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Brad Stuart: 'Tough decision' on future as free agency looms

So it has been difficult for Stuart being away from his family for long stretches, flying to the West Coast and back during breaks in the schedule.

“It is going to be a tough decision,” Stuart said. “It’s not going to be all based on hockey and what I want for my career. It’s going to be a little bit (about) family, which is important. Those are things I still have to kind of sort out, try to figure out what’s going to be best for everyone.”

Stuart, 32, is in the final year of a four-year, $15 million contract.

Melnyk says Sens still in rebuild mode 31

With the Feb. 27 trade deadline approaching, the focus has changed and the Senators could be a buyer. That doesn’t mean Murray is going to spend wildly and if the Senators do anything, it might be a tweak.

“(Dealing) would come with one caveat. Let’s not lose focus of what our job is: That’s to rebuild,” said Melnyk. “The deal we made for Kyle Turris was more of an anomoly than anything else because we did give up a piece of our future and we weren’t going to be competitive without a second-line centre.

Geno got Hart!

Early and midseason predictions were that Claude Giroux was the runaway leader for the Hart trophy. The Sedins were in the race, as was Kessel. How things change so quickly in this game.

Kessel has come back to earth – albeit at a much higher place than previous seasons. He’s really coming into his own and proving he is an elite player in this league. He proved me wrong and Im eating some crow.

Giroux is in the same boat as Kessel. Coming out of the gate on fire, he has slowed a bit and is settling into a normal pace. A lingering injury may be at play but who really knows.

The Sedins are doing what they do … remaining at about a 1.2ppg pace, as they always do.

Maple Leafs show some fight — in practice

Things got a little testy at Maple Leafs practice on Sunday, with Carl Gunnarsson and Joey Crabb getting into a scuffle with each other.

Crabb got a couple of hard rights in on Gunnarsson before coaches Rob Zettler and Greg Cronin and teammate Nikolai Kulemin separated the two. Crabb and Gunnarsson jawed at each other while skating away.

The two later made up; coach Ron Wilson made them both lead the after-practice stretches for their chuckling teammates.

Oilers front office under rebuild?

On the other hand there’s a significant percentage of the paying public who don’t believe Tambellini has achieved a status in the GM community much higher than his team sits in the standings.

And the current view of his team is that it has has no guts, still isn’t tough to play against, that his veterans haven’t performed, nor have the holdovers from Lowe’s veterans from his time in the GM chair. The group has shown no try in three of the last five games.

But apparently the decision is big picture, to stay the course with Tambellini, a first time general manager who is being developed, too.

Zidlicky scratched for first time as a Wild

Right when they brought up Nate Prosser yesterday with no injuries to defensemen, I figured Zidlicky was on his way out fo the lineup if we woke up this morning and found nobody traded.

The way Zidlicky played the past two games, something had to be done. It’s one thing not to score, and we’ve written on and on about his offensive woes. But it’s another to continue to play a guy that’s a defensive liability constantly.

Where the Wild things….drop out of the playoffs??

I would like to start by crediting a previous article, about the Minnesota wild. it mentioned the desperation of Chuck Fletcher, to maintain a playoff spot. in my personal opinion, I think their offense is doing it right; the defense, not so much. A defensive defenseman, along with a puck-moving man may be what the wild need. Clearly, Schultz and Lundin cannot man the blue-line at the required level, so what could the boys in burgundy be after? lets take a look:

Harding ignores trade talk

Josh Harding isn’t oblivious to the fact his name is churning through the NHL rumor mill.

It has been almost 10 years since he was drafted, so he knows how it works. The Wild goalie is a potential free agent and it’s five weeks to the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

So since the Wild has yet to talk contract with him, could Harding help the Wild land that much-coveted top-six forward?

Hemsky: “He most definitely will be traded at the deadline.”

MacLean suggested Hemsky will pull in less than Dustin Penner did last season, though he failed to identify the main reason for that — Penner wasn’t just a rental, but still had another season left on his contract, while Hemsky is rental, a UFA on July 1. “I don’t see teams paying a big price,” MacLean said. He may well be right about that, though Kypreos was more positive. “There’s a lot of teams right now looking for a top six forward and he certainly fits the bill,” the real Kyper said.

Size matters and it's hurting Leafs

The Maple Leafs need it, and Brian Burke has to go out and get it — sooner rather than later. The Leafs are on a fast train to Funkville and something has to be done to get them back on the rails.

They’ve lost three straight and have dropped out of a playoff spot, and have managed only six goals in their last four games.