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NHL Trade Buzz: Stars debating whether to buy or sell

Dallas has assets to move; three-game stretch before deadline will tell tale

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Welcome to the NHL Trade Buzz. There are eight days remaining until the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET, March 1), and the Dallas Stars are trying to find any spark possible before deciding whether to move assets.

Here's a look around the League at the latest deadline doings:

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Hockey Day

Hockey Day in Canada 'a lot of fun' for Kenora

Re-enactment of 1907 Stanley Cup victory by Thistles among highlights of celebration in Ontario

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

KENORA, Ontario -- When a fiery winter sun rose on the Canadian Shield on Saturday, a hockey nation's DNA was in full view yet again.

The 17th annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada was headquartered 140 miles east of Winnipeg in this picturesque northwestern Ontario city of 15,000, where the Lake of the Woods, the harbor and the main streets were alive with a buzz of activity celebrating the game.

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Centennial Fan Arena

Fan Arena big hit in Kenora, Ontario

Museum truck thrills crowd during Hockey Day in Canada festivities

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

KENORA, Ontario -- He never expected a vintage hockey helmet to put a smile on his face, but Jeff Booth left the NHL Centennial Fan Arena on Saturday marveling at the sight of a Cooper SK10.

The helmet was just one of several historic pieces on display in the Fan Arena, which made a one-day stop to Kenora, Ontario, the host city for this year's Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.

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Distractions can't deter Connor McDavid

Oilers captain has three-point game in emotional rematch against Flyers

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid showed his sense of occasion again Thursday.

McDavid had a goal and two assists for his eighth three-point game of the season, helping the Oilers defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 at Rogers Place.

The pregame storyline had been an invitation to distraction, referencing a testy exchange of words between McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning, during the game and after it, when the two teams played in Philadelphia on Dec. 8.

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Hockey Day

Kenora is epicenter of Hockey Day in Canada

Northwest Ontario town to get visit by Stanley Cup, NHL Centennial Fan Arena

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Hockey royalty will be joined by the biggest prize in the NHL, the Stanley Cup, when Kenora, Ontario, becomes the headquarters for Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebrations on Saturday.

Ron MacLean and Don Cherry, hosts of the Coach's Corner segment on "Hockey Night in Canada," will air their regular Saturday segment from Kenora.

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NHL Insider

Pacific Division notebook

Oilers goalie Cam Talbot embracing heavy workload; Kings fighting obstacles to remain in playoff contention

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- Don't tell Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot that he's overworked. Or that he can't keep up the pace.

Talbot, who has the most starts (51), most saves (1,365) and faced the most shots (1,484) in the NHL this season, doesn't want to hear it.

"I feel like there have been guys who have done it before so why not me?" said Talbot, who is on pace to start 73 games.

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Trade Coverage

Oilers taking cautious approach to NHL Trade Deadline

GM Peter Chiarelli not looking at free agent rentals, won't mortgage salary-cap room

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday he plans to be cautious in his approach as the NHL Trade Deadline nears.

"I don't think we're quite ready to contend for the [Stanley] Cup," Chiarelli said. "You never know. I know it happened here in 2006 [when the Oilers reached the Stanley Cup Final].

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Hockey Is For Everyone

Jujhar Khaira, family embraced hockey early

Oilers forward is third Indo-Canadian to play in NHL

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers left wing Jujhar Khaira was a Canadian kid who grew up with a love of hockey, on the street and on the ice in Surrey, British Columbia. Thanks to the sacrifices of hard-working parents who went out of their way to foster his devotion to the game, he earned his way to the NHL.

Khaira's heritage is uncommon; the 63rd pick of the 2012 NHL Draft is the third Indo-Canadian to play in the League. Robin Bawa, who played a total of 61 games over four seasons from 1989-1994 and Manny Malhotra, who played 991 games over 16 seasons from 1998-2015 are the other two. The 22-year-old is enthused about the message being highlighted by the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone month. 

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Blackhawks have eyes on Central Division crown

Enter bye week winners of five straight, three points behind Wild

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- Statement games in February should never be confused with statement games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs but when the team that has three Stanley Cup championships in the previous seven years does some talking on the ice, notice is taken.

The Chicago Blackhawks put some irritating issues to rest in the past week, including with a 5-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Saturday. It was Chicago's fifth straight win, a good place to be heading into its five-day player break.

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NHL Insider

Mikael Granlund perfect fit for Wild

Converted right wing in midst of finest NHL season playing with linemates Mikko Koivu, Jason Zucker

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Mikael Granlund's breakout season for the Minnesota Wild is in plain sight.

The right wing from Oulu, Finland, has reached NHL career highs in goals (15), assists (34) and points (49) in 54 games this season.

Those close to the 24-year-old, the No. 9 pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, see different reasons for his leap forward in production and effectiveness.

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