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Christian Ehrhoff has received a contract offer from the Columbus Blue Jackets, which he is in the process of considering. [HockeyBuzz]

The Vancouver Canucks are working on a 5-year Brandon Sutter extension around $4.4M annually. What does that extension look like through a Vancouver prism? [Today's Slapshot]

With Jonathan Bernier and Marcus Johansson signed to 2- and 1-year deals, respectively, the only pending arbitration case remaining is the Senators rookie sensation Mike Hoffman. [SportsNet]

Last season the Dallas Stars assembled roster that looked awesome on paper but not so much on the ice. Following another disappointing season, Tyler Seguin analyzes what went wrong in the Big D. [SportsNet]

What's going on with Mike Richards and the Kings? The situation may not resolve by the end of the month. Excellent commentary by one of the foremost legal experts in hockey, Eric Macramalla. [Forbes]

Rethinking the game theory of the shootout and the value of a one-trick pony. Fantastic article and video analysis by Jack Han. [Eye on the Prize]

Beijing was selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, but will NHL go? I find it hard to fathom they will miss an opportunity to showcase the sport's brightest stars to a ridiculously large untapped market. [CBS Sports]

The pending concussion litigation in a U.S. federal court is not going swimmingly for the NHL. The league was ordered to produce medical records of thousands of ex-players, which will cost the league well over $10M. [The Score]

Here is the list of the NHL's most unbreakable playoff records. Larry Robinson and Nicklas Lidstrom played in 20 consecutive postseasons, so there's that. [The Hockey Writers]

Today is the first day of the long-awaited Sidney Crosby Hockey School in Cole Harbour, NS. It's a huge deal there - Sid is their pride even if they aren't Pens fans. [Chronicle Herald]

A look back on the wonderful 10 years of Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh. Here's to another 10 and more. [CBS Pittsburgh]