Rumor Roundup: What to watch as trade deadline draws near

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With the 2015 NHL All-Star Game now history and teams returning to action on Tuesday, the focus shifts toward the approaching NHL trade deadline on March 2. It’s expected trade activity will increase over the next five weeks as more clubs fall out of playoff contention.

As the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch observes, only four teams – Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers – can be considered non-contenders and therefore sellers in the trade market. Between now and the trade deadline, Garrioch believes they will be joined by the Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers. Read more

Which skills are the hardest? The all-stars weigh in

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COLUMBUS – The moves that NHLers can pull off are incredibly impressive, especially since they perform them in front of thousands of people live and many more on TV. The All-Star Game’s skills competition puts many of those tricks on display, but which are actually the hardest? The players themselves have weighed in.

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Five players you can expect to be dealt after the All-Star break

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In the salary cap era, trades before the All-Star break are becoming increasingly rare. But once the All-Star festivities come to an end and teams get back to business, the trade winds really start picking up.

There are several players that have been headlining trade talks from opening night, and with only five weeks remaining until the March 2 trade deadline, you can be expecting there will be a few significant moves made. These are five players you can expect to be traded following the break. Read more

Ill Sens GM Bryan Murray likely to step down at end of season, but will choose successor

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Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray is in the midst of battling Stage 4 cancer that began in his colon and has since spread to his lungs and liver. He is answering a bleak future by carrying on every day as normally as he can, and in doing so, he’s become a model for anyone facing adversity. But the 72-year-old veteran NHL executive is realistic enough to know his days running the franchise are nearing an end – most likely at the conclusion of the current season – and to the credit of Sens owner Eugene Melnyk, Murray has been given free reign to select his successor.

In a moving interview with the Ottawa Citizen’s Wayne Scanlan, Murray said that, because of his condition, he’ll likely resign as Sens GM this summer, but added that Melnynk is giving him the chance to decide on the best person to replace him.

“I think I’ve got to take a look at it at the end of this year,” Murray said of stepping down. “All Eugene said to me was, ‘You’re going to pick the next guy, Bryan. Work with me on it, but you come up with when you’re going to transfer it over.’”

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How Bryan Murray helped me face my fears

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I woke up Wednesday morning on a stretcher in the recovery room at the hospital and the first thing that came to my mind was, “They’d better do this soon because these drugs are really starting to wear off.”

It was right around then the nurse came by and asked me whether I remembered speaking to the doctor. “Yeah, he came to talk to me while I was getting the anesthetic,” I said.

“You don’t remember talking to him after the procedure?” she said.

“What do you mean after? It hasn’t already been done, has it?” I asked. Read more

Rumor Roundup: As Hurricanes, Senators slide, trade talks heat up

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The Carolina Hurricanes are on a hot streak of late, winning six of the last 10 games entering the All-Star break. Despite this improvement, however, the Hurricanes remain mired near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, sitting 19 points out of playoff contention.

It’s assumed Hurricanes GM Ron Francis will be a seller by the March 2 trade deadline. Defenseman Andrej Sekera, an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, could attract the most interest. The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson thinks Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford, who acquired Sekera during his tenure as Hurricanes GM, might come calling now that Olli Maatta is out for the season with a shoulder injury. Read more

The 10 best Hasek saves, on the day the Sabres retire his jersey

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Dominik Hasek was an innovator, a hero, and one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history. Tonight, the Buffalo Sabres will retire his jersey in honor of his incredible career.

With the most unique goaltending style in the history of the game, Hasek dazzled fans well into his 40s. From the snow angel saves to rolling pad-stacking stops that left your jaw on the floor, Hasek could do it all. One of the most exciting players of the past two decades, these are the top 10 stops of Hasek’s career. Read more