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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, sidelined for the last 10 games with an unspecified injury, expected to return to the lineup on Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury, while winger Jason Zucker (concussion) was placed on injured reserve.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
SPORTSNET: The Ottawa Senators re-signed defenseman Chris Wideman to a two-year, $1.6 million contract.
TSN: The Edmonton Oilers traded the rights of defenseman Philip Larsen (currently playing in the KHL) to the Vancouver Canucks for a conditional fifth-round pick in 2017.
NHL.COM: St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reaves received a three-game suspension for boarding San Jose’s Matt Tennyson.
MIAMI HERALD: Actor Kevin Spacey received his own “Spacey in Space” sweatshirt on Good Morning America yesterday. The sweatshirt has become a good-luck charm for the Florida Panthers this season.
THE SCORE: Defenseman Scott Hannan announced his retirement after 16 NHL seasons, 11 of them spent with the San Jose Sharks. “The 37-year-old sits sixth on the Sharks’ all-time games played list with 626, and is one of only six Sharks to suit up in more than 600 games with the franchise.”
SI.COM: Alex Prewitt interviewed several current and former NHL players on how it feels to be dealt at the NHL trade deadline.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Former Red Wings forward Darren McCarty credits medical marijuana with saving his life and helping him to quit drinking.
YAHOO SPORTS: Former NHL star Ilya Kovalchuk was stripped of the captaincy of SKA St. Petersburg and a healthy scratch for their upcoming playoff games. The story raises questions about Kovalchuk’s future in the KHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could also spark speculation over Kovalchuk returning to the NHL, but as noted in the piece, he needs the approval of all 30 NHL teams to return this year. If he sits out playing hockey for one calendar year, he’d only need the approval of his former NHL team, the New Jersey Devils. Then, he’d either re-sign with the Devils or they would trade his rights. If he keeps playing internationally, he’ll have to wait until age 35 (April 15, 2018), when he’ll become a UFA and can sign with any NHL team. In other words, don’t expect to see Kovalchuk skating with an NHL team anytime soon.