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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 3:38 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Sharks' Clowe addresses trade speculation

San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe addressed the trade rumors swirling around him following the morning skate at HP Pavilion on Monday.

Clowe, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent following the season and multiple media outlets have reported Monday that a trade is imminent.

"I'm aware of what's going on and anything happening with me has to go through me, so we'll see," Clowe said, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Clowe did not say if he thought a trade would happen Monday or at least before the deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.


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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 2:49 PM

By Barry Melrose -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Melrose Minute

Melrose: Pens team to beat despite Crosby injury

Originally I was going to talk this week about who I thought would reel in the big fish at the upcoming trade deadline on Wednesday. You might see some big names move like Edmonton's Ryan Whitney or maybe Calgary's Jay Bouwmeester, and there are definitely teams like the Boston Bruins or Chicago Blackhawks that I think will look to get deeper in certain areas before the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But something strange happened last week.

All of the big fish got traded already -- and they're all in Pittsburgh.

If you had told me eight days ago that the Pittsburgh Penguins would be sitting here with Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray, I would have said you were nuts, but the Penguins found a way to do it. The good general managers always find a way to do it, and Ray Shero's now done it a couple of times -- not only this season, but in past years with Bill Guerin and Marian Hossa. One of the main reasons Shero can make moves like this is that players know what kind of an organization the Penguins are and they want to be a part of it. Iginla wanted to go to Pittsburgh.

The Penguins were already probably the best team in the NHL before they made any of these trades -- at least if the last month is any indication. Pittsburgh has won 15 games in a row now, and that's not an accident. With these acquisitions, though, it's hard to think there's any other team that could be picked as the odds-on favorite to win the Stanley Cup this June.

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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 2:26 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Lupul, Cooper guests on Monday's Cisco NHL Live

Cisco NHL Live with Steve Mears and EJ Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network, will get you caught up on what you missed this weekend and preview nine games on Monday night. The NHL's first star of the week, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul, will stop by the show. And fresh off his first win behind the bench, new Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper will join us.

NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie will drop by the show to share the latest on rumors as we close in on the trade deadline. We'll also examine the tight playoff races in the NHL with our resident coach, NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks all the games being played on Monday.

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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 1:42 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Groin injury puts Ruutu back on sidelines for Canes

MONTREAL -- Forward Tuomo Ruutu took a couple of spins around the ice before retreating back to the dressing room prior to the Carolina Hurricanes morning skate Monday after injuring his groin in Saturday night's 3-1 win against the Jets in Winnipeg.

Ruutu will miss Monday night's game against the Montreal Canadiens and is day-to-day, coach Kirk Muller said.

There was also some good news on the injury front for the Hurricanes, however, as defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti skated with the team, though he will miss his fourth game with an upper-body injury. Defenseman Justin Faulk will miss his fifth game with a knee injury, but the Hurricanes are hopeful he will return by the end of the week, Muller said.

Finally, goaltender Dan Ellis will be the backup for Justin Peters on Monday after recovering from a leg laceration that cost him the last three games. He should be ready to start Tuesday night in a big divisional game at home against the Washington Capitals.


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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 1:40 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Islanders sign Lee to entry-level contract

NEWARK, N.J. -- New York Islanders center Anders Lee has experienced the lowest of lows and the highest of highs in a span of three days.

On Saturday, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior at the University of Notre Dame experienced the disappointment of elimination from the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals by fourth-seeded St. Cloud State. That ended any hope top-seeded Notre Dame had at reaching the Frozen Four.

Two days later, however, he signed a two-year, entry-level deal with the team that drafted him in sixth round (No. 152) of the 2009 Draft.

While Lee will not play for the Islanders against the New Jersey Devils on Monday at Prudential Center, he did join his teammates for their morning practice.


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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 1:30 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Bailey back from Saturday injury, in Isles' lineup

NEWARK, N.J. -- New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey, who suffered a neck injury on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, will be in the lineup on Monday when his team faces the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

Bailey was forced to exit Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 16:23 mark of the second period after taking a hard hit behind his own net from left wing Chris Kunitz.

"I feel good," Bailey told NHL.com. "I was a little nervous at first, and had to kind of gather my thoughts. I felt it in the neck right away and anytime you feel it in the neck, you get a little nervous."


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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 1:22 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Stars, Ducks begin three-game mini-series

DALLAS -- Monday's contest will mark the first of three straight games for the Dallas Stars against the Anaheim Ducks. Dallas will face the Ducks at Honda Center on both Wednesday and Friday.

Here are the projected lineups for Monday night's game:

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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 1:18 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Sharp, Hossa progressing, but won't return Monday

CHICAGO -- They're still healing from upper-body injuries that have kept them out for extended time, but Chicago Blackhawks forwards Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa will remain out for Monday night's game against the Nashville Predators.

After going through an optional morning skate at United Center, Sharp and Hossa both need more time to fully heal from what is believed to be shoulder-related issues. Chicago doesn't play again until Thursday at home against the St. Louis Blues.

"They're real close and then the fact we've got a couple extra days here, so I think we [want to be] … more than ready when they're coming back," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We'll get 'em on the ice on Wednesday and we'll know for sure whether they'll be playing Thursday or not. They could."


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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 12:52 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 Trade Deadline blog

Report: Jackets would deal first-rounder for scorer

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is willing to part with one of his three first-round picks before the trade deadline Wednesday in an effort to get more scoring into the lineup, according to a tweet from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

The Blue Jackets own their first-round pick plus first-round picks that originally belonged to the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers. They picked up the Kings' pick in the trade for Jeff Carter last season, and they got the Rangers' pick in the trade for Rick Nash in the offseason.

Columbus is eighth in the Western Conference with 37 points. The Blue Jackets have won two in a row and are 10-2-5 since Feb. 26.

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Posted On Monday, 04.01.2013 / 12:48 PM

By Dan Myers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Wild want to get normally reliable penalty kill clicking

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- On the surface, the Minnesota Wild's penalty kill numbers don't look bad. For the season, the team has killed off 82.2 percent of chances against it, good for 11th best in the National Hockey League.

But the Minnesota kill has been off the last two games, allowing five goals in its last eight chances against the Dallas Stars on Friday and Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

The three power-play goals allowed against the Stars amounted to the difference in the game -- a 5-3 loss that snapped the Wild's seven-game winning streak.


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