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    • Maple Leafs call up Josh Leivo
      Josh Leivo has been summoned by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      Advice: Leivo spent the All-Star break in the minors and now that it's over, he's back with the big club. He has a goal in nine games with the Maple Leafs this season. Rotoworld.com
      58 minutes ago
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    • Girgensons held scoreless at All-Star Game
      Zemgus Girgensons wasn't able to get a point during the All-Star Game, but he enjoyed his time there.

      Advice: "It's unbelievable skill out there," Girgensons said. "It was just fun seeing all the guys do cool stuff and seeing all those goals. If I was a goalie in this game, I would be ... not happy." Team Toews defeated Team Foligno by a score of 17-12 in the contest. Girgensons was the leading vote-getter for the event, as his Latvian fans stuffed the ballot box. He played on a line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Radim Vrbata during the match. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:28 am
    • Alex Ovechkin gets car to give to charity
      After Alex Ovechkin lobbied to be one of the last picks in the All-Star draft so that he could win a car, it was finally revealed after the game why he wanted one so much.

      Advice: Alex Ovechkin had been trying to win one of the news Honda Honda Accords given out during the All-Star event so that he could donate it to the Washington Ice Dogs, which is a special needs hockey program. Ovechkin befriended one of the members of the team, 10-year-old Ann Schaub. He was skating at an event with the team when Ann invited him to come over to her house for sushi. Her family had been big fans of his as years earlier Ovechkin had met Ann's older brother, Louie, and gave him a stick. Ovechkin didn't end up winning a car, but Honda was curious as to what Ovechkin's motivations were for lobbying for the vehicle. When Honda learned of Ovechkin's goal, they gave him a car so that he could donate it to the Ice Dogs. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:14 am
    • Rick Nash got booed regularly during ASG
      Rick Nash shrugged off the booing he received during the All-Star Game in Columbus.

      Advice: "That's how it's been for the last three years," Nash said, "so I expected it." Nash used to be the face of the Blue Jackets' franchise, but the fact that he demanded a trade guaranteed that he would be leaving on poor terms. He ended up on Team Toews against the hometown favorites Team Foligno. Nash scored twice to help Toews earn a 17-12 victory. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:45 am
    • Patrik Elias gets two assists in fourth ASG
      Patrik Elias got two assists in what might be his last All-Star appearance.

      Advice: Elias, 38, was playing in his fourth All-Star Game. Over the course of his career he's scored a goal and seven points during the competition. He has six goals and 20 points in 37 contests, which aren't exactly All-Star numbers, but the NHL picks at least one player from each team and the Devils didn't provide the league with a great pool to choose from. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:38 am
    • Foligno played a big role in All-Star weekend
      As the team captain and representative of the host city in the All-Star Game, Nick Foligno got far more league-wide attention over the weekend than he's likely accustomed to.

      Advice: Foligno has been a solid player for years, but he's stepped up this season with 18 goals and 42 points in 44 contests. For some hockey fans outside of Columbus, this was essentially their introduction to him despite the fact that he's played in 510 career games. "I was nervous, for sure," Foligno said of playing such a central role in this year's All-Star weekend. "My first time being an All-Star, first time really being around these guys, you just want to — being honest here — fly under the radar and feel it out as you go. I just decided that I was going to embrace this. I really enjoyed every minute. I can't tell you how humbled I am and so excited to be around everybody. I had a blast with it all." He also had a goal and an assist in the All-Star Game. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:21 am
    • J. Gaudreau plays with Filip Forsberg in ASG
      Johnny Gaudreau got an opportunity to play on a line with fellow rookie Filip Forsberg during the All-Star Game.

      Advice: Gaudreau assisted on both of Forsberg's goals. The two are among the frontrunners to win the Calder Trophy this season. "Yeah, he's a skilled hockey player," Gaudreau said of Forsberg. "It was a lot of fun playing with him and getting a chance to play with a whole bunch of other guys. I like how they rotated a few guys on our line, so us young guys got to play with a lot of different people." Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:10 am
    • Hawks place Kris Versteeg on injured reserve
      The Chicago Blackhawks have placed Kris Versteeg on injured reserve.

      Advice: Versteeg has been out with a hand injury since January 1st. The Hawks' forward was originally supposed to miss four weeks, but Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville hinted that Versteeg could be out longer. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:04 pm
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    • Habs recall Christian Thomas from Hamilton
      The Montreal Canadiens have recalled Christian Thomas from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL.

      Advice: The Habs sent Thomas down after their last game before the break, and now that the break is about to end, they will need his services again. The 22-year-old has no points in three games for Montreal this season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:27 pm
    • Erik Cole could be out for weeks
      Erik Cole (upper body) probably won't be able to return to Dallas' lineup immediately after the All-Star break ends.

      Advice: No update has been given in Cole's case, but it is possible that the Stars' forward will be out for weeks. Cole suffered the injury after he crashed into the boards on Tuesday night against Boston. The 36-year-old has 12 goals and 23 points in 44 games. If the Stars are out of the playoff picture before the March 2nd trade deadline, it is entirely possible that they would move Cole. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:48 am
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    • Tom Sestito thinks he be back in NHL
      Tom Sestito thinks that he will be back in the NHL next season.

      Advice: Sestito led the NHL in penalty minutes with 213 last season but with fighting down, the Canucks rarely used the 27-year-old and put him on waivers three weeks ago. He was sent to Utica of the AHL when he passed through waivers as he had an assist and seven penalty minutes in three NHL games this season. "It’s changing but I’m not worried about it too much right now," Sestito said. "It’s pretty tough to get picked up off waivers because clubs have cap issues with roster spots and contracts. I’m pretty confident and I’ll be up in the NHL somewhere next year. I showed I can play and I’ve just got to get more confidence down here and there will be an NHL team that will want me — maybe by the (trade) deadline or maybe next year. I believe that. I’m sure I’ll be back." Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:58 am
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    • Jonathan Drouin wins fastest skater event
      Team Foligno’s Jonathan Drouin won the fastest skater event at the NHL All-Star skills competition with a time of 13.103 seconds.

      Advice: Team Foligno swept the event with all five skaters winning their respective heats. Phil Kessel defeated Tyler Seguin, Jiri Sekac knocked off Mike Hoffman and Zemgus Girgensons was quicker than Vladimir Tarasenko. Drouin defeated Mike Hoffman 13.103 seconds to 13.163 seconds. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 4:39 pm
    • Wild to host Blachawks in 2016 Stadium Series
      The Minnesota Wild will host their rival Chicago Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on Feb. 21st, 2016 as part of the Stadium Series.

      Advice: The State of Hockey finally gets its NHL outdoor game. Said Wild GM Chuck Fletcher, "We call ourselves the State of Hockey. We produce more players than any other state. Hockey thrives at every level outside of the NHL. We have college hockey, high school hockey, girls hockey, women's hockey. Besides the great game with the Wild and the Blackhawks, we'll hopefully have a chance to showcase the other levels of hockey and the passion our fans have for the game." Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:12 pm
    • Avs to host Wings in 2016 Stadium Series
      The Colorado Avalanche will host their rival Detroit Red Wings in Coors Field on Feb. 27th, 2016 for a Stadium Series game.

      Advice: "It is obvious. It is a great rivalry," Gary Bettman said of the rivalry, "going back to some playoffs and some fierce competition they had. We think it will be a lot of fun for the fans." No word yet if Chris Osgood will be added to Detroit's bench to faceoff against Patrick Roy. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:55 pm
    • Steve Downie leads PIM by a wide margin
      Pittsburgh Penguins winger Steve Downie leads the penalty minutes category by a wide margin with 152.

      Advice: No one else has 100, as Derek Dorsett comes in second with 95. One interesting trend is that more productive players are generating PIM; five of the top 10 PIM men have 20+ points, including Downie at 21 (Dustin Byfuglien leads that pack with 31). Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:57 pm
    • Avs face Red Wings in 2016 outdoor game
      The Colorado Avalanche will host the Detroit Red Wings in the third outdoor game and the second under the 2016 Coors Light Stadium Series banner.

      Advice: The contest will take place on Feb. 26, 2016. In Coors Field, the Avalanche have a logical venue for an outdoor game. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:29 am
    • Mike Hoffman wants to win fastest skater
      Mike Hoffman is hoping to participate in the fastest skater competition during Saturday's skills competition.

      Advice: Hoffman won the event at the Senators' skill competition this year, and at last year's AHL All-Star game. "It would be nice to go out there and try to win it," said Hoffman. "You try to win every event that you're in but skating is something that I try to do and do well. I think I could put up a good competition or good score." The rookie forward completed the drill in 13.7 seconds during last month's team skills competition. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:01 am
    • Dany Heatley struggling in the AHL
      Dany Heatley's struggles have continued in the AHL.

      Advice: Heatley has only two goals and an assist in 12 games for Norfolk of the AHL and he was a minus-two on Friday to give him a minus-six rating. He was sent to the minors on December 30 after playing only five games with nary a point for the Ducks this season. His NHL career may be over. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:07 am
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    • Ryane Clowe's career is in limbo
      With four concussions in less than 18 months, Ryan Clowe's career could be over.

      Advice: New Jersey Devils' GM Lou Lamoriello said it's, "very vague at this point" if or when Clowe will return to the ice. Clowe has not played since Nov. 8th, and has dressed just 98 times, including two playoff games with the Rangers, since 2012 for Sharks, Devils and aforementioned Rangers. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:33 pm
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    • Sakic shrugs off trade rumors for O'Reilly
      Colorado executive vice president and GM Joe Sakic shrugged off trade rumors involving Ryan O'Reilly.

      Advice: "I know there are rumors out there. I saw them the last couple of days, but I can tell you that all the rumors come from Toronto, they don't come from us," Sakic said. "What we are going to do is see where our team is down the stretch. He's a core guy. We have him under contract for another year. Those decisions don't have to be made right now. And Ryan, he had a tough start along with our other guys, but he's been much better in the last few weeks as well, and we're happy with the direction him and those other guys are going right now." The Avalanche still feel they can push for the playoffs and their position in the standings could influence the decision of what to do with O'Reilly. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:58 am
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