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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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DeBoer thinks Sharks will get apology for officiating vs. Bruins

Peter DeBoer thinks the NHL will apologize for the refereeing during Monday night's defeat to the Boston Bruins.

The San Jose Sharks head coach said as much when asked about Chris Wagner's controversial late tying goal. The Bruins forward appeared to bat the puck out of the air with a high stick before it went into the net.

DeBoer confirmed the officiating crew told him Wagner was allowed to play the puck at shoulder length. However, the goal didn't get reviewed because the initial high stick wasn't called.

"It was above his shoulders, but really, the officiating (for) the whole third period ... was ... I'm sure we'll get an explanation and some type of apology," DeBoer told reporters postgame. "It doesn't help us in the standings, but that's usually how it works."

Wagner's stick appeared to make contact with the puck above the crossbar prior to the goal. Then he seemed to touch the puck again with his stick, but the issue is whether his second touch occurred before or after the puck crossed the goal line.

If the second touch came before the puck crossed the line, Wagner would have been eligible to play the puck at his shoulder and not crossbar height on the first touch.

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Brind’Amour: Canes ‘don’t care what other people think’ about celebrations

Rod Brind'Amour is all for his players' post-win routines.

The Carolina Hurricanes head coach left no doubt about his position on the "storm surge" celebrations that Don Cherry criticized on "Hockey Night in Canada" on Saturday night.

"It's not about everyone else. (Critics are) missing the point," Brind'Amour told reporters Monday. "It's about our players engaging our fans and thanking them for sticking with us, being there (for us), and trying to provide a little levity to a pretty serious game. We push these guys pretty hard."

He said the performances aren't taking place while games are in progress, and the team deserves to let loose in a unique way.

"Everything's happening after the game. This isn't during the game. It's not before the game. This is when it's all said and done. They've put the work in and now they're just ... instead of just the traditional salute to the fans which nobody cares about, they're just trying to do something a little different.

"We really don't care what other people think about it. It's been pretty positive around here. I haven't had one fan here say they didn't like it, so I don't think we're changing it."

Brind'Amour said none of the players have been uncomfortable with the celebrations.

"I think they love it, and it's their thing," he continued. "If (team captain Justin Williams) thought they didn't want to do it anymore, he wouldn't do it. We're making way too big a deal of it."

The bench boss added that there are no plans to stop or alter the post-win ritual that the club started this season.

"The fans are enjoying it. You've got to remember, that's what we're here to do. They're the ones that pay the salaries. We have to do things a little differently down here to keep people interested. At the end of the day, it's entertainment and for whatever reason they think that's entertaining. It's fun, people."

Brind'Amour said he hopes Monday was the first and last time he has to talk about the celebrations, calling the discussion "irrelevant to what's going on."

Cherry lashed out at the team, calling Hurricanes players "a bunch of jerks" and warning that "they better not do this in the playoffs."

Shortly after Cherry's rant, Carolina shut out the Dallas Stars and did a limbo contest to celebrate. The latest routine drew praise from Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon, and a subtle jab at Cherry. On Sunday, the club revealed "bunch of jerks" T-shirts that will be available later this week.

The Hurricanes are surging on the ice as well, having won eight of their last 10 games to move into the playoff hunt.

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Hossa details career-ending eczema: ‘My body told me there was no other way’

Marian Hossa is opening up about the skin condition that forced him to retire last May.

The former star forward recently went into detail about the physical challenges he endured in the final years of his career in an interview with The Athletic's Scott Powers in his native Slovakia.

"I wasn't really thinking about the end, it just (came) basically, the eczema kind of told me," Hossa told Powers. "My body told me there was no other way. That's when I had to start thinking, 'Well, it could be.' Because my skin (was) almost like breaking. (It was) leaking from the wounds. (I was) missing practices."

Hossa said he was diagnosed with eczema six years ago, triggered by the combination of his sweat and hockey equipment. It was initially manageable but intensified over time, as red blotches began forming on his body.

Eventually, his condition affected more than just hockey.

"That's the one thing, I was still in great shape, I felt good. But I came home, I was afraid to touch my kids because (my) skin was not in a good shape," Hossa explained. "I said 'I'm not supposed to be like this. I'm not supposed to eat pills to play hockey.' Those pills are not easy pills. Those are hard pills. Every second week I have to go to (the) hospital to check my blood. If those pills don't affect me, something else (does).

"I said at what point should I be doing this to keep going? I have a life. I have a young family. I don't want to risk it with another year with the pills on me. So I just came to the thing where I had to make a big decision and I have to be like, 'Body says you have to stop.'"

Hossa said he felt uncomfortable removing his gear in the dressing room after games and that his condition prevented him from going to dinner with his Team Europe teammates before the final at the World Cup of Hockey in 2016.

The 40-year-old won the Stanley Cup three times with the Chicago Blackhawks and played for five teams in his 19-season career, racking up 525 goals and 1,134 points in 1,309 games.

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Report: Sens make Duchene available, re-engage with Stone in contract talks

The Ottawa Senators have made Matt Duchene available and have re-engaged with Mark Stone in discussions regarding an extension over the past few days to see if there's common ground, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports.

Trade talks involving Duchene are expected to heat up over the next few days, according to Friedman.

Both players are pending unrestricted free agents, and as a result, they've long been considered to be two of the biggest potential trade-deadline targets for other teams.

The Winnipeg Jets and Vegas Golden Knights have reportedly shown interest in Stone.

Duchene was dealt to the Senators by the Colorado Avalanche in November 2017, while Stone has spent his entire career with Ottawa after being drafted by the Sens in 2010.

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Cherry rips Hurricanes for post-win celebrations: ‘They’re a bunch of jerks’

Don Cherry is predictably perturbed about the Carolina Hurricanes' post-win routines.

The longtime "Coach's Corner" pundit went off Saturday night when asked about the subject by broadcast partner Ron MacLean.

"This is the National Hockey League. (Hurricanes bench boss Rod) Brind'Amour is a good coach. These guys, to me, are jerks," Cherry said. "They're still not drawing (fans) ... I'll tell you one thing: They better not do this in the playoffs. What I don't understand is, Brind'Amour's a straight shooter. He always was. This is a joke."

Cherry wasn't done there.

"Young men expressing themselves for (the) joy of winning," he said in a mocking tone. "You don't do this thing in the (NHL). This is professional hockey. What are these guys, jerks or something?"

The 85-year-old former coach suggested there's a time and a place for it.

"If you want to do it, do it before (the game), but that is absolutely ridiculous," he said. "I know all the broadcasters and everything are afraid to say something like that (but the Hurricanes are) jerks (for) doing it."

Cherry finished his rant by calling out Hurricanes captain Justin Williams, who often leads the post-win performances and is one of the biggest defenders of the team's celebrations.

"I know what I'm talking about. You (should) never do anything like that. They're still not drawing (fans). They're a bunch of jerks as far as I'm concerned. Imagine Justin Williams doing stuff like that. Ridiculous."

The Hurricanes changed their Twitter bio shortly after Cherry's comments.

Later on in the evening, Hurricanes defenseman Calvin de Haan tweeted the viral "Don Cherry's piano desk" video from 2011.

Brian Burke has also been vocal in his criticism of the celebrations.

Carolina players Dougie Hamilton and Warren Foegele mimed a walk-off home run Friday night following a victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

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Oilers scratch Puljujarvi amid trade chatter, expected to send him to AHL

Jesse Puljujarvi was scratched from the Edmonton Oilers' lineup against the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

It was not due to injury, according to Sportsnet's Mark Spector, who noted earlier in the day that the key to the Oilers' acquisition of Sam Gagner from the Vancouver Canucks is that Edmonton will now send Puljujarvi down to the AHL's Bakersfield Condors.

The decision to sit him came less than 24 hours after the 20-year-old forward's agent suggested a change of scenery would be beneficial and the day after TSN's Ryan Rishaug reported the Oilers were open to trading him.

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Oilers trade Talbot to Flyers for Stolarz

The Edmonton Oilers traded goaltender Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers for netminder Anthony Stolarz, the clubs announced Friday night.

It's a trade that gives the Oilers a bit more wiggle room under the salary cap, as they gain a pro-rated $3.4 million in cap space for the rest of the season, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

That'll allow them to activate defenseman Andrej Sekera off injured reserve when they're ready to do so.

As part of his modified no-trade clause, Talbot had a 10-team list outlining the clubs he'd be willing to accept a trade to, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. The Flyers were not on the list, meaning Talbot had to waive his no-trade clause for the deal to materialize, LeBrun added.

Once Talbot plays for the Flyers, they'll set an NHL record by using eight goaltenders in a single campaign, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Talbot, 31, spent four seasons with the Oilers, who acquired him from the New York Rangers at the 2015 draft. He's a pending unrestricted free agent carrying a cap hit of about $4.17 million.

Stolarz, 25, played 19 games with the Flyers over the last three years. He's a pending restricted free agent with a $761,250 cap hit.

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