Wild GM finds himself ‘crying like a baby’ at night during woeful month

Paul Fenton is ready to see the calendar flip to March.

The Minnesota Wild are 1-6-3 in February, causing a lot of sleepless nights for the club's rookie general manager.

"It hasn't been a lot of fun trying to sleep at night," Fenton told The Athletic's Michael Russo prior to Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. "When I do go to sleep, I find myself crying like a baby."

The Wild have now been shut out in back-to-back games.

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Cherry doesn’t mind Hurricanes’ T-shirts, doubles down on celebration criticism

Don Cherry called the Hurricanes "a bunch of jerks" for their post-win celebrations on Saturday, and Carolina responded with a T-shirt embracing his criticism.

Though Cherry's stance hasn't changed, he has no issue with the T-shirts.

“I don’t mind it, if they want to have fun with it,” Cherry said with a laugh, according to the National Post. “I’m sure some of the players are embarrassed but when the owner (Tom Dundon) says ‘be more entertaining,’ I guess that’s what they call entertaining.”

The Hurricanes have played duck-duck-goose, mocked a walk-off home run, and acted as bowling pins among other creative celebrations after home wins.

“We in Canada, at least most of the people I know in Canada, revere the game. I don’t think there’s any secret there,” said Cherry. “I guess I’m the only guy who said it, but that’s why I said it. I mean it, I mean every word.

“We call the Stanley Cup the Holy Grail in Canada and here we have these jerks doing a pantomime after wins.”

Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour, who Cherry called a "straight shooter," said he doesn't care what others think about his team's celebrations.

“To me, that demeans the sport," Cherry continued. "It’s like pro wrestling, almost.”

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Report: Red Wings ready to sign Nyquist if trade offers are subpar

Gustav Nyquist might be staying in the Motor City.

The Detroit Red Wings are ready to sign the pending unrestricted free-agent forward to a contract extension if they don't receive a trade offer that meets their asking price, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported on Tuesday's edition of "Insider Trading."

Nyquist could become an attractive commodity for teams that miss out on top-tier forward rentals Artemi Panarin, Mark Stone, or Matt Duchene. The 29-year-old has 15 goals and 48 points in 59 games this season, but would need to waive his no-trade clause before being dealt.

Nyquist headlines Detroit's list of pending UFAs which also includes veteran Thomas Vanek, right-handed blue-liner Nick Jensen, and goaltender Jimmy Howard.

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Report: Red Wings ready to sign Nyquist if trade offers are subpar

Gustav Nyquist might be staying in the Motor City.

The Detroit Red Wings are ready to sign the pending unrestricted free-agent forward to a contract extension if they don't receive a trade offer that meets their asking price, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported on Tuesday's edition of "Insider Trading."

Nyquist could become an attractive commodity for teams that miss out on top-tier forward rentals Artemi Panarin, Mark Stone, or Matt Duchene. The 29-year-old has 15 goals and 48 points in 59 games this season, but would need to waive his no-trade clause before being dealt.

Nyquist headlines Detroit's list of pending UFAs which also includes veteran Thomas Vanek, right-handed blue-liner Nick Jensen, and goaltender Jimmy Howard.

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Tortorella on Panarin’s absence from lineup: ‘He sh– his pants, he was puking’

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Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella made it clear that star winger Artemi Panarin is out with an illness Tuesday despite recent trade rumors.

"He shit his pants, he was puking, he did everything, so enough," Tortorella told reporters Tuesday ahead of the Blue Jackets' tilt with the Montreal Canadiens. "I was told he's sick, he's not eating, he's puking .... he's sick as a dog, yes he's very sick and that's why he's out."

Panarin is one of the most highly demanded players rumored to be available ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline.

It didn't take long for Twitter to have some fun following Tortorella's scrum.

Heading into Tuesday's action, the Blue Jackets occupy the third seed in the Metropolitan Division and sit just one point clear of a playoff position.

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Report: Duchene not expected to play Thursday to avoid injury risk

Matt Duchene may have played his last game with the Ottawa Senators.

The pending unrestricted free agent is not expected to be in the lineup Thursday against the New Jersey Devils to avoid injury risk, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

Dreger reported on Sunday the Senators plan to trade Duchene before Monday's 3 p.m. deadline.

Duchene tallied two assists on Monday against the Chicago Blackhawks, giving him 58 points in 50 games this season.

The Winnipeg Jets and Columbus Blue Jackets have already reportedly shown interest in Duchene.

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Marchand: Bruins hoped Thornton would score 4th goal

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After San Jose Sharks legend Joe Thornton picked up his first hat trick in over eight years Monday, the entire hockey world - including the opposing Boston Bruins - was anticipating what might happen if the 39-year-old scored a fourth time.

"Obviously with Thornton getting his hat trick, we wanted to win, but I think we were all kind of hoping for him to get that fourth one to see if he was actually going to do what he said he was going to do," Bruins forward Brad Marchand told reporters Tuesday.

In 2013, Tomas Hertl - then a rookie - went between the legs for his fourth goal of a game against the New York Rangers to give San Jose an 8-2 lead. Afterward, Thornton heard a reporter ask one of his teammates whether Hertl was showboating and jumped to his defense.

"Shut up. Have you ever played the game? I'd have my (rooster) out if I scored four goals. I'd have my (rooster) out, stroking it," Thornton said, according to The Province.

San Jose held a 5-4 lead late in Monday's game, meaning Thornton would've had a reasonable shot at four goals if the Bruins pulled the goalie. Instead, Chris Wagner's controversial marker with under two minutes remaining forced overtime, and Boston eventually won.

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Report: Bruins will be all-in on Stone if Sens can’t sign him to extension

Add another team to the potential bidding war for Mark Stone.

The Boston Bruins will be all-in on the star winger if the Ottawa Senators are unable to sign him to a new deal, reports the New York Post's Larry Brooks.

In addition to the Bruins, the Winnipeg Jets and Vegas Golden Knights have also reportedly expressed interest in Stone.

The 26-year-old's camp and the Senators have reportedly re-engaged in discussions regarding an extension to see there's any common ground.

Stone is a pending unrestricted free agent who could be one of the most sought-after players ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline.

The premier two-way player is carrying a $7.35-million cap hit on his expiring deal.

Stone leads the Senators with 28 goals and 62 points in 59 games.

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Byfuglien out at least 3 games with new injury

Dustin Byfuglien is hurt again.

The Winnipeg Jets defenseman has a new lower-body injury and won't join the club for its upcoming road trip, head coach Paul Maurice told the assembled media, including team reporter Jamie Thomas, after Tuesday's practice.

Maurice said Byfuglien was hurt in Saturday's loss to the Ottawa Senators, and that he'll miss at least the next three contests, according to the Winnipeg Sun's Paul Friesen.

The Jets' road trip will feature matchups against the Colorado Avalanche, the Vegas Golden Knights, and the Arizona Coyotes before the team returns home to face the Minnesota Wild next Tuesday.

Byfuglien is Winnipeg's workhorse, averaging a team-leading 24:26 of ice time per contest. The gargantuan blue-liner has collected 30 points in 37 appearances, but also missed 15 games earlier this season with a leg injury.

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Report: Stars have checked in on Zuccarello

The Dallas Stars may be looking to bolster their forward depth.

Dallas has checked in on New York Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Zuccarello is one of the top potential rental candidates ahead of the Feb. 25 NHL trade deadline.

The 31-year-old is a pending unrestricted free agent carrying a $4.5-million cap hit, according to CapFriendly.

Zuccarello has produced 37 points in 44 games this season.

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