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• Steven Ovadia has an interesting look at how the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins are building their lines this preseason, focusing on duos rather than trios: Like Marc Savard and Michael Ryder with the B's, and Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow in Big D. Ovadia sees it as a symptom of the salary cap, which ignores a larger narrative: The scourge of crappy wingers. [Puck Update]
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• Drafting a fantasy hockey team by how good-looking the players are. Sadly, Yahoo! has yet to install "beefcake" as a scoring category. [Not To Be Trusted With Knives]
• Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish has decided not to break up the Kid Line of Sam Gagner, Robert Nilsson and Andrew Cogliano. Kid Line ... really? When you can have either the GNC Line or the SARs Line? [Sun Media]
• "Do Hawks have a reason for not extending Savard?" Uh, yeah: What if the team blows this season, and they need a scapegoat? Because the Chicago Blackhawks aren't firing Brian Campbell now, are they? [Daily Herald]
• Ryan Stone wants to leave the Pittsburgh Penguins organization after failing to make the team. There's something for the skills portion of the résumé. Then again, so is public drunkenness, right Mr. Stone? [Empty Netters]
• Making the case for free-of-charge exhibition hockey games. "My free-of-charge recommendation to markets like Washington would be for them to take a leap of faith: open those arena doors wide two or three times each September and pitch the exhibitions, gratis, to non-traditional communities: inner-city schools, Baltimore hockey fans, Washington's teeming immigrant communities." [OFB]