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Welcome, whether you are pairing a mimosa with baked french toast, or dousing a bowl of Honeycomb with last night's flat, stale beer.

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Breaking news: The Canucks issued a press release this morning announcing they are planning to trade Chris Higgins,at some point, to somewhere. I can't ever recall a team issuing a press release like this, and I'm not sure I understand why they'd take this step. It's like placing him outside Rogers Arena with a 'for sale' sign wrapped around his neck.

Ben Kuzma suggested the most plausible reason I can think of for the club's announcement

And this from Elliotte Friedman

Higgins is owed $2.5 million through next season. I don't see many suitors for that, so I expect the Canucks will have to retain some salary in order to move Higgins.

At least two former players tweeted that doing this to Higgins is not the best look for the organization:

Post-game links from last night's Horvat and Baertschi show:

Jeff Patterson, including some good perspective on Higgins

Thomas Drance says Jake Virtanen showed last night he can help the Canucks win now, and they should keep him.

The Provies, now with even more goat-gate hand wringing.

Carol Schram

Practice notes:

Links to the weekend columns:

Steve Simmons, only because he includes this:

Roberto Luongo is sneaking into the conversation for both the Vezina and Hart Trophies. The first half seemed almost all Braden Holtby for the Vezina as top goaltender. And the first-half MVP is somewhere between Patrick Kane and Jamie Benn. But with the first-place Panthers as hockey’s hottest team, Luongo has to be considered for both awards.

Fluto Shinzawa (who, quietly, has become one of NHL's best columnists)

Larry Brooks, on how the Ryan Johansen trade shows the Blue Jackets are ready for a culture change.

Bruce Garrioch's weekly knee slappers.

The Hockey Night in Canada Sunday Headlines, in case you missed them

Tonight marks the return of Ricky Gervais to the Golden Globe Awards. Took a long while for him to be invited back, given his nasty, mean, but funny jokes, like these: