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Morning Hits II: Pietrangelo, Couture’s thoughts for Kadri, Pitkanen, Hainsey, Lindholm and Mueller

  • Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Alex Pietrangelo’s only leverage in contract talks is his talent. The Blues have leverage on service time, his desire to play in the Olympic and how the Blues are a rising team. They could do a deal ranging from two to eight years. A shorter deal may be in the $3 million range, with a longer deal in the $5.5 to $7 million range. Pietrangelo and the Blues have until December 1st to agree on a deal. The Blues believe a deal will get done and would match any offer sheet. Pietrangelo’s agents are likely comparing with Drew Doughty who got a six-year, $42 million deal. Pietrangelo: 121 points and a +25 in 224 games. Doughty: 126 points and a +16 in 239 games. Blues GM Doug Armstrong wants,

    “to get this done as quickly as possible.” He continued: “We want our fans to know we’re working hard to come to resolution with a player we trust and respect and who wants to be in St. Louis. We don’t’ take it personally. We think Alex understands it’s a business.”

    “We’re going to sign him when we’re comfortable and he’s comfortable — and not before that,” Armstrong said. “It’s not going to be influenced by win-loss record.”

  • Chris Johnston of SportsNet: Sharks Logan Courture thinks that Nazem Kadri should follow what he did when he was in that situation, sign a short-term deal and look to hit a home run on the next deal.

    “I don’t know why he doesn’t just do a two-year deal,” Couture told sportsnet.ca on Thursday during the NHL’s player media tour. “Play and have a good two years like you know you can and then you’ll sign a nice deal after. You’ve just got to be confident that you’re going to have two good years.”

    Couture signed a two-year, $5.75 million in 2012 and signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension this past summer.

    Matt Duchene did something similar and has no regrets about it.

    “At the end of the day, maybe I lost a few bucks at the end of my career in those two years that I could have potentially made if my third year had gone differently,” Duchene said. “But that’s not what I’m about, that’s not what it’s about for me. We’re all making great livings here and it’s not going to make a difference in the way I live my life and my well-being.

    “I’m not too worried about it – the motivation was more beneficial than those extra dollars would have been.”

  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The long-term future of Joni Pitkanen and his heal injury are still in question and they might have to look at finding a defensive replacement, taking the money that could be available away from bringing in a forward.

    “Especially with Joni’s situation, we have to keep our eyes on how much cap room we have,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday. “There’s a little more priority for a defenseman.”

    Ron Hainsey is still available and could be a capable replacement for Pitkanen if needed. Hainsey could be still available due to the role he played for the NHLPA during the lockout. Up front, the Hurricanes could use some size, penalty killers, fourth line depth, and a top nine player. The Hurricanes continue to have discussions with Brenden Morrow, Hainsey and others.

    “Until we have an idea how long (Pitkanen) is out, we’ll try to replace him with what we’ve got,” Rutherford said. “We’re pretty sure he’s not going to be starting the season.”

  • Mike Morreale: Hurricanes 2013 1st round pick Elias Lindholm’s shoulder is almost ready for game action.
  • Dobber Hockey: Peter Meuller signed with the Kloten Flyers of the Swiss League.

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Morning Hits II: Alfredsson, McDonagh, Sabres, Flames, Jagr, Cleary, Raymond and Grabovski

  • Bruce Garrioch: Garrioch thinks that the Stars were one of the six teams that called Daniel Alfredsson, joining the Sharks, Canadiens, Bruins and Red Wings.
  • Larry Brooks: The Rangers and Ryan McDonagh are “getting closer to a deal.”
  • Mike Harrington: Harrington thinks the Sabres should target Damien Brunner or Brenden Morrow.
  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Sportak lists six centers who the Flames should target: Marcus Kruger, Paul Stastny, Peter Mueller, David Perron, Sean Couturier and Damien Brunner.
  • Larry Lage of the Globe and Mail: Teams are “very interested” in Jaromir Jagr, but it could take some time before he signs.

    “He definitely still wants to play and there is some interest in him,” Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, told The Associated Press on Saturday afternoon. “I think it’s going to take some time, but you never know for sure because there are three teams that are very interested.”

    It might also be some time before Daniel Cleary and Mason Raymond sign. Their agent, J.P. Barry

    “We’ve touched based with several teams and many of them are being patient at this point,” Barry said Saturday. “We’ve got options for (Cleary and Raymond), but we’re in a holding pattern with each of them because I think everyone is taking a breath this weekend.

    “I’ve been through about 15 of these, and there is always a frenzy of moves then a pause to reassess and then a second wave. It’s tough to predict when that second wave will happen, so we’re always on call when teams are ready.”

  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Mikhail Grabovski’s agent, Gary Greenstin, “I never comment on negotiations, but several teams are interested.”

    “He’s going to stay here, he’s not going back to the KHL. He wants to win a Stanley Cup. Toronto is a nice spot and he played with great respect for the fans. He wants to come back to that place (the Air Canada Centre) and a score a goal against the Leafs. That would be really fun.”

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Quick Hits: Bergeron, Heatley, Rinaldo, Plekanec, Bjustad, Hossa, Bolland, Gaborik, Dubinsky and Soderberg

  • Fluto Shinzawa: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirms that center Patrice Bergeron has a concussion.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Wild Dany Heatley will be out for a while after what looks to be a wrist injury from an altercation with Sharks Marc-Edward Vlasic.
    “He just swung at me and I swung at him,” Vlasic said. “He could have easily hit me. I wasn’t intending to hurt him. I just wanted to slash him because he took a swing at me and missed. He got me the shift before. If he’s going to slash me, I’m going to defend myself and just swing back and unfortunately I got him. I didn’t want to hurt him. If he’s going to slash me I was just defending myself and swung back.
    “… Unfortunately I got him in the wrist or shoulder. I’m not sure where I got him. That was not my intent. My intent was just to defend myself.”
  • Sarah Baicker: Flyers Zach Rinaldo suffered a lower-body and left last night’s game.
  • Dave Stubbs: Tomas Plekanec has a groin injury and is day-to-day. He’s unlikely to play tonight and on Saturday.
  • Harvey Fialkov:  Dale Tallon said that Nick Bjustad is on his way to Florida and will play on Saturday. He’s also confident that he can re-sign Peter Mueller after the season.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland will play on Thursday, Patrick Sharp won’t.
  • Dan Rosen: Marian Gaborik confirms that he’ll be in the Blue Jackets lineup against the Predators.
  • Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets activated center Brandon Dubinsky and winger Nick Foligno from the IR.
  • Fluto Shinzawa: Expect the Bruins to go with Rich Peverley centering Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin. Kaspers Daugavins to center the 3rd line.
  • Jimmy Murphy: No updates on Bruins Carl Soderberg’s status. They hope to get him over before the end of the season.
  • Mark Lazerus: Cory Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks.

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Morning notes on Doan, Kostitsyn, Neuvirth, Mueller, Predators, CBA stuff and Fehr’s press conference video

  • Ben Kuzma via twitter: Canucks GM Mike Gillis on Shane Doan: “We’ve been in constant contact. He’s clearly a player we’d like to have in Vancouver and we’re going to wait it out.”
  • Rick Stephens of All Habs: Stephens responds to a question that Andrei Kostitsyn may be the most “interesting” free agent out there.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth,

    “Obviously, I have a plan B,” Neuvirth said after an on-ice workout at KCI on Thursday. “I got a few offers from Europe but I haven’t decided. I still want to play here the whole season.”

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Panthers Peter Mueller is anxious to get back playing after years of dealing with concussion issues. Mueller signed a 1 year, $1.725 million deal in July:

    “It’s 100 percent behind me. I tell people all the time I haven’t felt this clear since my first year which is awesome,’’

    “I feel great on the ice and in the weight room, just in overall health, I feel a lot better than what I’m used to to, so that’s exciting and encouraging.

    “In some aspects I’m like a rookie again, obviously with the past. I’m thrilled to be with all these new faces and everyone’s welcomed me with open arms. It’s not every day you can play hockey in South Florida.’’

  • Duane Marsteller of the Tennessean: The Predators charter air service cancelled their contract with the team due to financial issues. The company also cancelled  contracts with the Avalanche, Nuggets and Suns. Swift Air LLC kept it’s contract with the Bruins, Blackhawks, Blues, Celtics and Bucks.
  • Rob Rossi via twitter: Gary Bettman said that a promising week “Ends in disappointment,” and called the NHLPAs offer a ‘response not a proposal.’ Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Bettman, “the union stood on their initial proposal.”
  • Donald Fehr’s press conference after yesterday’s meetings. The sides don’t have any meeting further scheduled. Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Fehr “”under our proposal will snap back to 57 % in the 4th year. The owners objected to that.” … ”the proposal we made today was not accepted.” … “the only sports stable in America is baseball.”

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Preds likely to match offer sheet … Sabres say no to Hasek … Murray talks to Alfie … Several teams interested in Holmstrom … Wolski a top 6

  • The Toronto Sun: Any team could sign Shea Weber to an offer sheet, but it’s likely they would match any deal. It’s likely the Predators will sign him to a long term deal or trade him.
  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Regier and coach Lindy Ruff met twice last month with Dominik Hasek, but have told Hasek they will be staying with Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth in goal.

    “One thing I am sure of: [Hasek] has no doubt in his mind that he can play,” Regier told reporters Thursday night during a break in the team’s development camp scrimmage. “I think it probably gives him a little bit of lift seeing somebody like [Martin] Brodeur play at 40 in the Stanley Cup final. I know better than to question Dom’s desire and his ability. Unfortunately, it’s not something that was going to fit here.”

    There were several internet reports that he was seeking a multi-year deal.

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray has spoke with Daniel Alfredsson a couple times, with last week being the most recent.

    “Still no final decision on anything, but very definitely a good conversation, if I can say that. I’m just waiting to find out for sure which way we are going to go.”

    “We just talked about the team, we talked about what was happening around the team, the additions and subtractions,” said Murray. “So that tells me there’s some real interest on his part, in knowing what’s going on, and I think it’s as a player. I don’t think it’s in the off-ice part of his career at this point in time.”

  • Greg Krupa of the Detroit News: Red Wings GM Ken Holland:

    “So, I don’t know if people think we’re going to have major announcements this year, next year and the year after. The league doesn’t work like that.

    “I’m confident, at some point — and it might be next year or the year after — that the history, the tradition, the commitment of our ownership, the passion of our fans, is going to all add up to having an opportunity to bring a player of significance here.”

    According to a Swedish website, Tomas Holmstrom said several team have shown an interest. Holland intends to speak with Holmstrom soon.

  • Dave Lozo via twitter: Newly signed Panther Peter Mueller said he had other offers, but the Panthers pushed the hardest to get him.

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Panthers sign Mueller … Weber-Preds to talk next week … Nothing new on Subban … Roy has surgery … Sens need to get more physical

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile on Shea Weber:

    “I talked to (his agent) Jarrett (Bousquet) yesterday and had a good conversation,” Poile said. “Shea and all his friends and people will be together this weekend for his charity golf tournament in his name in Sicamous (British Columbia). They’re going to be doing that and then we’re going to talk next week.”

    “It’s all about talking about Shea and to see if we can get him signed to a longer-term contract with the Predators,” Poile said. “My conversations have always been very positive with Shea, his role and his future with the organization in terms of where the franchise is going.”

  • Dave Stubbs via twitter: P.K. Subban’s agent, Don Meehan, said last night that there is nothing to report on contract talks between Subban and the Canadiens.
  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins are still searching for a top 6 forward to likely play with Sidney Crosby. It’s possible they could look within the organization, such as Tyler Kennedy, Eric Tangradi or Beau Bennett. The best UFA available are Shane Doan and Alexander Semin.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars center Derek Roy had shoulder surgery yesterday and will be out until November. Roy had shoulder pain last year and played through it, and he planned to do the same this year. The Stars felt it was time to fix it. Jerry Sullivan via twitter: Sullivan notes that Roy’s surgery raises serious issues  about the way the Sabres deal with injuries.
  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators could still use some more physical players to round out their roster after the departure of Matt Carkner and Zenon Konopka. 3 UFAs that might help are Brad Winchester, Zack Stortini and Matt Bradley.

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Raymond-Van settle … Pens close on Semin, big KHL offer false … Thomas-Flames rumors makes no sense … Rick Nash trade Saga

  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Alexander Semin is reportedly close to signing with the Penguins. Notable free agents still unsigned: Andrei Kostitsyn, Wojtek Wolski, Peter Mueller, Dominic Moore, Teemu Selanne, Kyle Wellwood, Jamie Langenbrunner, Jason Arnott, Carlo Colaiacovo, Jaroslav Spacek, Pavel Kubina, Kurtis Foster, Dan Ellis and Brent Johnson.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: The reports of Alexander Semin having a 3 year, $30 million offer from the KHL are false on both term and money. Semin said yesterday there is no timeline on a decision where he would sign. He wouldn’t confirm teams that have made offers.
  • Andrew Walker via twitter: Brandon Prust said that the Flames, Oilers, Predators and Rangers were interested in him on July 1st.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Rick Nash trade saga could end with one phone call, or it could drag in to the regular season. Not one Canadian team is on Nash’s list: Bruins, Red Wings, Rangers, Flyers, Penguins and Sharks.

    “It says he wants to get away,” said former NHL defenseman Brian Engblom, now an NBC analyst. “Every guy is different. Look at the kid (Justin Schultz) that just signed with Edmonton as a free agent. From what I could tell, he only wanted to play in Canada. I played in Canadian and U.S. markets, and I can tell you, it is different. To each his own. Some guys thrive on being under that microscope, of having that daily pressure of everybody watching you. And some guys really don’t like that.”

    “I don’t think Pittsburgh is a great fit,” said former NHL forward Ray Ferraro, now a broadcaster with TSN. “I mean, he’d probably score 8-10 more goals than he does now, but I just don’t think his game is a match with (Sidney) Crosby and (Evgeni) Malkin.”

    “To me, Rick Nash should not touch the puck before the offensive blue line,” said former NHL forward Ed Olczyk, now a broadcaster with the Chicago Blackhawks and NBC Sports. “I mean, yeah, drop the puck back to a defenseman, sure, but he should not be carrying the puck up the ice, and you see that too much, in my opinion.”

    “He’s going to change the way he plays with his next team, you can definitely see that,” Ferraro said. “He’s not playing junior hockey any longer if he ends up in New York (John Tortorella) and Detroit (Mike Babcock), I’ll promise you that. Those coaches will get it out of him in a hurry.”

    GM Scott Howson can’t make a bad deal. From one NHL GM:

    “I don’t blame Scott for waiting this out. He’s not supposed to do what’s right or convenient for the other teams in the league; he’s supposed to do what’s best of his club. I’d ask for the moon, too. You can’t give away a player like that.”

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Some intriguing UFA names left … Flyers notes … Maple Leafs top priorities … Subban – Canadiens talks ongoing

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: There are really only 3 places for Canucks to trade Roberto Luongo to: the Blackahwks, Panthers and Maple Leafs no matter how long it drags out. Simmons wonders if someone will sign the 38 year old Jason Blake. Some intriguing names still out there: Peter Mueller, Wojtek Wolski, Cal O’Reilly, Chris Campoli and Alex Semin.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Flyers tried and failed to sign Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, Matt Carle, and Jaromir Jagr. They did sign Ruslan Fedotenko and 3rd pairing Bruno Gervais. They might still add a veteran piece or two. They are interested in Shane Doan if he becomes available. Mike Knuble could be a possibility. Rick Nash or Bobby Ryan won’t be coming to the Flyers unless the Blue Jackets and Ducks lower their demands.
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke’s top 3 priorities: “(a) getting bigger (b) adding a veteran goaltender and (c) adding another top two centre.” Not easy holes to fill even with $12 million in cap space. This Leafs team needs more top end talent, and to keep the puck out of their net. Mirtle thinks their top 3 priorities should be: “1. A top four (and preferably top two) defenceman. 2. Another NHL calibre goaltender. 3. A top six forward (preferably a centre) who has the ability to play against other team’s top lines.”

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Rumors and Notes: Parise, Murray, Carle, Lightning, Flames and Wild options

  • Nick Kypreos via twitter: “Those asking SB do count against cap. His cap hit will be far less over entire contract. Yr 1 of 12M/2M salary guarantee’s Parise lockout $” … “#NHL teams presenting will also be asked to pay 2nd 12M SB to Parise next July 1st. That’s 24M guaranteed over 1 yr Nice eh. “
  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Senators and Maple Leafs are just 2 of the teams that have contacted the Sharks about Doug Murray. Burke made an offer at the draft for Murray.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: The Lightning will be pressing hard for a top 4 Dman today. If they can’t sign one, they’ll look to trade for one.
  • Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: The Flames may be looking for a top 6 forward, but with the looks of the UFA market, they may have to go the trade route. Jaromir Jagr could be one free agent they look at. Forwards they could consider are: Jiri Hudler, Alex Semin, Shane Doan, Brad Boyes, Brandon Prust, Jordin Tootoo and Zenon Konopka. Jay Bouwmeester trade rumors are still out there. It would be ideal if someone would take Anton Babchuk.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Wild will be trying to do everything they can to sign Zach Parise, and will look to make a move quickly. They’ll be going head-to-head with the Penguins and Red Wings. The Wild may have a better chance to sign Ryan Suter, who’s not in a hurry to sign a deal. If waiting on Suter and your plan B is Jason Garrison or Matt Carle, you may miss out on them. The Wild could be interested in Dustin Penner, Peter Mueller, Brandon Prust, Torrey Mitchell. They are expected to make a run at Jamie Langenbrunner.

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Morning Free Agent notes: Capitals send out qualifying offers … No buyouts for Sens, not too active on July 1 …”Cutdown” candidates

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals GM George McPhee confirmed that Mike Knuble and Jeff Halpern won’t be back next season, but wouldn’t say the same for pending UFAs Alexander Semin and Dennis Wideman. If all 4 are not back, that would have made up over $10.6 million in salary last year. The Capitals sent out qualifying offers for Mike Green, John Carlson, Jay Beagle and Mathieu Perreault.
  • Ian Mendes via twitter: Senators GM Bryan Murray on Erik Karlsson negotiations: “We have time. We will get it done – it’s just a matter of getting the right number.” Murray added they don’t plan on buying any players out and that they don’t expect to be too active on July 1st.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: Strickland thinks other candidates for “cutdown” arbitration are Nikolai Kulemin, Wojtek Wolski, Peter Mueller and Guilluame Latendresse.

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Morning notes on Sedin, Toews, Carter, McQuaid, Reimer, Gustavsson, McDonald, Hejduk, Mueller, Suter and Parise

  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks get some good news in that Daniel Sedin could be ready to return for the 1st round of the playoffs according to GM Mike Gillis.

    “It’s risky to make projections with these things because one day the player just may not feel right, but he’s going in the right direction,” Gillis told The Vancouver Sun. “He’s feeling a little better each day. We’re hopeful if things keep going the way they are that he’ll be available [for the first round].”

  •  Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews is getting real close to returning.

    “I’m not sure if it’s official yet, but probably,” Toews said. “If it’s not [Thursday], it will be soon, though.”

    Defenseman Steve Montador’s concussion symptoms returned on Tuesday and he’s out indefinitely.

  • Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid left last night’s game in the 1st period after being hit face-first into the boards by Jason Chimera. McQuaid has had concussion issues in the past. He was cut over the eye and was ‘woozy’ leaving the ice.

    “We’ll probably learn more (today),” coach Claude Julien said. “But for the obvious reasons that the medical staff deals with those kind of things, the minute you don’t feel right, they pull you out. So hopefully we’ll get good news (today).”

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: The Maple Leafs may shut James Reimer down for the season as a result of concussion-like symptoms returning.

    “There will be probably a point that there’ll be a decision made if he’s going to return or not,” Carlyle said. “That’s in the medical people’s hands right now. We just have to wait for clearance from everybody involved to put the player back on the ice.”

  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs pending UFA Jonas Gustavsson is trying to not think that far ahead. “What’s going to happen next year is going to wait for a while.” Gustavsson was injured in the warmups and was unable to make the start. The Leafs may look to bring in a veteran goalie next year to work with James Reimer.
  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk is considering retiring after the season.

    “It could be. I don’t want to analyze right now, but it definitely could be,” Hejduk said.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: (mailbag) Avs pending RFA Peter Mueller has been a healthy scratch for 2 games lately and would required a $2.2 million qualifying offer. Dater thinks they will likely qualify him, but it is possible they look to trade him.
  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Sources are saying that the Red Wings have sent scouts to watch the remaining games of pending UFAs Ryan Suter and Zach Parise. The Wings could be leaning more towards Suter since Nicklas Lidstrom could retire or play only one more season. B.J. Crombeen has been out with a hand injury. Roman Polak could return on Saturday.

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State of the Colorado Avalanche: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Nathan Coker, who can be found on twitter at @ncavalanche

The trade deadline is less than a week away and already the Colorado Avalanche have pulled off a trade, sending RFA defense-man Kyle Quincey to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for RFA forward Steve Downie (Tampa then flips Quincey to Detroit for a 1st). So, what does this mean for the Avs? Well, according to TSN analyst Pierre LeBrun via Twitter, another NHL GM has told him that “..’Colorado could be quite busy over the next week.’ Trade 1 is down..”. I would say that the Avs will be buyers AND sellers. Look for the Avs to be making more similar moves as the Quincey-Downie trade. They have a lot of players who are not showing up every game – and it’s costing the team in the standings. I would look at those players to be the first to leave for either draft picks or other roster players to help with the scoring.

They have a good, young core of players down the middle (Duchene, O’Reilly, Stastny) who are all play-makers. They desperately need scoring. More importantly, they need scoring WINGERS. And grit. Their top wingers are Landeskog (although a great player, hes still so young and has much to learn), Hejduk (who’s career is clearly dwindling) ,and Mueller (who seems to be injured every other week).

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