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• Tampa Bay Lightning GM Julien BriseBois on his Monday: “Ultimately, I didn’t find anything that I could say, ‘That makes us a better team. That makes sense. That brings us closer to winning the Stanley Cup.’ It wasn’t there.” [Tampa Bay Times]
• Welcome to Vegas, Mark!
• Lou Lamoriello wasn’t going to make a trade for the sake of making a trade for the New York Islanders. “[W]e weren’t going to get into a situation where we sacrificed what our plan is. We feel very good about this hockey team.” [Islanders Insight]
• After practicing with the team all year on a PTO, the Islanders finally signed Dennis Seidenberg for the remainder of the season. [Lighthouse Hockey]
• Edmonton Oilers interim GM Keith Gretzky: “There was conversation on a few things that would have helped us. If it didn’t happen today, maybe it’s down the road in the summer time. We laid some groundwork for the salary cap and hopefully we can re-visit it later.” [Oilers Nation]
• Good news for Jeff Blashill. The Detroit Red Wings head coach is going to be extended real soon. [Free Press]
• A look at the disappointments from all 31 NHL teams. [Yardbarker]
• Fun look at a handful of really lopsided trades in NHL history. [Puck Junk]
• Goaltender Maddie Rooney reflects on helping the U.S. women to Olympic gold last year in Pyeongchang. [ESPN]
• “Snider Hockey announced Friday that it will make the University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 1923 Arena home for the youth hockey program that serves over 3,000 Philadelphia-area kids, many of them from under-resourced communities.” [Color of Hockey]
• A blizzard-stranded St. Cloud State hockey team had to be saved by local police and were taken to jail for some warmth and a meal. [CBS4 Minnesota]
• Finally, what does it sound like when a four-year old goes skating? Pretty hilarious, actually: