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Trade balloons rise in the days leading up to the trade deadline. Some rise and take flight, while some deflate and end up wrapped over a utility line somewhere.

Will He, or Won't He?
Will He, or Won't He?
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While Canucks fans wait for Dan Hamhuis to decide, and wonder if his decision to pass on joining the Chicago Blackhawks means he has already decided, trades and rumors are happening all over the league.

First some Canucks audio from TSN 1040:

Man of Mystery John Weisbrod talks about the Canucks recent trades.

Pierre McGuire says the Canucks are 3-4 years away from being cup competitive, and that he fully trusts Jim Benning's eye for talent.

Bob McKenzie was on SiriusXM giving the latest rumor roundup.

Chad Johnson could be on the move, maybe to San Jose.

TSN.ca presents the top 20 trade bait list. Loui Eriksson is number one with a bullet.

Sportsnet.ca has a nice rundown of rumors, especially Leafs rumors.

By the time you read this, Rob Scuderi will be a Los Angeles King, and Christian Ehrhoff will be a Chicago Blackhawk. Both teams how have a leg up in their run for the 2009 Stanley Cup.

This should end up on a math test some day.

Raffi Torres is shutting it down for the season. Is this the end of the line for him?

On Vice Sports, Down Goes Brown presents his weekend grab bag.

Bleacher Report has a slideshow of RFA who could be moved at the deadline.

David Staples of the Edmonton Journal lists nine players the Edmonton Oilers should jettison -- Justin Schultz, Mark Fayne, Anders Nilsson, Mark Letestu or Anton Lander, Nikita Nikitin, Andrew Ference, Luke Gazdic, Brad Hunt, and Lauri Korpikoski or Matt Hendricks. Sadly for Staples, Edmonton's trash isn't likely anyone's treasure.

Jonathan Toews likes Twitter! He must not interact with Canucks fans.

Bob Murray, Anaheim Ducks' GM, is looking to add a winger.

Three defencemen signed extensions today. Anthony Bitetto for two years/$1.225 million with the Nashville Predators, Olli Matta for six years/$24.4 million with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Braydon Coburn for three years/$11.1 million with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Carolina Hurricanes face similar decisions with UFAs and no-trade clauses no-trade clauses, like John-Michael Liles, Cam Ward, Eric Staal and Kris Versteeg, as Vancouver does coming to this trade deadline.

The Fourth Period has some late breaking trade deadline gossip.

NewsBeFunny presents a supercut of the funniest news bloopers involving kids.