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Chicago Blackhawks (41-15-5, 2nd/W) at New York Islanders (25-29-8, 13th/E)
7 p.m. EST | Nassau [gloriously unsponsored] V.M. Coliseum | MSG+, radio
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Looking at the schedule, we always knew this day would be crazy, but damn: A trade, some rumors, and the small little matter of a game involving a whole lot of returning Olympians.

For those of you arriving without following hockey news all day, there actually wasn't a whole lot of movement outside of the Andy Sutton trade. You may hear of rumors about Dwayne Roloson to Philadelphia that got a lot of traction. I wouldn't say there's no smoke there, but the strongest-sounding rumors -- that a deal was all but sealed -- appear to be unfounded, as refuted by multiple MSM sources including: Bob McKenzie, beat guys for the Flyers Anthony SanFilippo and Tim Panaccio, and Katie Strang and Arthur Staple at Newsday.

As to the voracity of the original rumors? Well, Garth Snow and company have reason to misdirect, and staffers have motive to play; I'm not too worried about trade details until they're signed off by the NHL anyway. It's fun trying to figure what's what this time of year.

Almost lost in this shuffle? Rick DiPietro was placed on IR, retroactive to before the Olympic break. Dustin Kohn comes back up to replace Sutton, leaving the islanders at a 22-man roster heading into tomorrow's deadline.

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