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• NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on if the league would ever return to the Olympics: “I never say never, but I find it hard to envision a scenario where it makes sense, unless, possibly, if the Winter Games are back in North America where the time frame and the attention and the logistics, travel, are a lot different.” [NBC Sports]
• Here’s a name for future induction in the Hockey Hall of Fame: Frank Zamboni. [CBC]
• Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the latest Russian hockey player to join “Putin’s Team,” the social movement first promoted by Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. [Tribune Review]
• All hail Sergei Bobrovsky. [Jackets Cannon]
• Step away from the panic button. It’s going to be just fine for the Calgary Flames. [Flames Nation]
• Returning to the Los Angeles Kings was like coming home for Mike Cammalleri. [Kings]
• The San Jose Sharks have been looking a bit Kings-like of late. [NBC Bay Area]
• What did Leo Komarov think of the little kiss Brad Marchand planted on him Saturday night? “I kind of liked it.” [TSN]
• Just how close did Jaromir Jagr get to signing with the St. Louis Blues? [Post-Dispatch]
• You may notice Keith Yandle is using a unique stick. Here’s the story behind it. [Panthers]
• Now that Matt Duchene is gone, who should be the regular second line center for the Colorado Avalanche? [Mile High Hockey]
• Jason Zucker’s goal scoring binge is benefiting more than just the Minnesota Wild. [Star Tribune]
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