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Hemsky May Be Ottawa Bound

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Late-night trade deadline talk from McKenzie, Dreger and LeBrun

TSN's Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger chatted with the NHL Network's Rob Roe on Tuesday evening, and they made some surprising statements.

  • According to both McKenzie and Dreger, John Tortorella's snub of Roberto Luongo in the Heritage Classic did in fact prompt Luongo's agent, Pat Brisson, to ask if he could speak to several NHL teams about moving his client;
  • The gents also claim that the Canucks want to trade Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler independently of the Luongo situation, with Kesler willing to go to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit Anaheim and possibly other teams (but not the Rangers), and that the Canucks will hold out for the best offer, even if that means trading Kesler at another time;
  • The New York Rangers are still considering re-signing Ryan Callahan, signing and trading him or just trading him;
  • The Buffalo Sabres are at least considering moving Matt Moulson, perhaps to Los Angeles, but Calgary's Mike Camalleri is also another "goal-scoring winger" on the market, as might be Chris Stewart, but the Sabres in particular cannot carry any more salary in making trades;
  • The Sabres may consider moving Christian Ehrhoff or Tyler Myers, and the Red Wings may be interested, specifically in Ehrhoff, but the Wings are in a "transition year," so Ken Holland has to decide whether he's willing to bite on the Sabres' price;
  • And regarding Cammalleri, he, Moulson, Ales Hemsky and Thomas Vanek's futures are somewhat intertwined, with Hemsky and Cammalleri serving as the fall-back plans for the teams that don't land Kesler.

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun also penned a late-evening blog entry updating the Kesler situation, confirming that the Canucks feel no need to "settle" for anything less than their asking price:

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Garrioch talks buyers, sellers, etc.

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch offers a smorgasbord of rumor news in his last pre-trade-deadline Sunday missive, but the best way to summarize his statements involves encapsulating the following and letting you read on from there:

TOP 5 SELLERS

  • BUFFALO SABRES - GM Tim Murray made a huge move Friday by dealing goaltender Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues. He isn’t finished yet, he still has Matt Moulson and anyone else up for grabs.
  • EDMONTON OILERS  - Craig MacTavish has been trying to make moves all year and he’s made a couple of deals. He’d like to move forward Ales Hemsky and will retain salary. A lot of teams will try to make a bigger deal for winger Jordan Eberle.
  • N.Y. ISLANDERS - Losing captain John Tavares to injury gives GM Garth Snow the green light to move left wing Thomas Vanek and defenceman Andy MacDonald. Vanek might be the most sought-after player and MacDonald won’t be far behind.
  • NASHVILLE PREDATORS - This might be a bit of a surprise but they are a longshot to make the playoffs. A lot of teams have called about centre David Legwand. He may not be the only one to go. Wouldn’t be surprised to see many gone.
  • CALGARY FLAMES - Interim GM Brian Burke hasn’t made any bold moves since he took over but you can expect him to be busy. The club would like to keep UFA Mike Cammalleri but it’s doubtful he’ll stay. There are options for buyers.

Garrioch goes from there, listing his top 5 buyers, discussing Markov to Edmonton(?), the Stars' situation, news from Long Island, New York City, San Jose, Calgary, etc...

And this is just me, but if Garth Snow wants a top prospect, a 1st rounder and a 2nd rounder for Thomas Vanek, I may have considered that before Vanek confirmed that he wanted to test the maret...But now that he embarrassed himself and the Austrian Olympic team by going out and getting blotto with some teammates prior to battling Slovenia, I wouldn't touch him with a ten-foot pole.

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Brooks: Oilers and Rangers talking trade turkey

Take this for what you will. The New York Post's Larry Brooks suggests that the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers may be pursuing a trade because the Rangers have come up short on offense minus the concussed Rick Nash:

The Oilers dispatched a scouting expedition featuring their president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe, general manager Craig MacTavish and special adviser Mark Messier to the Garden on Monday for the Rangers’ 2-1 defeat to the Ducks.

Edmonton, which has opened 3-10-2 under first-year coach Dallas Eakins, is believed to be accepting offers for veteran winger Ales Hemsky while also exploring the market for second-year winger Nail Yakupov, the first overall selection in the 2012 Entry Draft.

Even if interested in Hemsky, the Blueshirts would have to maneuver to get under the cap in order to accommodate the 30-year-old. Hemsky is on the final year of a contract worth a $5 million cap charge and is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.

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Oilers Plan To Keep Hemsky

Ales Hemsky and Craig MacTavish meet with the media today...

 

 

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Hemsky Still An Edmonton Oiler

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

What do you do with a $5 million third-line right-winger? You swallow  hard.

It’s looking more and more like No. 83 will be at Edmonton Oilers training camp which opens in less than a month. Ales Hemsky, who turned 30 two days ago, is surprisingly (for me) still an Oiler, three games from 600 in his NHL career. While GM Craig MacTavish quickly found a taker for captain Shawn Horcoff and his $5.5 million cap hit (Dallas, who sent the Oilers defenceman Philip Larsen and his $1,025 million salary), as MacTavish says because centres are hard to come by,  MacTavish hasn’t come close to finding a new home for the right-winger Hemsky. He is, ironically, one spot ahead of Horcoff, who turns 35 in a month, in the team’s media guide bio section....

On the nights, he’s on he’s an electric player. Joe Sakic always loved Hemsky when he was playing for the Avs, not running the team as he is today.  On the nights he’s on,  he makes the game look ridiculously easy as he blows by checkers. He’s got world-class talent, the kind of talent that gets him in the Olympics with the Czech squad. But, he’s   also a stubborn player with the puck, at times, trying to force plays through people on the powerplay, rushing down the right side, circling the net and parking himself on the left wall even-strength, rather than cutting to the net.

Will he accept a defined third-line spot? Will he put on a happy face and soldier on? He’ll probably say yes when he      shows up at camp, but I just don’t see this working long-term. He’s a proud guy, also an expensive one, as the Oilers   know only too well.

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Oilers Still Trying To Trade Hemsky

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Everybody around the league knows Hemsky is talented, although he only had 20 points in 38 games last yearin part because of a broken foot; the question is how many games he’ll play. He’s missed 108 the last four years. He doesn’t play on the periiphery; he goes into danger zones; trouble is he often gets wall-papered for his trouble and he gets hurt. Teams are leery about paying $5 million for a guy who might play 55 games.

The market for trades right now is very, very difficult, outside of Ryan and the odd one-for-one like Magnus Paajarvi for David Perron, with the St. Louis Blues looking to shave some payroll.. “It’s extremely soft. Most people like their teams right now. They’ve spent their money. Some are trying to shed guys payroll wise. Everybody has a different financial landscape. There’s lots of guys on the outside looking in (Ryan Whitney, Brenden Morrow, Douglas Murray, all UFAs). It’s a reflection of more supply than demand. There’s little liquidity in the market, not very many buyers,” said MacTavish.

The Ottawa Senators would seem the most likely to reach out to MacTavish on Hemsky  because they lost right-winger/captain,soul of the franchise Daniel Alfredsson to Detroit when free-agency opened. They also traded Swede Jakob Silfverberg to get Bobby Ryan from Anaheim and might move him to right side from his usual left. After Ryan it’s third-liner Chris Neil, Eric Condra and J. Pageau, and they do have more than $11 million in cap room. But, maybe Sens’ owner Eugene Melnyk wants to save money not spend more.

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Trying To Move Ales Hemsky

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish simply isn’t going to pay $5 million a season for a second-line player who has world-class ability.

Although Hemsky goes into traffic, gets hurt and plays hurt — both admirable traits — the Oilers can find better ways to spend his salary. They need bigger forwards, even if they don’t have Hemsky’s skill set, which, apart from his first two seasons, has made him pretty close to a point-a-game NHLer.

The problem is that Hemsky has missed 118 games the past four seasons — a red flag for other teams who like healthier players on their roster.

Can the Oilers get anything substantial for Hemsky these days?

“I don’t think there’s a market for him … I shouldn’t say there’s no market,” said former NHL general Craig Button, who now works for TSN. “But the salary cap is coming down to $64.3 million. He makes $5 million for one more year. Would the Oilers pick up half of that to trade him, 50-50 (with another team)? That would still free up $2.5 million in cap space for the Oilers.

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Hot Hemsky

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

When the Edmonton Oilers signed Ales Hemsky to a two-year, $10-million US extension a year ago, the Twitter feed down the highway for the Calgary Flames called the move a joke.

Plenty in the hockey world snickered. After all, Hemsky had scored only five times in the 47 games before the extension was signed. But since then, he has scored 31 goals in 73 games. Here's the breakdown:

  • Five goals in final 22 games of 2011-12 NHL season
  • Five goals in 10 games for bronze medallist Czech Republic at 2012 worlds
  • 14 goals in 27 games for Pardubice HC of Czech Extraliga during lockout
  • Seven goals in 14 games to start 2012-13 NHL season

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Hemsky Re-Signs With Edmonton

via the Edmonton Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with right-winger Ales Hemsky on a two-year, $10 million contract extension. The 28-year-old has scored five goals and 26 points in 41 games this season.

added 9:16pm, from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

Many NHL writers, and former NHL star Mike Modano, suggest Ales Hemsky got too much in his new two-year, $5 million per year deal. I think Hemsky got the right amount. This deal made sense for the Oilers and for Hemsky.

Here’s the reaction on Twitter:

Mike Modano: “2 yrs/10 million for hemsky. Scored over 20 goals twice in 9yrs.. WTF..!!?”

David Shoalts, Globe and Mail: “Has The Riddler or The Joke been seen lately at Edmonton Oilers HQ with cannisters of stupid gas?”

Scott Burnside of ESPN: “Ales Hemsky; two years $10 million just goes to show you $10 million doesn’t get you too far these days in the NHL does it?”

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Hemsky Reportedly Wants A 4-5 Year Deal

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Tambellini has talked to Hemsky’s agent, Jiri Crha, and knows what it’ll cost to bring him back, but the 28-year-old Hemsky seems to want his next contract to be over four or five years —_something the Oilers aren’t willing to offer.

So it appears the oft-injured Hemsky will likely have a new address in the coming days….

At any rate, the Oilers would likely be willing to give Hemsky another two years at $5 million, but not the four or five years the winger desires.

“It’s important for everybody . . . it’s your life,” Hemsky said last week. “The security of a long-term deal, that’s the best option. I’ve been here for 10 years and have worked hard to become (an UFA).”

Should they go the trade route, the Oilers are likely expecting a first-rounder and a young defenceman. The problem is the going rate for a rental player based on the recent trades of Pavel Kubina, Nicklas Grossman and Dominic Moore is a second-round draft pick and a prospect or another pick.

Edmonton has received calls on Hemsky from the Los Angeles Kings and possibly the San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins.

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It Appears Hemsky Wants A Long-Term Deal

from the CP at TSN,

It makes sense to Ales Hemsky.

If the veteran forward is going to stay with the Edmonton Oilers rather than test the free-agent market this summer, it would have to be on a long-term contract.

The question is, will it make sense for the Oilers?

If not, Edmonton general manager Steve Tambellini could look at trading Hemsky by the Feb. 27 trade deadline rather than risk losing him for nothing when he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Expect an answer in the next 14 days.

“I think it’s important for everybody,” Hemsky said when asked if a long-term deal is important to him. “It’s your life. The security you can have signing a long-term deal, that’s probably the best option you can do.

“I’ve been here for a long time, for 10 years and worked hard to become a free agent.”

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Oilers Need A Healthy Hemsky

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

The Edmonton Oilers hope with his sinus infection clearing, Ales Hemsky will come out of the fog he’s seemingly been in so far this season.

The Oilers winger skated with the club on Wednesday prior to departing for Minnesota, where they’ll take on the Wild Thursday.

Hemsky sat out the last two games with an infection that had his head spinning. It’s not sure whether he’ll be ready to play against the Wild.

“I’m not 100%, there are still some symptoms that I don’t like,” Hemsky said. “I feel better in practice, it’s coming.

“With the infection in my sinuses I was losing my balance and I wasn’t seeing straight sometimes. I went out to skate in Vancouver and I really couldn’t see when I was on the ice, it’s not really pleasant.”

A stronger prescription has helped Hemsky battle the virus, and perhaps it’ll kill whatever else has been ailing the talented winger.

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Oilers Injury Updates

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The talk of the town of late has been the health concerns of defenceman Ryan Whitney and winger Ales Hemsky. Robin Brownlee posted an article on Oilers Nation titled “Hemsky and Whitney: Not Ready Yet.” The title of that piece should say it all. What that of course did was generate a lot of discussion. Whitney has been out since December and Hemsky since March.

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What Is Hemsky Worth?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In some ways, Hemsky at 27, seems to be heading down the same career path as Kovalev - a player with talent to burn and capable of dazzling on the ice. Peers and opponents greatly admire his raw ability - players love nothing better than to watch someone dangle the way Hemsky can. But the problem with Hemsky is the one that dogged Kovalev all these years - inconsistency, and when the droughts come, they can be deep and long because their confidence is so fragile.

The problem for the Oilers is trying to get decent value for Hemsky. They tend to overvalue his worth because they’ve seen him at his best and know the upside. Teams in the market go in with their eyes wide open and note both his injury history and how his game can fall off a cliff for weeks at a time. If the Washington Capitals do go out and make the push to get him, they’ll need to overpay to do so.

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Hemsky Latest Player With Concussion

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

One day after Edmonton Oilers defenceman Ryan Whitney had ankle surgery in North Carolina, veteran winger Ales Hemsky left Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild after one shift in the second period due to a concussion.

It doesn’t appear to be any particular hit that KO’d him, more an accumulation of blows over the last half-dozen games.

“He took a puck in the head in Vancouver, an elbow to the head and a stick to the cheek in games on the road trip we just finished and he was a little out of sorts tonight, so we pulled him,” said Oilers head coach Tom Renney.

“He’s had some symptoms before this game and the doctor looked at him and I don’t know what conclusion they’ve drawn.”

Hemsky, who had one bolt down the right wing and almost scored in the first period, wasn’t available after the game. But the general NHL protocol is you have to stay out of the lineup at least a week if medical people deem you’ve had a concussion. Obviously, if he’s out longer than that, Hemsky’s first appearance in an NHL all-star game is in jeopardy. The game is in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 30.

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Hemsky Out With Groin Issue

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Ales Hemsky won’t be playing any time soon.

“He’s out indefinitely,” said Edmonton Oilers’ coach Tom Renney, when asked when the right-winger’s troublesome groin problem might get him back on the ice.

Hemsky played in Montreal Wednesday night and had a goal and two assists but he was a scratch against the Maple Leafs in Toronto Thursday and wasn’t at practice Saturday morning as the Oilers prepared to play the St. Louis Blues on Hockey Night in Canada. That’s five games he’ll have missed.

“I don’t want to risk getting it torn,” Hemsky said Thursday night in the press box in Toronto.

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Talking Ales Hemsky

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Journal reporter Jim Matheson has been around Oilers ace Ales Hemsky, 26, since Hemsky broke into the NHL at age 19.

Now, with two years to go on his $4 million a year deal, Hemsky has been mentioned (by fans and bloggers at least) in trade talks and management hasn’t exactly been bursting with superlatives in terms of his play.

But what does Hemsky think? Matheson, a Hockey Hall-of-Fame reporter, provided a few major clues in a candid live chat talk he and Dan Barnes did with fans today.

Here are some of Matheson’s entries:

* “Hemsky will be going in two years when he’s unrestricted free-agent. Bet on it.”

* “I say they give Hemmer one more year then they will look around. They would have to trade him to a team that wants to re-sign him and keep him around to get full-value for such a young forward.”

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Waiting On Hemsky Injury Status

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

There will be no decision on Ales Hemsky until the swelling subsides in his badly wounded shoulder, I’m hearing.

He will need surgery on the battered shoulder sooner or later, but it’s possible he could still keep playing, after some time off to recuperate from the latest blows and bruises, in the short term.

Hemsky has got a burning desire to compete, and to suit up for the Czech team this February in Vancouver, so if the surgery can be later, that will be his first choice. But something will have to be done and at that time he’ll be out for months.

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added 9:36pm, Shoulder surgery will put Hemsky out for the regular season and possibly the playoffs.

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A Hemsky Trade Could Work Out

from Jim Matheson of he Edmonton Journal,

Would you trade Ales Hemsky?

I know, I know. His Edmonton Oilers contract is user-friendly in today’s salary cap world. His cap hit for the next three seasons is a very agreeable $4.1 million, less than Dustin Penner’s number, although Hemsky’s salaries are $4.4 million, $4.5 million and $5 million during the last season in 2011-12. On the other hand, his contract is also attractive to other teams that might want to trade for him.

If the Oilers could get two front-line players for him, at least one a bigger, stronger body like winger Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings and retrieve hard-nosed defenceman Matt Greene, too, would they consider it?

Is it that far-fetched? I don’t think so.

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Hemsky Playing The Role Of A Checker

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Ales Hemsky is a frustrated star struggling to reconcile the good of the team with what he sees as his diminished role in it….

“I’m just trying to do exactly what they want. I’m becoming a checker,” he said with obvious displeasure after Monday’s practice. “We’re just doing what we have to do to win games. I’m not complaining. It’s important to win the games. I just don’t feel as important as I did before when they were riding me. I don’t feel they use me as much as they did before. If they don’t give me the confidence or trust me, I will never be playing the way I was before, the way they want.

“I’m just saying I don’t care about points. I know I didn’t play my best hockey. I can be better and I know they will need me. But they have got to show me they need me. Ride me. It’s 10 games. I will feel important and I will get better every game.”

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Hemsky Activated

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have activated right wing Ales Hemsky from the NHL Injured Reserve List and placed left wing Robert Nilsson on the IRL.

Hemsky returns to the Oilers lineup after missing the last 10 games (December 30-January 16) with a concussion suffered in Edmonton’s December 28th game versus the Nashville Predators at Rexall Place.

Nilsson is placed on the NHL IRL retroactive to January 9th due to a concussion suffered versus the San Jose Sharks. Nilsson has missed four games (January 11th-16th) due to the injury.

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Hemsky Playing Smarter & Scoring More

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

At 25, Hemsky is still making his way to the upper echelon of the National Hockey League. With 29 points in 28 games, he’s moved onto the league’s top 30 scoring list. He’s 10th with 11 power-play helpers, and he heads into tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks with points in 16 of his last 20 games.

There’s a consistency to his game that wasn’t there in the past. It’s a smarter, more effective game that he is playing.

“He wants to score now,” said linemate Shawn Horcoff, “and he’s shooting the puck a lot more, which is directly tied to him scoring. He’s always been a guy who’s been creative, but now he’s not holding it as much.”

“It’s part of the process. It’s growing up as a player,” Hemsky said. “I’m not wasting as much energy. I’m playing smarter.”

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Hemsky’s Talent

Ales Hemsky scored his first two of the season last night and Gene Principe at Sportsnet.ca makes this observation:

Did you see those goals? Is it possible that prior to Sunday Hemsky had no goals this season or that in fact he hadn’t scored a goal in 18 games?  Could that be true?

It is, but again I point to what Hemsky did on Sunday and this makes no sense. This guy should have two goals a game with his talent, not two goals this season.

It’s always been hard to understand how someone with Hemsky’s world class abilities doesn’t have the numbers to match it.

More at Sportsnet.  Goal videos below:

 

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Pure Fantasy

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

These are the dog days if you’re looking for a hockey fix, but the fan message boards are full of crazy Ales Hemsky trade rumours to the Montreal Canadiens.

That’s like fantasizing that you might get a date with Halle Berry. Not a chance.

“Hemmer’s a guy you build your team around,” said Edmonton Oilers assistant general manager Kevin Prendergast, who laughed heartily at the mention of Hemsky’s name in any trade talks.

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Morning Line

from the Edmonton Journal,

“He (Ales Hemsky) had a special night for us,” said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. “It was like he was playing the game at a different level than everybody else.

I questioned some of his decisions at times, but he always turned it into something. It was high, high entertainment value watching him.

“Every time he had the puck on his stick he was creating something, and never the old-fashioned way. He was beating guys one-on-one, driving wide, just making spectacular plays.”

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“Dirty” Hit By Lapointe

from the Edmonton Journal,

With seven minutes left in the second period their star winger was drilled on his left knee by Blackhawks forward Martin Lapointe. Hemsky hobbled off the ice, in enough trouble that he was not able to return….

“It was a dirty hit,” said Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish. “He threw his knee out at him. It should have easily been (a five-minute major). It’s interference. It’s kneeing. How do you even brace yourself for that type of hit? There’s no need for a guy to do that. We have one of our best players taken out by a guy who plays 10 minutes a game.”

“I was just going to go around him,” Hemsky said. “I don’t know if he stuck out his knee or not but I hit it. It was knee-on-knee.”

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