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Trade: Stars get a goalie, acquire Peters from Arizona

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It’s not the splashy move some expected, but Dallas addressed its goaltending situation on Wednesday in a trade with Arizona.

Justin Peters, a journeyman vet with over 80 games of NHL experience, is on his way to the Stars in exchange for minor-leaguers Brendan Ranford and Branden Troock. Dallas also landed AHL d-man Justin Hache in the deal.

Peters, 30, has spent the majority of this year with Arizona’s affiliate in Tuscon, appearing in just three games with the Coyotes. His best NHL campaign came back in ’13-14 with Carolina, when he made 20 starts and finished with a .919 save percentage.

It’s unlikely the Peters acquisition will change much for Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen. Peters largely a third-stringer at this point in his career, despite serving as a backup for a few seasons. Still, any news on the goalie front in Dallas will raise eyebrows, especially since the Niemi-Lehtonen timeshare has been erratic since GM Jim Nill devised it two years ago.

As for the other pieces in the deal, Ranford could be the most curious. Last summer, Nill identified him as one of the Dallas prospects “everybody wants.”

“We’ve got four young defensemen, five or six young forwards,” Nill said, per NHL.com. “We’ve got three or four guys in the top-20 scoring [Travis Morin, Brendan Ranford, Jason Dickinson] and another guy who’s out for the season in Devin Shore who was leading the league in scoring.

“When I talk about trades, when we got to make trades, that’s who everyone wants and I’m not giving them up. That’s too big a part of our future.”

Ranford, 24, has appeared in one game for the Stars, spending almost all his time in AHL Texas. He had an impressive campaign in ’15-16, finishing with 19 goals and 59 points in 76 games.

Dreading the work week? Watch this dog get ‘ice time’ with puck

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Life is difficult, complex and confusing. Good thing we have dog videos.

Forgive this video being one night late, but for those of us who watch cute animal clips, time is a furry circle. Or something like that.

Anyway, this golden retriever got a little “ice time” before the Washington Capitals’ game against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday in what would end up being a 4-1 win for the Caps. It’s an excellent video featuring a top-notch, hilarious pooch.

Alternate joke: Now that is some puck retrieval.

Patrik Laine’s out sick for Jets on Sunday

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Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews are locked with identical goals (34), assists (27) and points (61) on Sunday, which is remarkable since Laine has played in 67 games versus 75 for Matthews. He won’t get a chance to beef up his numbers on Sunday, either.

It looks like the high-scoring rookie is missing the Winnipeg Jets’ contest against the Vancouver Canucks because of an illness, according to TSN’s Sara Orlesky.

The Jets are almost assured to miss the playoffs, so seeing Laine lose a chance to bolster his Calder argument adds a little extra sadness to the night.

NHL schedules hearing for Micheal Haley’s sucker-punch on Calle Jarnkrok

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The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced a Monday hearing for San Jose Sharks tough guy Micheal Haley for his “roughing/sucker punch” on Calle Jarnkrok of the Nashville Predators.

The league didn’t specify if Haley will face a telephone or in-person hearing on Monday afternoon. They did, interestingly, use the phrase “sucker punch” in that official announcement.

Haley received a match penalty during the game. Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer was highly upset about the hit that inspired Haley’s actions.

“When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth,” DeBoer told reporters.

In other bad news for the Sharks, CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz reports that Logan Couture‘s situation isn’t looking promising after he was hurt on Sunday.

WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins

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Yes, the Philadelphia Flyers’ playoff hopes are basically squashed, but Sunday should provide plenty of motivation: giving the Pittsburgh Penguins grief.

The two rivals will face off on NBCSN tonight with the Penguins hoping to improve their situation in the three-team Metropolitan race for the division crown (and, failing that, at least one round of home-ice advantage).

The Penguins must fight injuries and a cross-state rival. There should be plenty of talent on the ice, too, so this should be a fun one.

You can watch on NBCSN, online and via the NBC Sports App.

Click here for the livestream.