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Posted On Saturday, 02.25.2012 / 2:58 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - At the Rink blog

Young Wings will be happy to see deadline pass

DETROIT -- Cory Emmerton, like many young players, will have a little sense of relief after the Monday trade deadline comes and goes.

The Detroit Red Wings rookie center isn't part of speculation, but many players don't really know if they're staying or going until after the deadline passes -- especially young guys.

"It's kind of nice when it's all said and done," Emmerton said on Saturday morning. "As much as you say you don't think about it, it's  always there. It's just part of hockey. It's more of a media thing. It's the biggest day of the year in Canada."

Emmerton actually finds that part of it entertaining.

"It's funny how they make a big production out of it," he said. "It'll be fun when it's overwith and we can just worry about playing hockey and not have to worry about what's going on with trades in the League."

Forward Justin Abdelkader, who turned 25 on Saturday, agrees.

"Obviously it's always a time of year when you never know, teams are always looking to upgrade their rosters," he said. "Players always have it in the backs of their minds. You can't really worry about it. You just have to go out and play. When it passes you don't need to worry anymore, but it's one of those things where you can control what you can control. Just go out there, play hard and do your best."

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has already pulled off a trade on Tuesday to bring in 26-year old defenseman Kyle Quincey from the Colorado Avalanche in a three-team deal that gives Detroit depth on the blue line with eight NHL defensemen.

Backup goalie Joey MacDonald has a firm handle on that role, so all that's really left to address -- if anything -- is a depth forward to help replace the likely loss of Patrick Eaves (concussion) for the rest of the season.

"We’re all in our organization and as a management group right now focused on if we can improve our team," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "At the same time, we like our team. If there’s something there that can help us and makes sense, then that’s a great thing. Change just to change isn’t going to be the approach."
Posted On Saturday, 02.25.2012 / 2:51 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - At the Rink blog

Datysuk better, but not skating yet

DETROIT -- His knee continues to recover from the arthroscopic knee surgery that was performed on Tuesday, but Detroit Red Wings star center Pavel Datsyuk hasn't gotten back onto the ice just yet.

The dynamic Russian two-way centerman continues to do rehab work off the ice, but said he's glad he had the procedure to clean up a ligament fragment now rather than waiting. Datsyuk could be out up to two more weeks or longer, but is expected to be fully recovered by the time the playoffs start.

"Yeah, it's better now," Datsyuk said on Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. "I'm lucky to have [it done] now and not late in the season. I have more time to come back.''

Datsyuk said he was getting closer to skating on his own, but sometimes it can be difficult to tell whether he's being 100 percent serious.

"I would like to skate [Sunday] but maybe we have day off and I not come," Datsyuk said, smiling. "I'm not sure."

A reporter asked if he might try to skate somewhere other than Joe Louis Arena on Sunday.

"Yeah, I skate somewhere else," Datsyuk said, now clearly joking. "Maybe in Russia."
Posted On Saturday, 02.25.2012 / 1:34 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - At the Rink blog

Wings look to get back to basics, winning ways

DETROIT – It's not about starting a new home winning streak for the Detroit Red Wings as much it is about getting back to the basics of what helped them reel off an NHL record 23 straight victories at Joe Louis Arena in the first place.

They need to skate better than they have the past two games, both one-goal losses, and they need to fix their puck-possession game – which, when it's right, is dominant.  The hurdle on Saturday night (7 p.m.) will be doing it against the hungry, athletic Colorado Avalanche (31-37-4), who have won two straight games including a 5-0 thrashing of the Columbus Blue Jackets in Ohio on Friday night.

Colorado finds itself deadlocked in the Western Conference standings at 66 points with two other teams – who are all two points behind the Dallas Stars for the final playoff spot. So, the Avs ought to be highly motivated.

Detroit (41-18-3) should be, too, after Vancouver passed the Red Wings by a point for the top spot in the West after winning on Friday night in New Jersey.

"They’ve won their last two games total and they’re playing well," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said of the Avs on Saturday morning at Joe Louis Arena. "They play fast, and they’ve got some skill up front. Their back end is young, but they’ve got some good skill. They’re going to be a test. The other thing is, we haven’t been as good. You’ve got to reestablish how you play and your structure."

The Red Wings will also try to accomplish that for the third straight game without star center Pavel Datsyuk, who could be out for up to two more weeks recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery this past Tuesday.

The dynamic Russian two-way centerman's prowess in the faceoff circle – among all other facets of his game – has been noticeably missed in the last two games against the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks, which leads to the Wings not possessing the puck as much as they'd like.

Babcock said it's merely another opportunity for somebody else to step forward and fill the gap until Datsyuk returns.

"It’s important that you can have enough guys to keep everybody hungry," Babcock said. "It’s like anything. Am I satisfied with our scoring ability without Pav? Am I satisfied with our defense without Pav? Well, I like having Pav on the team. We don’t have him on the team, but opportunity knocks for somebody else."

Newly-acquired Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey – who was traded from the Colorado Avalanche in a three-team deal on Tuesday – didn't meet with reporters prior to the game after making a few comments about his former teammates "having their bags packed" hoping to be traded.

After Friday's practice, Quincey said the comments – which he gave to reporters in Detroit on Thursday – were taken out of context and didn't think they should be bulletin board material for Saturday night's game against the Avs.

Colorado only held a sparsely-attended optional skate at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday morning and didn't have many players who will play in the game available for comment.

Here is how the Avalanche and Red Wings will likely line up to start Saturday night's game:


Matt Duchene - Paul Statsny - Milan Hejduk
Gabriel Landeskog - Ryan O'Reilly - Steve Downie
Daniel Winnik - Mark Olver - David Jones
Cody McLeod - Jay McClement - Chuck Kobasew

Shane O'Brien - Erik Johnson
Jan Hejda - Ryan Wilson
Stefan Elliott - Matt Hunwick

Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Semyon Varlamov


Johan Franzen - Henrik Zetterberg - Todd Bertuzzi
Jiri Hudler - Valtteri Filppula - Danny Cleary
Drew Miller - Darren Helm - Justin Abdelkader
Jan Mursak - Cory Emmerton - Tomas Holmstrom

Nicklas Lidstrom - Ian White
Niklas Kronwall - Brad Stuart
Jonathan Ericsson - Kyle Quincey

Jimmy Howard
Joey MacDonald
Posted On Friday, 02.24.2012 / 5:06 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - At the Rink blog

Quincey says remarks about Avs 'came out wrong'

DETROIT -- During his first media session in the Detroit Red Wings' locker room on Thursday morning, newly-acquired defenseman Kyle Quincey sounded an awful lot like he was ripping his former team, the Colorado Avalanche, which traded him as part of a three-team deal that also involved the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings.

Quincey said a lot of Colorado's players "had their bags packed" and were waiting to get dealt like he did -- and were probably upset they weren't part of a package deal with him. About 24 hours later, the 26-year old Quincey was asked about the comments, especially since the Avs are coming into Detroit to play the Red Wings on Saturday night.

"That was taken out of context and I didn't mean any of that," Quincey said. "It wasn't all in Colorado, it was the whole League. Everyone until Monday at [3 p.m.] is pretty anxious. That goes for everybody, not just Colorado. Everybody in the League. I don't want to put any of my former teammates in hot soup. I regret saying the stuff that I did, but it wasn't towards them."

He then had some glowing remarks for two-plus years spent with the Avs.

"Colorado is an unbelievable place to play," Quincey said. "I had a great time there. I love it there. I bought a house there and that's my home now. So, the last thing I want to do is get them upset with me."

Quincey said he hadn't been contacted by any of his former teammates about the comments, but it does give a new twist to Saturday's matchup at Joe Louis Arena.

"I haven't talked to any of them at all, but they know me and they know that I'm not a negative person at all … so they know that I didn't mean that at all," said Quincey, who scored a goal in first game after the trade that returned him to the team that drafted him in 2003. "Obviously, being [in Colorado] for three years and how much I liked that organization and what they did for me, I have nothing but positive things to say and those things came out wrong."

Is the former Avs defenseman looking forward to facing his old teammates so quicky?

"It's going to be weird," Quincey said after Friday's practice. "I remember the first time I came back here [to Joe Louis Arena], I was squeezing the stick pretty hard. I think the biggest challenge is going to be going back to Pepsi Center, but I'm looking forward to it."

As for that first game back in a Red Wings uniform since leaving via the waivers process in 2008, it was kind of a roller coaster for Quincey. He put the Vancouver Canucks on the power play with a pair of minor penalties in the second period, then scored a goal early in the third for a 2-1 lead before finding himself on the ice when Daniel Sedin sent it to overtime with just 15.4 seconds left in regulation.

"The second period with the two penalties, I'd like to have those back," Quincey said. "They were weak penalties, not very good penalties by myself, and I wanted to get that back … and scoring that goal was just an unbelievable feeling. I was hoping that it was going to be the game-winner, but you have to give [Vancouver] credit. They're a great team. They played well going down the stretch and they didn’t give up. They did the same exact thing to us two weeks ago in Colorado and I was like, 'This is déjà vu.'"
Posted On Thursday, 02.23.2012 / 3:26 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - At the Rink blog

Quincey thrilled to be back where he started

DETROIT -- The new face inside the Detroit Red Wings locker room on Thursday morning was actually a familiar face.

Kyle Quincey made a familiar walk down the hallway decorated with Red Wings history, hung a left turn and headed straight into the locker room where he made his NHL debut with Detroit in 2005. After departing the Red Wings through the waivers process and being claimed by the Los Angeles Kings, Quincey developed into a solid NHL defenseman.

He spent one year in Los Angeles and the next three in Colorado, before being dealt back to Detroit on Tuesday in a three-team deal that had his head spinning when he finally got to his cell phone.

"I think I was the last to find out," said the 26-year old Quincey, a restricted free agent after this season. "I was in the dentist's chair and I had about 50 messages when I got out. The trade was already made with Detroit before I found out, so that was kind of nice. All my buddies in Tampa were calling, excited, but I guess they'll have to wait."

His buddies in Detroit only had to wait until Thursday morning, when he showed up at Joe Louis Arena once again as a Red Wing. How has Quincey changed as a player since the last time he wore the Winged Wheel logo on his chest?

"Last time I was here I didn't have any confidence," said Quincey, whom Detroit took in the fourth round of 2003 NHL Draft [No. 132]. "I was just a young guy trying to squeak under the radar, but getting the opportunity and getting the confidence and knowing I can be a good player in the NHL, play good minutes, it's huge. I'm just so excited to come back to this team."

Almost as excited as he was to leave. Getting claimed by the Kings off waivers wasn't all that painful for Quincey to accept, mainly because he knew the opportunity ahead of him was a good one.

"At the time it was actually awesome because it gave me the opportunity to play," said Quincey, who played just 13 regular season games with the Red Wings spread over three seasons. "If I went through waivers and went to Grand Rapids [again], that would have been real frustrating. But if you ask a lot of guys that aren't playing, they'd
probably asked to get waived. That's the great system we have, the CBA. It's a rule that helped my career. Who knows, I could still be in Grand Rapids. I'm very fortunate [the Kings] took a chance on me. I just went from there. I told [Holland] that back then, 'Thanks for the opportunity and I appreciate it.'"

On Thursday morning, Holland had a message for him.

"I just saw him on my way to the ice, so it wasn't that much, but we smiled and he just said, 'Welcome back,' and just laughed," Quincey said. "I was glad to be back, for sure."

He not only knows all but three Red Wings players from his previous stint here, but he's also happy to be back in coach Mike Babcock's system -- where he'll start out paired with Jonathan Ericsson on the third defense unit, get some time on the second power-play group and maybe log some penalty-kill time.

"I played with [Ericsson] in Grand Rapids," Quincey said. "Hopefully it's a pretty seamless transition. This system by far, with [Babcock], is by far the best I've ever played in. Absolute nightmare playing against these guys, so I'm glad I'm on the other side of the puck. I'm happy to be back in this system. I think it's good for everybody. Players with skill … they have so much of it here. By far the best system I've ever played in."

Will the skills that got him established in Los Angeles and Colorado fit back in with that system?

"For sure," Quincey said. "A lot of other teams try to get you to rim the puck along the glass and I know these guys don't like that. I'm all for that. I don't like giving the puck up either. I'm excited to play in this system."

Babcock and Holland are pretty stoked about it, too. Now the Red Wings have eight NHL-caliber defensemen, so if injury strikes they'll be prepared down the stretch and into the postseason.

"He's a good player," Babcock said. "It gives us depth. We're in a situation now where we have a lot of top-four [defensemen]. We think it's great for now and it's really great for the future of our team."
Posted On Thursday, 02.23.2012 / 2:48 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - At the Rink blog

Two days after surgery, Datsyuk already eyes return

DETROIT -- Star Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk underwent minor arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday, but don't be fooled into thinking he's just reclining in a comfy chair for a few days.

Datsyuk was at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday morning getting started on off-ice workouts and wondering when he'll be able to get back on the ice just to get skating again.

"Yeah, for sure, no time to relax," Datsyuk said, when asked if he'd begin working out off the ice since having the surgical procedure. "No free tickets to Florida. I need to work out."

Datsyuk was having a great season before it was interrupted by a twinge in his knee that didn't feel right after Detroit's last home game -- a 3-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday that pushed the Red Wings' NHL-record home winning streak to 23 games.

He's amassed 59 points in 59 games (16 goals and 43 assists) and was again near the top of the League in takeaways. Something happened in the San Jose game, however, that caused Datsyuk to mention how his knee felt to Red Wings athletic trainer Piet Van Zant. An MRI was performed, which showed a loose fragment of cartilage that needed to be cleaned up.

"I felt something in my leg, needed to check it," Datsyuk told reporters on Thursday. "I felt it after San Jose game. Maybe it was bothering me a little bit [before], but not like what happened in San Jose game."

When does the jovial superstar hope to get back into some skates and go for a spin?

"Tomorrow," Datsyuk deadpanned.

Really … that soon?

"No," Datsyuk said. "Maybe not. We'll see."

The initial timetable for a return to game action was between two and three weeks, which Datsyuk is hopeful will be the case.
Posted On Thursday, 02.23.2012 / 1:50 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - At the Rink blog

Canucks get their chance to end Wings' home streak

DETROIT -- The Vancouver Canucks got what they were hoping for a couple of weeks ago, when they noticed the Detroit Red Wings had a remarkable home winning streak going.

The Canucks (38-16-6) said they've been rooting for the Red Wings (41-18-2) to extend their streak until Vancouver rolled into town on Thursday night for a matchup of the top two teams in both the Western Conference and League standings (7:30 p.m., NHLN) -- and that's exactly what happened.

Detroit's NHL record home streak stands at 23 straight games and the Canucks are eager to give it their best shot to make sure it doesn't get to 24.

"It's fun," Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo said after a morning workout at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday. "It's a great challenge for our team. We're excited about it and I think guys want to put out a great effort tonight to try and break the streak."

He's also not concerned that comments made by him or his teammates provided bulletin board material for the Wings.

"I didn't say we were going to beat them," Luongo said. "I said it was a challenge for us to come here and try to beat them. I mean, I think guys are excited about that. I never said we were going to come in here and win. I just said we were excited about the opportunity and that it's a great challenge for our team to try and do something special."

The Red Wings feel likewise about their record mark, which they'd like to extend as long as possible. They'll still be without star center Pavel Datsyuk (knee), however, so the challenge to keep the streak alive gets even greater against the highly-skilled Canucks -- whose 20-10-2 road record is the best in the League.

"I like playing Vancouver," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said of the matchup. "It'll be a good test for us."

It will also be the first time defenseman Kyle Quincey pulls on the Red Wings sweater again, after being traded back to the team that originally drafted him in 2003 from both the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning as part of a three-team deal on Tuesday.

His first game with the Wings this season also happens to be one in which Detroit's trying to keep its impressive streak alive.

"I was thinking about that," said Quincey, who will start out with Jonathan Ericsson on Detroit's third pairing along with getting some time on the power-play and penalty-kill units. "A lot of people were asking me about [playing] Colorado on Saturday night, but trust me I'm really focused on tonight. I don't want to be the guy who messes that up. But these guys aren't talking about that, they're just trying to get the win. And I know [Vancouver] is pretty close behind us. It'll be a big game, exciting game to watch."

Here is how the Canucks and Red Wings will likely line up on Thursday night:

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alexandre Burrows
David Booth - Ryan Kesler - Mason Raymond
Chris Higgins - Cody Hodgson - Jannik Hansen
Manny Malhotra - Maxim Lapierre - Dale Weise

Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa
Alexander Edler - Sami Salo
Aaron Rome - Christopher Tanev

Roberto Luongo
Cory Schneider

Johan Franzen - Henrik Zetterberg - Todd Bertuzzi
Danny Cleary - Valtteri Filppula - Jiri Hudler
Drew Miller - Darren Helm - Justin Abdelkader
Jan Mursak - Cory Emmerton - Tomas Holmstrom

Nicklas Lidstrom - Ian White
Niklas Kronwall - Brad Stuart
Jonathan Ericsson - Kyle Quincey

Jimmy Howard
Joey MacDonald
Posted On Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 10:13 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - Countdown to the Trade Deadline blog

After nabbing Quincey, Wings mull further moves

CHICAGO – Hours after completing a trade to bring in defenseman Kyle Quincey as part of a three-team deal, Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland didn’t rule out making another deal before Monday’s trade deadline expires.

Quincey’s addition gives the Red Wings eight NHL defensemen and the recent play of goalie Joey MacDonald has settled the backup role in net, but that doesn’t mean Detroit is necessarily done wheeling and

“I'm going to kick the tires,” Holland told prior to his team playing the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night at the United Center. “We're done in goal, we're done on defense. We might be done. We'll see."

As for what might pique Holland’s interest now, think forwards – big forwards. Also, don’t be surprised if the Red Wings stand pat after Tuesday’s deal between his club, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche.

“You’re always looking for grit and size and experience,” Holland said. “We’ll see. It’s got to be a fit. At the end of the day, this (Quincey) trade was about a fit for three teams.”
Posted On Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 4:36 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - At the Rink blog

Injury in past, Bickell beginning to find his way

CHICAGO -- He's waited all season to feel like this, but now Bryan Bickell is finally starting to play up to the expectations that were heaped on the hulking Chicago Blackhawks forward coming into the season.

After scoring 17 goals and finishing with 37 points in 78 games last season -- his first full NHL campaign -- the 6-foot-4, 233-pound Bickell was thought to be a potential 20-goal scorer in the making. The way he played in a rout of the Vancouver Canucks in the fourth game of what turned out to be a classic seven-game series made the expectations even greater.

Bickell severed a tendon in that game on a skate blade, however, and needed surgery to repair it. Until recently, he's floundered this season trying to find both his deadly wrist shot and the confidence to fire it more often.

Bickell scored just 4 goals and added 5 assists in the first 54 games this season and was a healthy scratch 11 times. But something clicked during Chicago's recent nine-game road trip, starting with a goal scored on Feb. 10 in San Jose.

Chicago lost the game, but Bickell started to play like he did a year ago -- adding another goal and two more helpers in the next five games, the last three resulting in Hawks wins.

"It's a new page and it's good," said Bickell, who's playing left wing on Chicago's third line with Dave Bolland in the middle and Viktor Stalberg on the right wing. "I think there's light at the end of the tunnel and our line with Bolly's been playing good, which is huge for our team and it's nice to see. We've got to keep things going the right way."

What's been the key to Bickell's game changing back toward the positive?

"I think playing [defense] is the biggest part," Bickell said after Tuesday's morning skate, prior to facing the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at the United Center (8 p.m., NBCSN, TBS2). "Then our offensive chances will come."

As for his own confidence level?

"It's where it was last year," Bickell said. "I know last year was a good year for me, and coming into this year there were a lot higher expectations of me. It was a slow start and it's been a slow, bumpy ride until now. I just need to keep this up and give this team everything I can do to win."

One of those things is simply shooting the puck more. Bickell had a deadly-accurate and hard wrist shot last season, which is one reason he scored 17 goals. Did the severed tendon affect it in any way?

"It's not where it was, but mentally it feels the same," Bickell said of his wrist shot. "I just need to shoot more. A lot of guys around this room think I have a good shot and I need to use it more."

The same can be said for his size, which he gets criticized for not using more as a checking-line winger.

"We're missing [Daniel Carcillo] for the rest of the year, who is a big physical guy, so it makes me have to step up more and be more physical," Bickell said. "Now we've got [Jimmy Hayes] here, too, so we can be more physical. I hope me and him can throw some guys around."
Posted On Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 2:42 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - At the Rink blog

Wings' Conklin clears waivers, assigned to AHL

CHICAGO -- The Detroit Red Wings had room to carry three goalies if they wanted, but decided instead to put veteran backup Ty Conklin on waivers Monday afternoon.

He cleared waivers on Tuesday and headed to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, where he'll get the majority of minutes.

"I think Ty Conklin needs to play,” Detroit general manager Ken Holland told reporters on Monday. "He hasn't really got it going. His starts have been sporadic, and I think his play has probably been sporadic. He's played some good games and played some games not so good. We're running a risk he'll get claimed on waivers. We've prepared to take that risk. Jimmy Howard's finger … we believe he's ready to roll, but we don't know until he gets at it."

Howard will get the start on Tuesday night in Chicago (NBCSN, TSN2), while 32-year old Joey MacDonald will be the backup. Conklin started the season as Howard's backup, but struggled in most of his opportunities to play and lasted only one period on Feb. 2 in Edmonton in an effort to replace Howard after he went down with a broken finger on Jan. 31 in Vancouver.

MacDonald, Detroit's backup for much of last season, relieved Conklin and didn't come out of the net for the next seven games. He won the last six in a row at Joe Louis Arena to help the Wings set an NHL record with 23 straight home wins.

"Obviously, Joey has been a great story for us," Holland said. "I still think Ty has some good hockey in him and still has some good games left in him. I just talked to him. He hasn't played a lot and hasn't had a really good chance to get it going. It opened a crack and Joey MacDonald grabbed it."

While pleased to be staying in the NHL, MacDonald realizes his job description changes now that Howard is coming back. Howard rarely came out of the net before he got hurt and loves to absorb playing time -- like most goalies. MacDonald started seven straight games and went 6-1-1 in eight appearances filling in for Howard. He also posted stellar secondary numbers, with a 1.66 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.

Will it be a difficult switch for MacDonald to now sit most of the time?

"I don't think so," MacDonald said. "I've been around and I know what to expect. Last year, Howie was doing awesome and I just kind of waited and waited and waited and got a start every now and then. That's the thing with a backup goalie. You got to be ready at all times and whatever it is, if it's next week or whenever my next start is, I just got to be ready and just perform the same way as I have been over the last couple of weeks."

The Wings also see the situation as a plus for the organization, especially if Conklin finds his game down in the minors.

"It's the old 'What have you done for me lately?' and Joey MacDonald has been an incredible story for us the last two weeks," Holland said. "If the other guy goes down and lights it up for two weeks and Joey comes off it, we're in a position [then] that they've both cleared waivers. Joey MacDonald is in a groove right now. We need Ty Conklin playing. We still think he's still got good hockey in him. We've seen it this year."

Ironically, one of Conklin's best performances this season came in Chicago on Jan. 8, when he gave up two quick goals in the first period and then shut the Blackhawks down the rest of the way -- setting the stage for Pavel Datsyuk's game-winning goal late in overtime in a 3-2 Detroit win.

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