Original Six 2012 (ID# 12519)
  • J.T. Miller will vie for 3rd-line center spot
    J.T. Miller will attempt to be the Rangers' third-line center at training camp.

    Advice: If he can show that he can handle the defensive responsibility then he might be able to earn a permanent spot in New York's lineup. Miller had three goals and three assists in 30 games last year. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:17 pm
  • Assitant GM denies Methot contract report
    Senators assistant GM Pierre Dorion denied a report that said the team was only $300,000 apart in negotiations with Marc Methot on a long-term contract.

    Advice: He told TSN 1200 that "the information within that article is totally false and there's no other way to put it." Dorion added: "First of all, it's disappointing. I've been with the team for eight years and I don't know if I've ever been more disappointed about anything that has been written." Agent Larry Kelly stands by his numbers that they lowered their asking price to $5 million per season, while the Senators raised their offer to an average of $4.7 million per season. Dorion was troubled by the belief that the Senators don't want Methot around and he criticized Kelly for the situation. The Ottawa blueliner has one season left on his current contract and he could be traded if something can't be worked out. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:12 pm
  • Agent: No lines drawn in Ryan Johansen talks
    Ryan Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, was on TSN 1050 Toronto to talk about his client.

    Advice: When he was asked what he next step in negotiations would be, he said: "The only thing I will say is, I'm a very big supporter of being affirmative in negotiations, a very big supporter of communicating, olive branches, etc. So, there should be an assumption that there are no lines being drawn by our side. There are no lines being drawn behind the scenes. There will never be any lines drawn publicly. So the assumption needs to be that we're ready, willing, and able to move forward, but it takes two parties to dance." He wouldn't comment on numbers and he declined to respond to John Davidson's highly critical comments from Tuesday. It doesn't look like Johansen will be available for Columbus for the start of training camp and his holdout could be a long one. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:36 pm
  • Wild announce Josh Harding out indefinitely
    Minnesota has announced that Josh Harding has a fractured right foot.

    Advice: He will be sidelined indefinitely due to the ailment. After receiving some encouraging news last month that Harding would be ready for training camp, he was injured in an off-ice activity. TSN's Bob McKenzie reported earlier that Harding could be out for months. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:27 pm
  • Harding injury won't alter talks with Kuemper
    Wild GM Chuck Fletcher doesn't think Josh Harding's ankle injury will impact negotiations with Darcy Kuemper.

    Advice: "The situation itself doesn't change he dynamic," he said. "You want to get it done because he's a good, young goalie, he's somebody we think has potential to be a good player, but anytime you get into a situation where you're missing camp, it's just not healthy. The goal is always to get a contract done. Whether Josh is healthy or not healthy doesn't really have any impact. You always want to get it done, but you've got to do what's right. We'll just keep working through it and hopefully get it done." Harding could be out for months with an ankle injury and with Kuemper's negotiations seemingly going nowhere, the Wild may look for a veteran goalie to join them at training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:16 pm
  • Report: Josh Harding (ankle) will miss months
    According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Josh Harding's ankle injury is "significant."

    Advice: The ailment he sustained off the ice is expected to keep him sidelined for months rather than weeks. McKenzie reports that Harding is already on crutches and sporting a walking boot. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:04 pm
  • Justin Braun's new deal worth $19 million
    Justin Braun's five-year contract is worth $19 million.

    Advice: He set career highs with four goals, 13 assists, 17 points and 146 blocked shots in 82 games last season. Braun averaged 20:59 of ice time per game and saw plenty of time on San Jose's shutdown tandem alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:57 pm
  • Nathan Horton has lingering back issue
    Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen isn't sure if Nathan Horton (back) will miss the start of the season.

    Advice: The injury isn't expected to be long term. Shoulder and abdominal injuries sidelined Horton for most of the 2013-14 season. His back ailment could limit his participation at the start of training camp. We'll keep you posted on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:40 pm
  • Sharks ink Justin Braun to 5-year extension
    Justin Braun has reached a five-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks.

    Advice: "Justin has emerged as one of our most well-rounded and dependable defensemen," said GM Doug Wilson. "He's an excellent skater who excels in matching up against the opponents top players on a nightly basis and fits in well with our core group of younger players. We feel Justin has just scratched the surface of his talent and we are excited to have him under contract for the next six seasons." His new deal won't go into effect until the end of the 2014-15 campaign. In 82 games last year, Braun registered 17 points, 121 shots and a plus-19 rating. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:19 am
  • Ryan Johansen may work out back home
    The Columbus Blue Jackets won't let Ryan Johansen prepare for the upcoming at their facilities if he doesn't agree to a new deal before training camp opens.

    Advice: That's not an uncommon situation, but it adds to what has been an intense and recently heated negotiation process. Johansen may go home to Vancouver or head to Portland, his former WHL team, to participate in on-ice workouts if his holdout carries through camp. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:52 am
  • Yeo expects to see a motivated Backstrom
    Niklas Backstrom feels healthy heading into training camp and he wants to recapture his past form.

    Advice: "Backy's kind of been the forgotten soldier right now," coach Mike Yeo said Monday. "Nobody even talks about him. He's won a lot of hockey games for us, there's been many games where I know he stole games for us. He's a guy who can come in and do that again this year. I think he'll be motivated." If he can put his injury woes behind him then Backstrom could be a sneaky pick late in drafts as a depth goalie option. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:40 am
  • Tomas Jurco hopes to start with Red Wings
    Tomas Jurco would prefer not to start the upcoming season in the minors.

    Advice: "It would hurt," Jurco said. "Every player wants to play in the NHL. But it's a kind of a business, and if I'm going to start there, I'm going to play my best hockey and hopefully I'll move up here early in the season." He produced eight goals and 15 points in 36 appearances with Detroit last year. Jurco will look to earn a roster spot with the big club out of training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:26 am
  • Dan DeKeyser's contract is worth $4.375M
    Dan DeKeyser'a two-year contract with the Red Wings is worth $4.375 million.

    Advice: "He's one of our of top-four defensemen, he's become one of our most important players," Red Wings GM Ken Holland said. "This probably took a little longer than both sides wanted, but when you look around the league there weren't many comparables." He's unlikely to garner much fantasy attention heading into the 2014-15 season, but he has the potential to warrant consideration if he offensive game continues to develop. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:20 am
  • John Mitchell skates Tuesday with teammates
    John Mitchell participated in an informal skate on Tuesday.

    Advice: He missed the last two games of the regular season and all seven of Colorado's playoff contests due to a concussion. Mitchell will probably be looking for the green light to take contact when the Avalanche meet for physicals on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:49 am
  • Alex Tanguay takes part in informal skate
    Alex Tanguay skated with his teammates on Tuesday in an informal workout.

    Advice: He missed most of the 2013-14 campaign because of injury, but we should know more about how feels heading into this season after the Avalanche get together for physicals and other fitness testing on Thursday morning. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:44 am
  • UFA Sami Salo would like to play this year
    Sami Salo is still hoping to play this season, but he remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: He also said that he isn't 100 percent yet from a wrist injury, which may have been the upper-body ailment he had during the playoffs. Salo registered four goals and 17 points in 71 games last season with the Lightning. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:07 am
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  • Nikita Scherbak set to attend Canadiens' camp
    Nikita Scherbak took part in one scrimmage at Montreal's rookie camp, but he'll join the Canadiens for the club's main camp.

    Advice: "I was skating in Saskatoon before I got sick here the first three days," Scherbak said Tuesday. "I was just walking around while the guys were practicing and I was feeling no good, kind of frustrated. So I was excited to be on the ice today." He added that he's at about 85 percent, but he expects to be fine for training camp. Scherbak was the 26th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:49 am
  • Agent: B's need to clear space for R. Smith
    Agent Anton Thun doesn't expect a deal to get worked out for Reilly Smith until Boston GM Peter Chiarelli creates some salary cap space.

    Advice: "Peter and I have had several discussions over the summer, but thus far we haven't come to an agreement on Reilly's value," Thun said. "Reilly understands the importance of being patient here while the Bruins get their finances in order." It doesn't look like Smith will be available for the start of training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:07 am
  • Zach Bogosian feels everyone needs to step up
    Zach Bogosian is looking for everyone on the Jets to step up this year and hopefully he was including himself in that statement as well.

    Advice: "If you look on paper, teams got a lot better," admitted Bogosian referring to Winnipeg's Central Division rivals. "But you've just got to make sure that everyone steps into a bigger role this year and I think we've got the guys on this team that can do that, whether it's a younger guy that maybe had a limited role last year or veteran guys that have been around for awhile. We have a good mixture of guys, it's time for everyone to step up. Everyone knows that." For Bogosian, staying healthy will be important as he has struggled to avoid missing chunks of three seasons due to injury as a member of the Jets. In 55 games last year, he had three goals and eight points to go with 134 shots and a plus-3 rating. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:48 am
  • Mathieu Perreault could help Jets on faceoffs
    Mathieu Perreault might help Winnipeg in the faceoff circle this season.

    Advice: He led the Ducks with a 52.6 winning percentage on 830 total draws during the 2013-14 campaign. The Jets finished 28th in faceoff wins last year at just 46.9 percent. Perreault inked a three-year deal worth $9 million to play in Winnipeg in the summer and he's expected to get an increased role from the one he had in Anaheim despite being penciled in to play on the third line. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:34 am
  • Vlasic might start getting more PP ice time
    Marc-Edouard Vlasic might get a chance to play more with the man advantage in 2014-15.

    Advice: Vlasic averaged just 42 seconds per game worth of power-play ice time last season. He's emerged as one of the league's top defensemen, but that hasn't translated to standard fantasy leagues because he hasn't stood out offensively. If he starts playing a bigger role with the man advantage than that might change. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:49 am
  • Paul Martin isn't likely to re-sign soon
    Paul Martin doesn't anticipate signing a contract extension in the near future.

    Advice: Martin has one season left on his five-year, $25 million contract. After missing the bulk of the 2013-14 campaign, the Penguins would probably rather see how Martin does this season before deciding whether or not they want to re-sign him. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:42 am
  • M. Cammalleri upbeat about Devils' chances
    Michael Cammalleri thinks the New Jersey Devils are in a position to surprise people this season.

    Advice: "I like our team," Cammalleri said. "I've said that since deciding to sign here. I think we have a good team. Even talking to the guys - and I've talked to a couple of the guys coming in on tryouts that I've known from other teams - and everyone seems to think that this team is going to be maybe better than the outsiders might expect. So, I like our team. I think we're going to be a real good team." The hope is that Cammalleri will be a big part of it after signing a five-year, $25 million contract. There's a fair chance he'll end up playing on the team's first line with Jaromir Jagr and Travis Zajac, although nothing has been determined at this stage. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:13 am
  • Kevin Westgarth gets training camp invite
    Kevin Westgarth has been invited to the Edmonton Oilers' training camp on a tryout basis.

    Advice: Westgarth had seven points and 64 penalty minutes in 36 contests with Calgary last season. He might end up getting a two-way contract from the Oilers if he's solid in their training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:07 am
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  • Staal expects more from Lindholm in 2014-15
    The Carolina Hurricanes are looking for Elias Lindholm to take a step up in his sophomore season.

    Advice: Lindholm had nine goals and 21 points in 58 games in 2013-14. "I think he took big strides from the beginning of the year," Hurricanes captain Eric Staal said. "You could see the talent and the skill and the smarts right off the bat. I expect bigger things out of him this year because he's going to be a good player and play in this league a long time." Lindholm will probably end up being a borderline player in standard fantasy leagues this season, but he should take a step forward and has a lot of upside. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:46 am
  • Wideman over 2013-14 season-ending injury
    Dennis Wideman has recovered from the upper-body injury that caused him to miss the last 20 games of the 2013-14 campaign.

    Advice: Wideman had four goals and 21 points in 46 games in 2013-14. He could reach the 40-point mark this season if he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:38 am
  • Dennis Wideman helps guide Sam Bennett
    Veteran defenseman Dennis Wideman is helping to make Sam Bennett's adjustment to the Calgary Flames a smoother one.

    Advice: "I went golfing with him one day, and I hung out with him a lot," Bennett said. "He's a guy that really has reached out to me and really helped me prepare myself for camp and what to expect. Definitely, it was nice chatting with him. Just telling me what camp's going to be like and just little things, like how to act in the dressing room being a rookie and what to expect from the coaches and that kind of stuff. Definitely, he's been a huge help for that part of it." For his part, Wideman has been impressed by Bennett's performance in scrimmages. Wideman noted that Bennett hasn't shied away from going into corners and battling with the veteran players and his speed also caught Wideman's attention. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:35 am
  • Olli Maatta could receive medical clearance
    Penguins head coach Mike Johnson is expected to receive news from team doctors on Olli Maatta's surgically repaired shoulder on Wednesday or Thursday.

    Advice: Maatta has been recovering nicely from the shoulder surgery that he received in May and could be cleared for contact just in time for training camp if the medical report goes well. His timeline to return was four-to-six months so fantasy owners have to be thrilled with this good news. There is a chance that he could return to the lineup for opening night but the coaching staff won't guarantee anything. This is definitely a situation worth monitoring as the 2012 first-rounder showed brilliance during his rookie season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Marc Method fears extension won't happen
    Marc Methot and the Ottawa Senators are reportedly at a $300,000 gap in price and while that seems manageable, the defenseman fears that it is just an excuse to not get a deal done.

    Advice: "It's at the stage where I'm really not comfortable that the team wants to do anything (on a new deal)," said a disappointed Methot on Tuesday. Methot is entering the final year of a contract that has a $3 Million cap hit and pays him a $3.75 Million salary. His agent Larry Kelly has said they were originally going for a five year deal worth $5.5 Million per but has since given a home town discount. Senators GM Bob Murray has said they would rather trade him than lose him in free agency. It seems the Senators think a lot less of the vet despite his attempts to reach an agreement in his home town. Methot is not much of a fantasy option unless you are in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • John Davidson lashes out at Johansen's agent
    Columbus president of hockey operations John Davidson had some choice words for Ryan Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt.

    Advice: Davidson openly questioned whether Overhardt's contract demands were actually in the best interest of his client, referring to his negotiating tactics as "extortion". The Blue Jackets president added to his criticism, asking "I wonder if the agent is going to pay him his money back that he's going to lose by sitting out?" Forced to plan for life without their number one center, Columbus is prepared to make some lineup changes to fill the void. "We've got Boone Jenner who can move to the middle. We've got (Brandon) Dubinsky, who can move up a spot," Davidson said. "Nothing changes for us (if Johansen's not there). We're not a team that has to get on our knees to beg people to play for us. It's not going to happen." Owners of Johansen in keeper leagues can't be pleased by how this is going. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Josh Harding dealing with ankle injury
    Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding surprised everyone Tuesday when it was revealed he was dealing with an ankle injury.

    Advice: Details around the severity of the ailment or even how it occurred have not been revealed, but if Harding is sidelined for an extended period it could definitely muddy the Minnesota goaltending situation. Veteran Niklas Backstrom is hoping to remain healthy after last year's injury-filled campaign while Darcy Kuemper has hinted at a potential move to the KHL as part of a testy contract negotiation so the added question makes surrounding Harding are troubling. More information will be passed along as it becomes available. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
  • Detroit locks Dan DeKeyser up for two years
    The Detroit Red Wings signed Dan DeKeyser to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

    Advice: This one came right down to the wire as far as the defenseman's stated goal in participating in training camp is concerned. The 24-year-old seems to have solid if unspectacular potential in fantasy terms; he scored four goals and 23 points in 65 games last season while compiling 30 PIM and averaging 21:38 TOI. Nothing amazing, but if he continues to grow he should be a solid depth D option in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:23 pm
  • Kekalainen takes firm stance on Johansen
    Columbus Blue Jackets Jarmo Kekalainen plainly stated that his team isn't willing to spend "franchise-type money" on Ryan Johansen yet.

    Advice: Johansen is a restricted free agent and at this point in danger of missing the start of training camp. Despite that, Kekalainen is taking a hard line with the talented young forward. "Our success is going to come from being a team, not a bunch of individuals or stars, or whatever," Kekalainen said. "To me, it's huge that you go through training camp together and get ready. When training camp starts, that's it. After that, the focus is on the guys who are there on tryouts or guys who are under contract. That's it. That will be the only focus." He's probably gambling on the idea that Johansen will cave rather than risk missing playing time at this stage of his career. That's risky, but Kekalainen does have a point. Johansen had 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games last season, but he was far worse in his previous years and while his talent isn't in question, it's reasonable to want him to prove that he can stay at that level before giving him a big contract. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:13 am
  • Dan DeKeyser 'anxious' for new deal
    Dan DeKeyser is getting "kind of anxious" regarding his contract situation with the Detroit Red Wings.

    Advice: "Hopefully, something gets done soon, because camp is only a few days away," he said. GM Ken Holland said he spoke with DeKeyser's agent on Monday and they'll continue talks on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:57 pm
  • Report: Wild, Kuemper still at a standstill
    TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that there's "no thaw yet" in the standoff between Minnesota and goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

    Advice: The Wild want to get the 24-year-old netminder under a two-way contract, but Kuemper is reportedly seeking a one-year, one-way deal at $850,000. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:58 am
  • Johansen in danger of becoming a risky bet
    It seems very likely at this point that Ryan Johansen will miss the start of training camp.

    Advice: Of course, nothing is set in stone, but the fact that Johansen is still a restricted free agent in mid-September is a very bad sign. Sooner or later, we have to believe either the Blue Jackets or Johansen will concede, but with every passing day, the danger of this impacting Johansen's season increases. Missing part or all of training camp could cause Johansen to start the season off on the wrong foot and in a worst case scenario, that could have a snowballing effect. Of course, that's only one possibility, but the risk associated with having Johansen on your fantasy team increases with every day he goes unsigned despite the likelihood that Johansen will not miss too much of the regular season, if any at all, due to this impasse. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:30 am
  • Tanguay bounce back candidate
    If you are looking for a sleeper bounce-back candidate look no further than Alex Tanguay.

    Advice: He was hampered by a hip injury last season but is apparently healthy now and ticketed to play on a line with Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly. We would not be surprised if Tanguay registered 60 points this season. Given where he sits on many hockey pool lists based on last season's stats, that would make him a tremendous bargain. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:44 am
  • Ryan Johansen's reps resume talks with CBJ
    While it doesn't sound like much progress has been made - Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is leaving discussions to his assistant - at least the Ryan Johansen contract talks have resumed.

    Advice: He scored more goals (33) and points (63) in the 2013-14 season than he had in his previous two seasons combined, so it's easy to see why there's an impasse. At 22, missing a training camp or even a few regular season games wouldn't be ideal, but at least consider a slow start a possibility when pondering the up-and-coming Blue Jackets forward. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:37 am
  • Sam Bennett picks up assist in first pro game
    Sam Bennett set up Josh Jooris for an empty net goal in the Flames 6-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets rookies.

    Advice: Bennett was taken fourth overall in the 2014 Draft and this was his first game at the professional level, albeit in a rookie game against the Jets. He was a force as he played a strong two-way game. Bennett could use another year in junior hockey so do not be surprised if he is sent back to the OHL before the start of the NHL season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:29 am
  • Sam Bennett has gotten stronger
    Sam Bennett did 11 pull-ups on Thursday after being unable to do them at all during the NHL Scouting Combine.

    Advice: Bennett has spent the summer bulking up to help him compete for a spot on the Flames' opening game roster. Flames GM Brad Treliving recently said that he would be "shocked" if Bennett sticks with Calgary this season, but Bennett isn't discouraged by that. Bennett was taken with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:08 am
  • Dan DeKeyser hopeful new deal is coming
    Dan DeKeyser is still hopeful that he'll have a new contract with the Red Wings for the start of training camp.

    Advice: "There's still some time left here before camp," DeKeyser said. "Obviously I don't want to miss anything like that. Hopefully we can come to something here pretty soon." There hasn't been any talks between the two sides for about a week, but GM Ken Holland expects negotiations to resume soon. DeKeyser isn't frustrated that he remains unsigned with camps just a week away. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:34 am
  • Agent: Minnesota, Darcy Kuemper are 'stuck'
    Darcy Kuemper and the Minnesota Wild are "stuck" as far as the contract negotiations go, according to agent Jeff Helperl.

    Advice: Kuemper is seeking a one-way deal for the 2014-15 campaign while the Wild are trying to get him to sign a two-year deal that's two-way for this season. It was recently reported that Kuemper might sign a KHL deal at this point and Helperl didn't rule it out. "Well, he's going to play somewhere, so it could happen," Helperl said. "We'll see when camp starts and see where we're at. . I last spoke to Chuck I think last week and I don't think we moved very far ahead." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:55 am
  • Report: Darcy Kuemper looking at KHL options
    Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that the Wild want Darcy Kuemper to sign a two-way deal.

    Advice: However, Kuemper is seeking a one-way contract after performing well last year during the regular season and the playoffs. Minnesota already has Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom in the fold for their crease, but both of them are injury risks. Kuemper acts as a good insurance policy for the team, but a two-way deal offers them more flexibility. McKenzie reports that Kuemper is looking at options in the KHL, with an out-clause in case something gets worked out to keep him in the NHL. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 10:20 am
  • Elias Lindholm wants to see team progress
    Elias Lindholm is eager to see improvements in the Hurricanes during his second year in the NHL.

    Advice: "When we're playing good we're a really good team," Lindholm said. "We just need to play hard all (season) long. We didn't do it last year. We didn't get to the playoffs. Hopefully this year." It was a long off-season for Lindholm after he spent some time in Greece, he was back home to Sweden for three months. He had nine goals and 21 points in 58 games last campaign. The 19-year-old should be more comfortable in the NHL this year and his numbers will improve as a result. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 6:42 am
  • Marc Methot, Senators not making progress
    No progress has been made in contract talks between the Senators and defenseman Marc Methot, as the 29 year-old seeks a big extension as he enters the final year of his deal.

    Advice: Methot is currently making $3 million annually with one year remaining on his four year deal. The 6'3, 222 pound veteran is believed to be looking at an extension in the neighborhood of Brooks Orpik's five-year, $5.5 million pact with the Washington Capitals. The Senators have no problem with the term, but are hesitant to shell out that much money for the veteran. Methot's name could arise on the trading block should a deal not be made during the course of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 11:57 am
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