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Smyth hanging up his skates?


07:58 AM ET 04.11 | The end of an era? Ryan Smyth appears to be ready to call it a career after 19 NHL seasons. According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, Smyth is ready to announce his retirement and Saturday's contest between the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks will be his final game. The 38-year-old has scored 10 goals and added 13 assists in 70 games with the Oilers this season. He has 386 goals and 842 assists in 1,268 career NHL games with the Oilers, New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings. Smyth was drafted sixth overall by the Oilers in the first round of the 1994 NHL Draft. He played in Edmonton until he was traded to the Islanders on deadline day in 2007. Smyth was traded back to the Oilers prior to the 2011 season, after spending two seasons with each of the Avalanche and Kings.

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Boyle on Rangers-Flyers: 'We hate each other'


07:42 AM ET 04.10 | If the Rangers and Flyers meet in the playoffs, the fellas from the City of Brotherly Love already have some locker room material. "We're not focusing on them (the Flyers) yet, but in terms of them as a team, there's no friends, really," Rangers forward Brian Boyle said after Wednesday's practice in Greenburgh, mindful of the Blueshirts' two remaining games Thursday hosting Buffalo and Saturday at Montreal. "They play hard, and it's effective. Late in games they play hard. They're willing to do whatever. It's a pretty good rivalry," he continued, pausing, "because we hate each other." ... [Boyle] knows the Rangers also can avoid a wild card simply by beating the Sabres. So all Boyle and his linemates Dom Moore and Derek Dorsett have to do is take matters into their own hands.

New York Daily News

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Boston's double trophy candidate


07:41 AM ET 04.10 | Until Sergei Bobrovsky came along, the Vezina Trophy remained, for years, the realm of veteran netminders. Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask sat and watched when one of those veterans, Tim Thomas, claimed the Vezina and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2011, and the 27-year-old might have a chance to repeat the award double three years later. Entering Tuesday, Rask leads all goalies with more than 41 starts in save percentage at .930 and is third in goals-against average at 2.04. Rask has been consistent all season, with one full month of work (January) at a save percentage below .927. ... Rask is the likely winner of the Vezina Trophy, and should the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup Final for the third time in four seasons he'll have a chance to add a Conn Smythe Trophy to his resume as well.

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Toronto CEO wants Shanahan for the Leafs


07:40 AM ET 04.10 | The Leafs are looking for for talent, not only on the ice, but also in the front office. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reports that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Tim Leiweke has reached out to NHL Director of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan in regards to a "top hockey operations position" with the Maple Leafs. Shanahan, a Mimico, Ont. native, has held various executive roles with the League since retiring from hockey in 2009. Mimico is a neighbourhood and former municipality located in the west end of the City of Toronto. From Dec. 2009 through 2011 he served as the NHL's Vice President of Hockey and Business Development. Since then he has taken on the League's top disciplinarian role, leading a crackdown on hits to the head and enforcing the League's concussion protocol.

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Halak's agent fans unusual goalie controversy


07:39 AM ET 04.10 | On Wednesday, Jaroslav Halak's agent released a statement stating that his client never did tell Caps head coach Adam Oates he didn't want to start against his former team. Following the morning skate in St. Louis Tuesday, Oates told reporters that Halak "just wasn't 100 percent comfortable" facing the Blues. ... "Jaro never at anytime said he didn't want to start against St. Louis," agent Allan Walsh said in a news release sent to the Washington Post. "A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media. I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust especially when those comments the coach publicly attributed to Jaro are not accurate. It's the coach who makes the decision on who plays in the games, not the players."

The Washington Post

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