wait around. I’m happy with the way things turned out. It just came down to, at the end, for my family, I wanted a place where my kids could be outside.

    “That’s kind of what it came down to. I heard a little bit about Columbus. It’s not the Columbus that everyone knows. Columbus is up-and-coming. They’ve got a great team and great people in charge. It’s kind of what I was looking for.”

    The Bruins wouldn’t have offered a seven-year contract with his concussion history. There were negotiations last year about a five-year, around $5 million a year deal. Horton would change his mind daily on if staying in Boston or leaving. Ultimately came down to his wife’s desire to live somewhere warmer and quieter. The Bruins would have traded his rights for a seventh round pick, and had discussed a deal with the Kings. Horton said he was ruling out all Canadian cities and big markets.

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Flyers have tried to trade Andrej Meszaros, but his expiring contract may be valuable to the Flyers who sit at $56 million for next season.

    Among the teams the Oilers talked to were the Ducks, Blues and Capitals. Some belief they may have looked at Jake Allen and Thomas Greiss. Allen is staying in St. Louis and Greiss info appears incorrect.

    Did the Oilers consider trading Nail Yakupov for help on the blueline? They may have thought the cost was too high, same as price for goaltending.

    Teams exploring trade market the most are the Flyers, Rangers and maybe the Devils.

    A lot of concern about Tyler Myers play, more and more lately involving Mikhail Grigorenko.

    The Kings have started preliminary talks with Matt Greene.

    Despite having a limited no-trade clause, Ryan Miller may consider going anywhere. Oilers make little sense.

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Free Agent Hits: Johansson, Boedker, Kadri, Gilbert, Cammalleri, Cowen, Hodgson, Franson, Pietrangelo and Stepan

  • Mike Vogl: The Capitals have signed RFA Marcus Johansson to a two-year, $4 million deal. He’ll get $1.825 million this season and $2.175 million in 2014-15.
  • Bob McKenzie: Hearing that Coyotes RFA Mikkel Boedker is close to agreeing to a two-year deal. Not official but likely imminent. Sarah McLellan: McLellan thinks it would be interesting if Boedker signed for two-years. His camp wanted a long-term deal and that is why he didn’t go to an arbitrator. Two-year deal is what it may take to get him in camp.
  • Jim Matheson: Matheson thinks there is no way that Nazem Kadri can win this “catfight” with the Maple Leafs. One good season doesn’t mean $5 million in a long term deal.
  • Jim Matheson: Wild sources saying that Tom Gilbert could play in Switzerland this season.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Flames forward Mike Cammalleri is entering the last year of his deal and could be open to a contract extension.

    “Who knows? We’ll see,” he said of his future in Calgary. “We’ll see what they want to do. Truthfully, I got a lot of respect for (GM) Jay (Feaster) and (assistant GM) John (Weisbrod), I’ve had an open dialogue with them. Nothing to report, but we’ll see what they want to do. I like it there, it’s a good place. I’m open (to an extension).”

  • Allan Muir of SI: RFA’s like Nazem Kadri, Jared Cowen, Cody Hodgson, Marcus Johansson,  and Cody Franson are finding they don’t have a lot of leverage. Their hopes of cashing in are fading. The lower salary cap has hurt their chances of getting a bigger deal. The Senators have determined that Cowen is worth less than the $3 million they are paying Marc Methot on a short-term deal. Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons can fill the empty role left if Hodgson isn’t signed right away. The Leafs feel they have options in Paul Ranger and Morgan Rielly if Franson isn’t signed by the start of the season. Alex Pietrangelo and Derek Stepan have a bit more leverage due to their abilities/value to the team. The Rangers have less than $3 million in cap space with 14 forwards on one-way contracts. Stepan could make a case for Ryan Callahan’s six-year, $28.2 million deal.

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