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Canucks are home now with one game left before the All-Star Break, and are finished their slate of east coast games for the year.

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First off, an apology. I overslept yesterday and missed much of the game. I tuned in to the radio broadcast at the exact moment Evgeny Malkin scored the tying goal. I should have stayed asleep and not upset the delicate balance that led the Canucks to build a lead. Sorry everyone.

Links from yesterday:

Jeff Paterson

Carol Schram (including a poll regarding the 1988 draft; in retrospect, was Trevor Linden the right pick?)

Pensblog

Kurtenblog Radio is back, Saturday afternoons on TSN1040. Yesterday they spoke to Thomas Drance about defense prospects in Utica. Get the podcast here:

Thomas Drance spoke to Chris Higgins after his AHL debut.

Last night's HNIC Saturday Headlines, touching on Drouin and Stamkos in Tampa, coaches' challenges of offside calls, and how Winnipeg's attempt to extend Dustin Byfuglien would mean trading Andrew Ladd at the deadline.

Larry Brooks' Sunday column touches on fighting, whether Yzerman is actually helping the Lightning, is Ottawa a "deteriorating and toxic" situation, and steals from last summer.

Lyle Richardson of Bleacher Report grades the biggest moves of last offseason. Cam Lewis of NHLNumbers grades last offseason moves in the Pacific Division.

Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe talks Loui Eriksson and even offers his thoughts on the Canucks:

The Canucks reentered the top eight in the West with their 4-2 win over the Bruins Thursday. They will be better when Henrik Sedin, Brandon Sutter, and Dan Hamhuis recover from injuries. Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom have been good in goal. But realistically, the Canucks would not last long in the playoffs. They need to get younger, and that means trading assets such as Radim Vrbata (UFA after this season) for picks

Steve Simmons talks many things, including the falling Canadian dollar, and points out Jonathan Drouin outpointed Tyler Seguin in his rookie season.

Bruce Garrioch also covers the falling dollar and suggests the Canucks are one of the teams interested in Drouin. He separately discussed whether the Senators will trade Jared Cowen.

Thomas Greiss spent yesterday helping stranded Long Island motorists during Winter Storm Jonas.

Meanwhile, the DC news randomly interviewed Alex Ovechkin at a gas station right before the storm.

Milan Lucic will have a hearing for sucker punching Kevin Connauton of Arizona last night. Lucic was very unhappy with referee Brad Meier after being ejected from the game.

Coyotes' goalie Louis Domingue took his own mask off after badly mishandling the puck, trying to get the referee to blow play dead.

Elliotte Friedman and Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune report the Lightning have offered Steven Stamkos an eight year, $68 million contract. Chris Peters of Eye on Hockey says this sounds low, but has to be seen in light of the other contract issues on the horizon for the Lightning.

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch lays out the litany of injury concerns the Blue Jackets have for Sergei Bobrovsky, wondering if he can be fixed.

Former Oiler and Sabre Linus Omark tied the flaming stick stunt at the KHL All-Star Game.

In case you missed it, here is Down Goes Brown's Friday Grab Bag.

Icethetics.com unveils Buffalo's 2016 Draft logo, comparing it to the last few draft logos.

I leave you today with this.  If you have a chance to watch a college basketball game with Bill Walton doing color, take it. He's one of the most entertaining color men in sports.