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Clearly, Lawton and Tocchet are not in the same book right now, let alone on the same page. And that is not what is best for this team.

And once again, the hockey world is taking notice of just how dysfunctional things are being run down here in Tampa in the past 24 months and waiting to see what happens next.

-Eric Erlendsson of Bolts Report.  Read more on the state of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Auld Claimed By Rangers

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via Darren Dreger Twitter, Alex Auld claimed by Rangers on re-entry

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Dealing With The Trade Deadline

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from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

Team brass have stated there will be changes, but time will tell if the rebuilding starts at the March 3 deadline or if the changes start unfolding at the draft and/or on July 1 when free agency opens.

“It’s your future. You don’t know where you’re going to be in a week,” winger Fernando Pisani said. “I think the worst part for everybody is the not knowing. But it’s one of those things, it’s really out of my control.”

“It will be an interesting three days but as a player, as an individual, you just can’t think about all the rumours or the what ifs,” said defenceman Tom Gilbert.

“It can be tough when you do hear rumours. You think, what if I end up here. You can get caught up in it ... but maybe five per cent of the rumours are true.”

Pisani and Gilbert, O’Sullivan and Ladislav Smid have all had their names linked to one deal or another. Smid, Andrew Cogliano and Dustin Penner were offered to the Ottawa Senators for Dany Heatley back in June.

“You never know what’s going to happen. They could keep this group together for the rest of the season,” Smid said. “We just have to stick together and win some games.”

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Everyone Cares About This Game

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from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

By nature, Canadians are not cocky.

But they are proud.

So when I asked Hull, the sign-toting Canadian hockey fanatic who itches for a second chance on the ice against the Americans, what the word “rematch” meant to his country, the answer was uncharacteristically bold.

“Gold,” he said. “No doubt.”

Here’s what is so very cool about hockey in the Olympics:

It’s the one time when players really care as much about who wins as fans do.

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What We’ve Been Waiting For

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Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN discuss Team USA and Team Canada.

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Us Against Them

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from Bill Plaschke of the LA Times,

It’s a nation that considers hockey a birthright versus its giant next-door neighbor that steals birthrights.

It’s quaint jerseys pulled from a tree (maple leaf) versus flashy ones pulled from the sky (stars).

It’s fans who chant thoughts (Go, Canada, Go!) versus fans who shout initials (USA! USA!).

It’s a way of life versus just another cool way to spend an afternoon, dude, the Canadians tight, the Americans acting like a 16th-seeded team on the verge of March Madness.

“Who do you think is going to win the gold medal?” American forward Ryan Kesler asked a group of reporters.

There was silence, and he smiled and said, “That’s what I thought. There’s no pressure on us because nobody thinks we’re going to win. Nobody but us.”

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America Should Know These Guys Now

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Six months ago, USA Hockey invited a large group of American players to its Olympic orientation camp in suburban Chicago. After one of the first practices, the players, wearing assorted USA Hockey shorts and T-shirts, came out of the locker room to meet the media.

The interviews started and the realization set in. Half the media had no idea who anybody was. Jack Johnson was confused with Dustin Brown. And was that Joe Pavelski or Ryan Callahan?

One reporter did an entire interview with a player and half joked that he thought it was Brian Gionta, who wasn’t even at the camp.

So, really, how could we expect this team of next-generation U.S. hockey stars to accomplish much of anything if most Americans had no idea who any of them were?

“I don’t think anybody really gave us a huge chance coming in,” said Erik Johnson, a 21-year-old defenseman. “We kind of relished the underdog role.”

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They Know Each Other

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from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Neither Team USA nor Team Canada will be able to blame a failure to win the gold medal on a lack of familiarity with the opposing team.

All 46 players in Sunday’s championship game play in the National Hockey League—in fact, 10 NHL teams have players on both sides. Team USA’s Ryan Kesler will be trying to beat Canadian goaltender Roberto Luongo—and three days later, he’ll be trying to score goals to help Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks win in Columbus.

American Patrick Kane and Canadian Jonathan Toews sometimes play on the same line together in Chicago. So do Team Canada’s Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and American Bobby Ryan—and all three often play in front of Canadian captain and defenseman Scott Niedermayer.

Team Canada coach Mike Babcock will be hoping that American defenseman Brian Rafalski’s scoring touch (4 goals) vanishes—but only for a day. The two will be on the same bench Monday night in Denver when the Detroit Red Wings visit the Colorado Avalanche as the NHL’s regular-season schedule resumes.

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Hello, Ryan Miller, Is That You?

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from Greg Wyshynski at PuckDaddy,

This just in: Team USA goalie Ryan Miller(notes) has not, repeat, has not guaranteed a gold medal for his team. And MSNBC found that out the hard way tonight.

The network had a phone interview with someone claiming to be the Buffalo Sabres goalie on Friday, and that Fake Miller vowed the USA would win gold.

This is something Ryan Miller would, of course, never do. As he would tell MSNBC’s Willie Geist during an actual interview with the U.S. Olympian later, Miller heard from friends and NHL personnel “asking if I’d become that much different and that cocky because of this.”

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Remember the Ryan Kesler empty net goal against Team Canada?  Remember the description of the goal by Willie Geist?  There is the empty net, there is the puck and there it goes into the goal.  Enough said.

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Ovechkin And Brodeur Have Points To Prove

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Keep an eye on two NHL players in the coming weeks, because I have a feeling that both Alex Ovechkin and Martin Brodeur are coming out of Vancouver with a burr under their respective saddles.

Ovechkin had the 1,000-yard stare as Team Canada ended Russia’s medal hopes in a brutal 7-3 shellacking that saw the Canadians simply dismantle a Russian squad many thought would at least be competitive with Canada.

That didn’t come close to happening and Ovechkin was completely shut down by the Canadians, going minus-2 with just three shots and a very bad feeling about the experience.

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