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Sharks’ Irwin sidelined, Fedun recalled

The San Jose Sharks will be without Matt Irwin tonight when they play host to the Vancouver Canucks.

Irwin was injured during practice Friday and coach Todd McLellan is hoping its just a day-to-day situation with the defenseman.

“Until we get to tomorrow, we don’t know if that’s the time,” McLellan said per CSNBayArea.com.

The 27-year-old, who was frequently a healthy scratch during the first half of the season, had been playing some of his best hockey of the season prior to the injury. Irwin had at least a point in six of his last eight games, including a four-game streak.

“He’s been really good since he got back into the lineup,” McLellan said. “He worked so hard when he was out of the lineup to improve his footspeed and get quicker. Offensively, he’s contributing in a lot of areas.

“His confidence is at an all-time high. It’s unfortunate for him as an individual to not be able to continue on, but hopefully he’s very short tern and has the opportunity to get back in before he loses anything that he’s gained.”

Taylor Fedun, who was recalled Saturday, will not play against the Canucks. Scott Hannan is expected to take Irwin’s spot in the lineup. Hannan has been a healthy scratch the last two games.

Fedun had five goals and 24 assists to go along with a plus-1 rating in In 56 AHL games with the Worcester Sharks.

Saturday is the first recall of the season for the 26-year-old.

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Jordan Staal and the Hurricanes will start talking contract soon. (News & Observer)

New CBA talks will start up on Friday. Wouldn’t it be nice to have that get wrapped up quickly? (Globe And Mail)

Uh oh, someone told Bill Plaschke about the Kings’ missing Stanley Cup puck. (Los Angeles Times)

The Oilers are set to make Ralph Krueger their new head coach. (Edmonton Journal)

John Tavares is set to be one of the players figuring into the CBA discussions. Not bad for a still pretty young kid. (Sportsnet)

Acquisitions don’t seem to turn out that great for the Sabres after guys arrive in Buffalo. Well that’s depressing. (Buffalo News)

Red Wings executive Jim Devellano has always regretted trading now Hall Of Fame center Adam Oates out of Detroit. (Detroit Free Press)

Speaking of Oates, bet you didn’t know he used to be a punk in high school, dyed hair and leather jackets and all. (D.C. Sports Bog)

Robin Lehner is working hard to be the hot prospect in Ottawa again. (Senators Extra)

Brad Staubitz wants to return to Montreal. (Montreal Gazette)

Taylor Fedun’s comeback from a shattered leg is incredible. (Edmonton Journal)

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Kings GM Dean Lombardi was feeling nervous about his young team before Game 4. A parent always worries about his kids so it’s sort of like that but with millionaire players instead. (Toronto Sun)

Are the Kings feeling frustrated? The Devils are thinking that’s the case. (NHL.com)

Lisa Dillman says the Kings’ momentum got thrown under a bus. A Motley Crue-esque party bus. (Los Angeles Times)

Brad Stuart’s trade to San Jose could create a crowded blue line for the Sharks. (CSNBayArea.com)

Taylor Fedun is back to normal skating. His comeback from a nasty broken leg is going well. (Oilers)

A hockey coach in Newfoundland was suspended for a year for letting his kids study for school instead of attending opening ceremonies for a tournament. Oh, Canada you so crazy. (CBC)

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Here’s a scary thought: The league’s best goal scorer Steve Stamkos becoming a threat defensively as well. It’s happening. (Tampa Tribune)

Mike Cammalleri is moving back to center for the time being. Last time he played there he had a monster season. (Calgary Sun)

St. Louis’ Kevin Shattenkirk would like to find his offense again. (Post-Dispatch)

Apparently whether or not the Ducks win games hinges upon… Jason Blake? (OC Register)

From the “Good News” department: Oilers defenseman Taylor Fedun is back on the ice after shattering his leg in the preseason. (Edmonton Sun)

Barry Trotz thinks the increase in shootouts is a sign that teams are tightening up for the playoff run. Well that’s a gross thought. (Tennessean)

If you think Rangers fans are excited about Carl Hagelin this year, wait until Chris Kreider is wearing Broadway Blue. (The Prospect Park)

Flames prospect Bill Arnold scored the game-winner in overtime to give Boston College their 17th Beanpot Tournament championship. (NESN)

Finally, watch Jaroslav Spacek get his revenge on Montreal by scoring a goal against them during Carolina’s 5-3 win. Irony here? Spacek helped turn Montreal into a circus yet again by hurting their run at a playoff spot. (NHL)

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Kevin Weekes explains what makes Jaromir Jagr as good as he is at age 39. Hint: He’s more than just a rink rat. (NHL.com)

Kings forward Trevor Lewis is trying to figure out a nickname for new guy Mike Richards. With Brad Richardson in town, it’s a good thing they didn’t also get Brad Richards this summer. Everyone can’t be “Richie”… Can they? (Mayors Manor)

Like it or not, Bill Simmons is becoming a Kings season ticket holder this year because he won’t have the Clippers to obsess over. (Grantland)

Jo Innes at Backhand Shelf examines what goes into treating a Taylor Fedun-like broken femur. Trust her, she’s a pro. (Backhand Shelf)

Blackhawks will unveil statues for both Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita on Saturday (Chicago Tribune)

Some Buffalo Sabres are getting skating training from Dawn Braid. Yes, she’s a figure skater. Now where’s D.B. Sweeney? (Sabres)

Hal Gill will play in his 1,000th career game against the team he won a Stanley Cup with in Pittsburgh. The S.S. Gill sails again. (NHL)

Finally, here’s Winnipeg first round pick Mark Scheifele scoring his first NHL goal. In before going back to juniors?