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Teams that should make moves on NHL trade deadline day

ftw.usatoday.com — It's NHL trade deadline day, which is the league's version of Christmas in early March. Everyone receives presents on this day. The good teams receive veteran players to help during their playoff push. Bad teams receive prospects and draft picks to help in the future. It really has been trade deadline week.

NHL trade deadline wheeling and dealing is far from over

ftw.usatoday.com — With more than 24 hours left before the 3 p.m. ET NHL trade deadline, shoppers are finding the cupboards unusually bare. Early shoppers have claimed most of the prime trade targets. For example, USA TODAY's top five trade candidates from a Feb.

David Clarkson trade puts Maple Leafs’ rebuilding ahead of schedule

ftw.usatoday.com — The Toronto Maple Leafs' teardown project is proceeding smoother than anyone anticipated it would. General manager Dave Nonis' ability to move David Clarkson's contract to the Columbus Blue Jackets was the bonus of an 11-day period when Nonis was able to accumulate a first-round draft p...

Five things to know about the NHL trade deadline market

ftw.usatoday.com — With three more desirable players traded Wednesday, the marketplace seems to be thinning out before Monday's 3 p.m., ET, NHL trade deadline. Here are five things we know as we approach the last weekend: 1. Jeff Petry's value on the rise: With Andrej Sekera now gone, the Edmonton Oilers' veteran is the top "rental" defenseman.

8 forwards the Blackhawks could trade for to replace Patrick Kane

ftw.usatoday.com — Patrick Kane's injury could have an impact on the forward market going into Monday's trade deadline. The Blackhawks have salary cap considerations to consider. But If the Blackhawks decide to add a forward, here are some of the top available forwards: 1.

The Elements of a Good Headline (Infographic)

prdaily.com — Clickbait is ruining the art of headline writing. As a budding young web editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, one of my colleagues and I would compete to see who could get his clever headline printed in the paper version. All that SEO stuff was boring to us.

Why isn’t anyone talking about the Montreal Canadiens?

ftw.usatoday.com — Are the Montreal Canadiens hiding in plain sight? That's a fair question to ask, considering how little attention they are receiving with the NHL's second-best record. The Canadiens have the NHL's best team goals-against average, the fourth best penalty killing efficiency and rank fifth in five-on-five play.

Pekka Rinne, Carey Price are waging the best goalie battle in years

ftw.usatoday.com — The NHL could be headed to the tightest Vezina Trophy race in seven years with Nashville's Pekka Rinne and Montreal's Carey Price now owning remarkably similar statistics. Rinne owns a 34-8-3 record in 45 appearances, and Price is at 33-11-3 in 47 games.

Two key points on the line as Kings, Sharks play outdoors

ftw.usatoday.com — NHL chief operating officer John Collins has always insisted that his league's outdoor games be competitions rather than exhibitions. "I think that was the magic of outdoor games going all the way back to (the first Winter Classic) in Buffalo," Collins said. "(It's) a game that counts two points.

6 great myths about the Miracle on Ice

ftw.usatoday.com — Sunday is the 35th anniversary of USA's 4-3 win against the Soviets at the 1980 Olympic Games. It's been called the Miracle on Ice. Here is primer for sorting out common mistakes from the truth about the events surrounding the greatest upset in sports history: 1.
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