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Friday funnies: How many Beatles can NHLers name?
Which Beatle is the most forgotten by today's NHL players?

Player Power Rankings: Gaborik is king, Kessel is mad
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Katie Strang looks at who's rising, who's falling and who's surprising the league this week.

Bettman, Fehr say World Cup green light doesn't yet mean red light for Olympics
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The NHL and NHL Players' Association are fully engrossed in fleshing out the logistics and details of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, but it is hard not to ignore the elephant in the room while they're doing that.

Bettman not concerned with slowing Vegas ticket momentum
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The NHL hasn’t given the Las Vegas ticket drive a deadline, nor is it ready to make any conclusions just yet on the merits of it.As for the next step in the process?

Lots of questions still swirling around World Cup of Hockey
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The broadcast rights of the World Cup of Hockey were officially unveiled Wednesday in what is just another in a series of announcements that the NHL and the NHL Players' Association will make about the tournament in the next 18 months.

Michal Neuvirth could be valuable asset for the New York Islanders
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The New York Islanders acquired goaltender Michal Neuvirth in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres on Monday. The Islanders have 84 points and lead the Metropolitan Division, and Neuvirth gives them valuable depth in the net.

Detroit Red Wings' subtle deadline moves could pay off big in postseason
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The trade deadline was widely anticipated to be a relatively underwhelming affair, given the perceived lack of high-profile players in play. For the most part, the last day on which playoff-bound teams could bolster their rosters for the spring tournament played out that way, with most of the players who changed addresses being of the spare part/depth variety.

3 stars of the week: Hammond, Subban, Malkin
From the official NHL release:HAMMOND, SUBBAN AND MALKIN NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ OF THE WEEKNEW YORK (March 2, 2015) – Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond, Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.

Canadiens, Rangers rising in the Eastern Conference; Maple Leafs continue to slide
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Trending upMontreal Canadiens -- The Habs have won four straight and now find themselves perched atop the Eastern Conference with 87 points. General manager Marc Bergevin was rumored to be one of the most aggressive in scouring the market in the weeks leading up to the deadline, and he was able to snag one of the top rental defenseman, acquiring Jeff Petry from the Edmonton Oilers on Monday in exchange for a pair of picks.

Arizona Coyotes finally trending up, while Los Angeles Kings skidding out West
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Trending upArizona Coyotes -- General Manager Don Maloney and Glen Sather consummated a whopper of a deal Sunday, with the Rangers in win-now mode and the Coyotes cutting bait on what has been a disastrous season.

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