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Lines and Pairings at Practice Today For 11 Teams

  • Pat Leonard: Rangers lines and Pairings: Poul-Brass-Zucc, Nash-Step-MSL, Hag-Rich-Fast, Boyle-DMoore-Dorsett. McDonagh-G, Staal-Stral, JMoore-Klein.
  • Joe Smith: Lightning lines: Palat Johnson Stamkos, Killorn Filppula Callahan, Brown Paquette Kucherov, Purcell Thompson Panik. Erik Erlendsson: Power play units: Hedman-Stamkos-Filppula-Palat-Callahan; 2nd unit Carle-Kostka-Killorn-Purcell-Johnson.
  • Luc Gelinas: Canadiens lines: Pacioretty-Desharnais-Vanek Prust-Plekanec-Gallagher Bourque-Eller-Gionta Weise-Brière-Bournival.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets lines: Jenner – Johansen – Skille; Calvert – Dubinsky – Atkinson; MacKenzie – Anisimov – Comeau; Tropp – Letestu – Boll. Frattin extra. Defensive pairings: Tyutin – Johnson; Murray – Wisniewski; Nikitin – Savard. Extra pair: Schultz – Prout. Rob Mixer: Power play units: Calvert-Dubinsky-Atkinson, Tyutin-Savard; Jenner-Johansen-Letestu, Johnson-Wisniewski.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Franzen-Datsyuk-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Jurco-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Legwand. Andersson, Bertuzzi rotating in. Defensive pairings: Kronwall-Smith, Quincey-DeKeyser, Lashoff-Kindl, Ouellet-Sproul. Howard and Gustavsson in goal.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Bennett Jokinen-Malkin-Neal Glass-Sutter-Stempniak Gibbons-Vitale-Adams (Pyatt & Megna rotating in). Defensive pairings: Orpik-Martin Scuderi-Letang Maatta-Niskanen Bortuzzo-Engelland.
  • Michael Russo: Wild lines: Parise-Koivu-Coyle;Moulson-Granlund-Pominville;Cooke-Brodziak-Niederreiter; Veilleux-Haula-McCormick; Fontaine, Heatley extras
  • Lisa Dillman: Kings lines: Gaborik-Kopitar-JWill. Richards w/King &Carter; Stoll centering Toffoli & Brown. 4th line Clifford-Lewis-Pearson/Nolan.
  • Lance Pugmire: Ducks lines: Beleskey-Getzlaf-Perry, Cogs-Koivu-Silfverberg, Winnik-Bonino-Palmieri, Selanne-Perreault-Maroon.
  • David Pollak: Sharks lines: Hertl-Thornton-Burns, Marleau-Couture-Nieto, Wingels-Pavelski-Havlat, Torres-Desjardins-Brown.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs lines: O’Reilly-MacKinnon-Parenteau, Landeskog-Stastny-McGinn, Talbot-Cliché-McLeod, Bordeleau-Malone-Carey. Defensive pairings: Holden-Johnson, Barrie-Guenin, Benoit-Elliott

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NHL Video: Mike Rupp To Have Phone Hearing For Hit On T.J. Oshie

Minnesota Wild forward Mike Rupp will have a phone hearing for his hit on St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie.

How many games do you think Rupp SHOULD get? How many games do you think Rupp WILL get?

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NHL Injuries: Ducks, Panthers, Sharks, Blue Jackets, Blackhawks, Wild and Flames

  • Eric Stephens: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau thinks that Cam Fowler could return by next week.
  • Harvey Fialkov: The Panthers have sent Jonathan Racine back to the AHL as Ed Jovanovski is ready to return to the lineup.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Tomas Hertl practiced yesterday without a “no-contact” jersey.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nathan Horton (lower-body) won’t travel with the team to Philadelphia. Jared Boll is expected to return to the lineup.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets Ryan Murray (knee) skated yesterday morning  with associate coach Craig Hartsburg, doing conditioning drills.  Shawn Mitchell: Murray will travel with the team to Philadelphia but won’t play. Coach Todd Richards said he could return next Friday against Chicago or Sunday against the Islanders.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets Nikita Nikitin (lower-body) won’t travel with the team. Either Nick Schultz or Tim Erixon will fill in for Nikitin.
  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks Bryan Bickell said he’ll play tonight.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Josh Harding was on the ice yesterday during their practice.
  • Chad Graff: Wild’s Mike Yeo was vague about Mikael Granlund’s possible head injury. Said he didn’t know about his status.
  • Randy Sportak: Flames defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon had season-ending shoulder surgery. Mark Cundari and Chris Breen have been recalled.

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Morning Hits: Nonis, Folin, Grigorenko, Arcobello, Carlyle and Clarkson

  • Kid Ish: Darren Dreger: ”Nonis delivered word to owners that this was going to be a tough year, and next year as well.” … ”The message I’m getting from the boardroom is that they’re frustrated but everyone’s fine.” … ”The reality is this team is where management projected it would be at the start of the year.”
  • Minnesota Wild: The Wild have signed college UFA Christian FolinMichael Russo: GM Chuck Fletcher on Folin: ”Physically, you don’t normally have a young man coming out of college or jr that possess his physical attributes”
  • Kevin Oklobzija: Mikhail Grigorenko after his first AHL practice: ”It’s a good opportunity for me. I’ll show the new (#Sabres) GM (Tim Murray) and Ted Nolan I can maybe make the step to the NHL next season.”
  • Edmonton Oilers: Oilers sign Mark Arcobello to a one-year contract extension.
  • Hope Smoke: TSNs Ray Ferraro: ”Remember when Carlyle was hired the one thing we heard was how detailed he was and how he would drive his players nuts with detail” … ”There’s either an unwillingness from the players or they’re incapable of paying attention to detail in Toronto” … ”I don’t think there’s a belief in the systems from the guys in the room in Toronto” … ”You can preach as much as you want but if the guys refuse to do it, you’re in trouble”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”Does Lupul seem like a core player to you? Certainly not this year.”
  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”I don’t know what you do with Clarkson. Maybe they don’t have a choice and they have to bring him back.” … ”Eventually the salary doesn’t matter. He’s either helping or he’s not. The coach can’t keep putting Clarkson out there.”

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NHL Rumors: Leafs, Flyers, Habs, Panthers, Jets, Sharks, Canes, Wild and Canucks

  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: The Leafs have lost eight in a row and changes could be coming. Coach Randy Carlyle could be the scapegoat. A management source indicated that drastic move(s) in the next 24-48 hours was unlikely though.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Flyers gave up a couple draft picks for defenseman Andrew MacDonald, and they plan on trying to re-sign the pending UFA.

    Thought is that the Canadiens will sign Andrei Markov to a three-year contract extension before July 1st.

    Though, then assistant GM Mike Santos (fired) denied there was a offer on the table for Dmitry Kulikov, sources say there was an offer and that Santos wasn’t kept in the loop.

    The Jets could be taking a wait-and-see approach with regards to their coaching. Could they look at Randy Carlyle if the Leafs let him go.

    Neither the Sharks or Dan Boyle are in a rush to get an extension done. They will wait until the off-season. The Lightning could be interested if he hits the open market.

    Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller will likely be looking for a new job at the end of the season.

    If the Wild let coach Mike Yeo go at the end of the season, names that could come as replacements are Marc Crawford and Peter Laviolette.

  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: You have to think there will be a coaching change in Vancouver. David Booth could be bought out after the season. Booth, has been one of their better players of late. The Canucks will also have to decide what to do with Alex Edler, who has a no-trade clause. If they decide to keep Edler, they could look at buying out Jason Garrison. They would like to keep Ryan Kesler. If they do trade him, they will need to find another center.

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NHL Injuries: Rangers, Red Wings, Flyers, Predators, Wild and the Coyotes

  • Katie Strang: Rangers Chris Kreider suffered his hand injury during the Blue Jackets game. He played two games after that with minimal pain. Pat Leonard: Coach Alain Vigneault said they are still determining what the next step is, if he’ll need surgery or not.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers John Moore skated yesterday for the first time since suffering his concussion last Friday from a  Blake Comeau hit. Moore said he’s feels that he is improving every day. There is no timetable yet.
  • Bill Roose: Red Wings Justin Abdelkader hopes to return to the lineup no later than next Wednesday.
  • Helene St. James: There is no set time for Pavel Datsyuk’s return, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said that it ”looks like he can play.”
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg said that he plans on returning for the playoffs. He is doing some off-ice workouts, but there is no timetable on when he will start skating.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on the possibility of Steve Downie having concussion: “He’s got a lot of things going on. That might be one, but we haven’t diagnosed it as such.”
  • Nick Cole: Predators Seth Jones, Paul Gaustad and Patrick Eaves are out tonight.
  • Minnesota Wild: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said that Niklas Backstrom had successful core muscle surgery on Tuesday and is out the rest of the year. Jason Zucker had surgery on Tuesday to repair a tendon in his left quadriceps and is out for the rest of the year.
  • Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona: It was reported on Tuesday that Coyotes Mike Smith has a leg strain and would be out two weeks. GM Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett said that details and a timeline won’t be known until their doctors see Smith.

    “Until doctor (Gary) Waslewski and our medical staff get their hands on Mike, we won’t have a clear idea,” Maloney said Wednesday. “The encouraging thing is he is feeling much better today than he was yesterday. It’s all trending positively.”

    Lauri Korpikoski could return tonight.

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Morning Rumors: Miller, Hemsky, Vanek, Iginla, Folin, Carlyle, Maple Leafs and Oilers

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Blues have let Ryan Miller’s agent, Mike Liut, know they’d like to re-sign him. Miller will wait until after the season to talk. Miller’s wife is an actress in LA. He has been linked to the Ducks, but they have Frederik Andersen, John Gibson and pending UFA Jonas Hiller.

    The Senators are planning on talking to Ales Hemsky about a contract extension. The money would need to be right for the Sens.

    Thomas Vanek is still planning on testing the free agent market.

  • TSN Insider Trading: Darren Dreger: The Bruins have reached out to Jarome Iginla’s agent last week. There hasn’t been any back-and-forth talk. The Bruins don’t have the tag room to do a deal in-season.

    Bob McKenzie: Ryan Miller may want to wait until July 1st to see if there is any interest from the Ducks. Talk is the Ducks talked to the Sabres earlier this year about Miller, but weren’t able to get a deal done.

    The Flyers, Wild, Lightning and Oilers are among the front-runners for college UFA Christian Folin. Folin is still playing and hasn’t fully committed to a decision just yet.

  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”If Reimer closes out Boston they don’t trade for Bernier. I don’t think Randy has ever gotten over those ten minutes in Boston” … ”Randy is credited, and rightly so, for being a defensive minded coach. When you see the mistakes this team makes it’s unbelievable” … ”Absolutely, without question Randy will be under review this summer”
  • Hope Smoke: TSNs Ray Ferraro: ”The Oilers don’t have enough guys who understand that the right thing is to get out of their own zone. They cheat too much” …. ”Nobody wants to say it, but they [Edmonton] have had the same guy in charge for 8 years in a row while they missed the playoffs” … ”If I was in charge of a team that missed the playoffs 8 years in a row I would have been fired after 4” … ”You can’t have big players that can’t skate and small players that try to trick the puck into the net”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Carlyle is fired. I’m not saying his neck is on the chopping black”
  • Hope Smoke: “Ferraro thinks the Leafs are a top centre, a #1 defenseman, a really good bottom 6 F & a depth D away from being a contender. Is that all?”

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Morning Rumors: GMs on the Hotseat, Senators, Goalie Market, Expansion, Leafs, Canes and Hotstove Video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch names some GM who could be in trouble this offseason: David Poile (NSH) – if he goes, coach Barry Trotz is likely gone as well. Poile has been the GM since 1998. Assistant GM Paul Fenton could be ready to take over. Mike Gillis (VAN) – if they don’t make the playoffs, it may come down to Gillis or Tortorella. George McPhee (WSH) – his contract is up after the season. Brian Burke in Calgary may be waiting for McPhee.

    The Senators will have decisions to make on Jason Spezza this offseason. The Ducks and Blues inquired about Spezza at the deadline, but they didn’t have serious talks as the Senators will still in the hunt.

    If the Senators can keep Ales Hemsky, they should do it.

    Assuming the Blues re-sign Ryan Miller and Ducks re-sign Jonas Hiller, Jaroslav Halak could get interest if he hits the open market. Would make sense for the Capitals to try and re-sign Halak. Other teams that could be looking for a goaltender this summer are the Islanders, Flames, Wild and Canucks.

    If Seattle gets an expansion team, don’t be surprised if Jeremy Roenick is named as the team president. He has ties with one of the groups that is interested in bringing in a team. Quebec City makes sense for a team and have started to build a new arena. Las Vegas has also made a pitch for a team.

    The Sabres would still like to move Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Christian Ehrhoff. They would also listen to offers on Tyler Myers.

    It is possible that the Canadiens look to re-sign Thomas Vanek, but many think he’ll be end up in Minnesota. Don’t count out the Kings.

    The Panthers are trying to re-sign RFA Dmitry Kulikov. GM Dale Tallon has offered a four-year deal worth $20 million, but Kulikov is looking for four-years and $22 million.

    You have think that James Reimer won’t be back with the Maple Leafs. He’s been linked to the Jets.

    Hurricanes Cam Ward could also be on the move.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks the trade market for James Reimer is limited. There may only be three teams that he could start for: the Islanders, Sabres and Flames. He could complete for the No. 1 with the Jets, Canucks and Oilers. Simmons doesn’t think they would get much for him. There is more supply than demand in the goalie market.

    The Flyers are interested in college UFA defenseman Christian Folin. The Leafs are not interested.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers GM Glen Sather on talk of his retirement.

    “Everybody retires sometime, but I’m not intending to step away or retire from anything this year,” Sather told Slap Shots on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. “I don’t know how stories like this keep coming up, because I haven’t said anything to anybody about retiring. … One day, yes. But not now.”

    “There comes a time where you do think about your lifestyle and maybe some of the things you might do if you weren’t doing this job,” he said. “But that’s not where my thoughts are now. I’m working to build this team into a Stanley Cup winner. That’s my priority. That’s what I’m focused on. … I’m not thinking about stepping back, or a change in my title or in my responsibilities.”

  • Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: Talk on Christian Folin and Jack Eichel. P.K. Subban and the Canadiens will talk after the season and it could be around Shea Weber numbers. The Blues and Ryan Miller will talk after the season. Paul Maurice will decide after the season if he wants to return as the Jets head coach.

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Morning Rumors: Panthers, Blackhawks, Rangers, Islanders, Wild, Expansion, Canucks and Leafs

  • Ian Mendes: Panthers GM Dale Talon on pending RFA Erik Gudbranson: ”He’s not going anywhere. He is likely going to be the captain of our team some day.”
  • Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times: There have been no talks between Ben Smith and the Blackhawks.

    ‘‘You try not to give that too much power,’’ Smith said. ‘‘As long as I keep working hard and show what I can do, that stuff will take care of itself.’’

  • Katie Strang: Rangers owner James Dolan on ESPN radio: ”I think Ryan [Callahan] was essentially asking too much for his services”
  • Katie Strang of ESPN: It doesn’t sound like pending UFA Matt Moulson will return to the Islanders this offseason.

    “It’s been said that I wasn’t in the future plans, so I don’t think that will quickly change,” Moulson said. “I’m just going to concentrate on helping Minnesota to win right now.”

  • Dobber Prospects: Bob McKenzie said that the Wild are trying hard to sign college UFA Greg Carey.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”When the NHL is looking at expansion they’ll be targeting the pacific northwest”
  • Brittany Wallman of the Sun Sentinel: Six of eight commissioners voted in favor of giving the Panthers additional taxes from tourists. The Panthers are asking for and additional $80 million from Broward County. The Panthers are requesting the developmental rights to 22 acres of land next to the arena, is separate from the request for additional tax funds. Panthers President and CEO Michael Yormark.

    “We need help,” he said.

    “We’re losing $100,000 a day,” said Panthers co-owner Doug Cifu, who with Vinnie Viola became the team’s fifth owner in September, with a $250 million purchase. “So where I sit, time is of the essence.”

  • Farhan Lalji: Told that the Canucks ownership definitely will not make a move regarding John Tortorella or Mike Gillis until season.
  • Andy Strickland: From the Ryan Miller trade: some scouts think that William Carrier could play on the Sabres third line next season.
  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on James Reimer after a 3-2 loss to the Red Wings.

    “I thought he was okay, you know,” Carlyle said after Reimer made 28 saves against the Wings.

    “Just okay.”

    Reimer’s response?

    “So he said I was just okay?” Reimer said.

    “I thought I was good. I don’t know if I was great, and I would like to be great, but I thought I made some good saves when I needed to.”

    Reimer’s agent, Ray Petkau on twitter after the game.

    “As is customary in Toronto, when your team plays poor defensively game after game you blame your goalie.”

    Petkau then tweeted 40 minutes later.

    “Apparently that last tweet needs clarification. Notice it’s NOT directed at anyone in particular. It’s a general observation. #BadTiming”

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Injury Notes: Saad, Carter, Joensuu, Fowler, Huberdeau, Zucker, Mitchell, Ericsson and Stuart

  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Brandon Saad could possibly play tonight. Michal Rozsival will be out a few games with a lower-body injury.
  • Edmonton OilersJesse Joensuu is out four weeks with a high ankle sprain.
  • Eric Stephens: Ducks Cam Fowler had an MRI yesterday. Was wearing a knee brace.
  • George Richards: Panthers Jonathan Huberdeau is doubtful for the rest of their trip with an upper-body injury.
  • Chad Grad: Wild’s Jason Zucker will miss the rest of the season with an knee injury.
  • L.A. Lariviere: Avs John Mitchell went to the hospital to get x-rays on his back after crashing hard into the boards during the second period.
  • Ted Kulfan: Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson left last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart is getting close to returning to the lineup.

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Morning Rumors: Draft Lottery, Sabres, Panthers, Flyers, Oilers, Kovalchuk and the Devils

  • Elliotte Friedman: The NHL is looking into altering their draft lottery process. Under the current system, any team in the lottery could ‘win’ the lottery and select first overall, as well as not being able fall back more than one draft slot. There are talks of altering the systems so that teams could drop to the fourth or possibly the six slot. Odds of winning the lottery are 25 percent for the worst team to 0.5 percent for the 14th seed. This could be altered too. They are also looking at the possibility of looking at a team over a five year span.The NHL may get rid of having ‘lists’ for shooters taking part in the shootout.Illegal testing of draft prospects could be $250,000.

    Sabres GM Tim Murray will look to start contract extension talks with Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno to see if they are interested in signing on long-term.

    Murray said there were no offers that were remotely close for Tyler Myers or Christian Ehrhoff at the deadline. Cap recapture on Ehrhoff’s deal are a concern and affects trade scenarios.

    Five years ago the Panthers asked the Flyers for Claude Giroux when the Flyers inquired about Jay Bouwmeester. The Flyers obviously said no. The Kings asked the Flyers for Sean Couturier when they were shopping Jonathan Bernier.

    Oilers owner Daryl Katz is thought to be the driving force behind the Oilers draft Nail Yakupov over Ryan Murray.

    Friedman asked Ilya Kovalchuk at the Olympics if he would return to the NHL, Kovalchuk laughed and said he has three years left on his KHL deal and we’ll see.

  • Mike Harrington: “No shock the NHL is worried about tanking for top picks, given what’s gone on in the NBA and the charade #Sabres pulled in October.” … “@JeremyWGR et al – charade was starting season w/4 teen-agers, first team in NHL to play a single game in 18 years. Trading UFAs is fine. The Sabres have traded their UFAs and have bad NHL players now. Fair enough. Starting 4 teen-agers was an open tank. That’s my point.”
  • Randy Miller of NJ.com: Devils Martin Brodeur said back when he, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter were unrestricted free agent in 2012, Parise was “pretty close” to remaining with the Devils and luring Suter. Brodeur signed a two-year $9 million deal with the Devils, Parise and Suter signed with the Wild.

    “Listen, I was on the phone with Zach while I was doing my thing two years ago,” Brodeur said. “We were in the same boat. We’d talk and he’d ask me, ‘Are you going to come back?’ We had a lot of conversations. I was supposed to get on the phone with Suter. I never got to the phone with him, but we were talking about it.”

    “Zach was pretty close to coming back here,” Brodeur said. “It’s not something that he wanted at no cost getting out of New Jersey, like other guys when they hit free agency you knew it was all over for them. He and Suter were pretty close, and anywhere they were going to go, it was a package deal probably.”

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Morning Rumors: Miller, Flames, Downie, Vanek, Stastny, Cammalleri, Draft Lottery and Hotstove Video

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The NHLPA would like to see the trapezoid removed to help protect defenseman.

Whether Ryan Miller is with Blues next year will depend on what post-season success they have and what his salary demands are. The Canucks may be a good option for Miller. The Ducks could be another option if he would take a three or four year deal in the $5 million per season range.

Joe Nieuwendyk may be at the top of the Flames GM search list. George McPhee could become a candidate. He doesn’t have a contract beyond July 1st.

The Flyers haven’t held contract talks with Steve Downie. He’d like to stay. Talk is they offered him around the league at the deadline.

The Canadiens were the only team that would take Thomas Vanek without having the Islanders pick up money. The Kings, Penguins, Senators, Wild and Sharks were interested.

The Avalanche and Paul Stastny won’t hold talks until the offseason. Stastny may get offers in the $6.5 to $7 million if he goes to the open market.

A third round pick was the best a team offered the Flames for Mike Cammalleri.

Corey Pronman: “Elliotte Friedman says consideration for draft lottery include draws for top 3/5, and weighing 1-14 picks by 5 year history of those slots Win%”

Hotstove: Backstrom and the Olympics … Markus Nasland and the Canucks … GM meetings

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