Sean Leahy

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Sean Leahy is the associate editor of Puck Daddy since the blog started in April 2008. Having covered Stanley Cup Finals, NHL All-Star Games and NHL Drafts, his highlight might have been getting blown out playing Ryan Kesler in NHL2K11 on Nintendo Wii. That, or coercing an All-Star Game goal judge to let him control the goal light for a period. He currently resides on Long Island.

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    Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray got a good view Tuesday night of just what Ales Hemsky can bring to a team as he scored twice in a 3-2 win for the Edmonton Oilers.

    That showcase was enough for Murray to pull the trigger as the Senators acquired the 30-year old forward in exchange for a fifth round pick in 2014 and a third rounder in 2015.

    According to Pierre LeBrun, the Oilers will retain half of Hemsky's remaining salary this season.

    Hemsky has 26 points in 55 games this season and is a UFA this summer. It's nice to see the Oilers finally deal him away after years and years of his name being out there on the trade block.

    The Oilers had to deal Hemsky and get something for him. The salary Edmonton will retain is minimal with only a month left in the season. Ottawa gets a top-6 forward to help them make a run to a playoff spot. No big loser here.

    We'll dub this one a single Milbury:

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  • Puck Daddy’s 2014 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog, Hour 3

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    11:50 a.m. ET -- Word is that the Rangers are trying hard to get St. Louis to New York in time for tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. That should be a fun media scrum after the game.

    11:25 a.m. ET -- Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports is reporting that Martin St. Louis will be heading to the Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan, a 2014 second rounder and a 2015 1st round pick. Here's Wysh's take.

    11:20 a.m. ET -- Marian Gaborik to the Los Angeles Kings? It's close, according to the Star Tribune's Michael Russo and Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet. The Kings were rumored to be in the market for Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson. Gaborik's been limited to 21 games this season after injuries to his collarbone and knee. He was also dealt from the Rangers to Blue Jackets right before the 2013 deadline.

    Checking the waiver wire, Cory Conacher will be heading to familiar locale as the Canisius grad was picked up by the Buffalo Sabres.

    11:05 a.m. ET -- The news out of Winnipeg is that forward

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  • Steven Stamkos cleared to play Thursday vs. Sabres

    Getty ImagesWhether Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman deals Martin St. Louis before Wednesday's 3 p.m. ET deadline, or makes another move, his acquisition of a 60-goal scorer will be one of the biggest moves of the day.

    Almost four months after breaking his leg during a game, Steven Stamkos underwent a final evaluation and given the OK to return Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres.

    Stamkos began skating in December, just a little over a month after the injury. He had to pull out of Team Canada's lineup right before the Olympics, citing his doctor being uncomfortable in allowing him to play.

    The Lightning didn't fall apart after Stamkos' injury and currently sit third in the Atlantic

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  • Puck Daddy’s 2014 NHL Trade Deadline Live Blog, Hour 1

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    9:50 a.m. ET -- With Roberto Luongo back in Florida, where does that leave Tim Thomas? Numerous times this season Thomas has spoken about wanting to stay with the Panthers beyond this season, but with Luongo and his enormous contract having arrived, the former Conn Smythe-winner's future is in doubt.

    "That's something that hadn't been discussed until this point,'' Thomas said after Tuesday's trade. "That needs some discussion before comment.''

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon said he'll speak with Thomas on Wednesday and come to a decision. In the meantime, Thomas had some fun with his 2011 Stanley Cup Final foe becoming his teammate:

    "I have a line that probably someone else has thought of."

    "It looks like Dale went kicking some tires and found one that needed pumping.''

    9:35 a.m. ET -- Thomas Vanek is one of the bigger names still available and he remains an Islanders as of Wednesday morning. After being scratched against the Jets last night, there was buzz that the Sharks were getting

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    As Wednesday's 3 p.m. ET NHL trade deadline approaches, New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow has cashed in one of his two chips. Thomas Vanek remains an Islander as they play in Winnipeg Tuesday night. Andrew MacDonald, on the other hand, is not.

    The Islanders announced that MacDonald has been dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a third round pick in 2014, a second rounder in 2015 and minor leaguer Matt Mangene.

    The Flyers now have three former Islanders in their organization, with Mark Streit, who was acquired and signed last June, and Bruno Gervais, who plays for their AHL affiliate.

    MacDonald has 24 points in 63 games, is top 10 in minutes played among all NHL defensemen and leads all players in blocked shots with 198. Those are the positives. The negatives include his possession numbers, getting dominated in his own zone and his reported contract demands, which was reportedly four years and $16 million. Giving up three assets means Flyers GM Paul Holmgren

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  • Getty ImagesNot long before the news began to leak out, Anaheim Ducks forward Dustin Penner said goodbye via Twitter emojis:

    On National Pancake Day, no less, Penner was dealt to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a fourth round pick. That fourth rounder was immediately used by Ducks general manager Bob Murray in a swap for Stephane Robidas in Dallas.

    In 49 games this season, Penner has 13 goals and 32 points.

    Joining Penner in leaving Anaheim was goaltender Viktor Fasth, who was sent to Edmonton for two picks. So are these moves Murray making room up top for something bigger? How good would Thomas Vanek look alongside Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf?

    For the Capitals, Penner's arrival could fill the void next to Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. At the very least, he'll play a big role in their top six, and Washington will hope he can find his postseason form should they get there.

    Capitals GM George McPhee isn't done yet. With the acquisition of Penner and his $2 million cap hit, along

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  • NHL Three Stars: Bob beats Maple Leafs; Ruff earns 600th NHL win

    Getty ImagesNo. 1 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

    Columbus snapped the Toronto Maple Leafs' seven-game home winning streak with a 2-1 victory Monday night. After two first period goals built up a 2-0 lead, Bobrovsky did the rest making 28 saves in total for the Blue Jackets. The win completed a three-game sweep of the season series with Toronto.

    No. 2 Star: Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild

    Facing off against brother Markus for the first time in their NHL careers, Mikael Granlund helped set up Minnesota's two third period goals as they beat the Calgary Flames 3-2. He now has four points in his last three games and 12 in his last 10. The win gives the Wild five straight victories, a season high.

    No. 3 Star: Alex Chiasson, Dallas Stars

    Chiasson's power play goal midway through the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and helped earn head coach Lindy Ruff his 600th career win as the Stars downed the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Chiasson's goal was his first in 13 games. Also breaking a drought was Alex

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  • Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.

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    Create-a-Caption: "Vancouver Canucks mascot, Fin the Whale plays with the Sedin boys during the family skate as part of he 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic."

    Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET

    Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Dallas Stars, 8 p.m. ET

    Preview: Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m. ET

    Preview: Montreal Canadiens at Los Angeles Kings, 10 p.m. ET

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    Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...

    1) R.J. Umberger questionable. After suffering a finger injury versus Florida, Umberger left Monday's morning skate early. Head coach Todd Richards said he's a game-time decision. Blake Comeau appears to be waiting in the wings should Umberger be scratched.

    2) Lindy Ruff goes for milestone. How fitting that Ruff could reach a milestone, 600

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  • Getty ImagesCorey Crawford enjoyed a 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Saturday night's Stadium Series game at Soldier Field. Unfortunately for the Chicago Blackhawks goaltender, he enjoyed it without being able to use a special mask he had painted for the occasion.

    Now, Crawford's usual pads, shown above, have gone missing as well.

    After practice on Monday, Crawford revealed that the reason he was wearing his Stadium Series pads was because someone stole his usual ones during the outdoor game against the Penguins.

    From the Sun-Times:

    “This is crazy,” he said. “I’ve never seen this before. I’ve never heard of this before. It’s crazy, man. The trainers are all stunned that it happened. Honestly, I told every guy and some of the guys didn’t believe it happened.”

    Crawford never received the mask he was going to wear at Soldier Field, but his pads have been with him this entire season, so someone with access to the Blackhawks dressing room at the stadium has to be the culprit.

    Again, we ask: has

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  • Pekka Rinne rejoins Predators, set to start Tuesday vs. Penguins

    Getty ImagesPekka Rinne has not been in net for the Nashville Predators since Oct. 22 when he was sidelined after a surgery on his hip to take care of an E.Coli infection. Since then, Carter Hutton, Marek Mazanec, Magnus Hellberg and Devan Dubnyk, acquired in a trade with Edmonton in January, have all handled the load in goal.

    Since Rinne's last start, the Predators have dropped in the Western Conference standings. Entering Monday, they sit 12th in the conference and four points out of the last wild card spot.

    So as Nashville looks to make a playoff charge with 21 games remaining, they'll be getting a big upgrade in net very soon. After missing 51 games, Rinne is re-joining the Predators this week, with an expected return start on Tuesday against Pittsburgh.

    Rinne made two rehab starts with the Predators AHL affiliate in Milwaukee over the weekend, stopping 33 of 35 shots faced in two games.

    Via On the Forecheck:

    "It's been a long time since I'd played games," said Rinne. "It was a great

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