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The Rick Nash situation continues to snowball this morning, as both he and Jeff Carter have been reported missing from Blue Jackets practice. The sense is that it’s a maintenance day, considering Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch followed up with news that Nash’s agent was unsure as to why his client was MIA.

Whatever the case, this has sent the social media world into a frenzy, as expected.

Via TSN.ca, Portzline also reports that the five teams on Nash’s “go-to list” are likely the Bruins, Kings, Rangers, Sharks and the Leafs.

Pavel Kubina is also missing practice for the Lightning, and they were pretty frank about addressing the situation.

From the team’s official Twitter account;

Kubina being held off the ice to protect the team’s interests. Has been asked for teams he would be willing to move to.

That may be the first time I’ve ever seen a team officially come out and say that over the internet.

It’s no secret that Ales Hemsky is likely on his way out of Edmonton. Watching him last night, I was blown away by the amount of skill at times, despite him being in midst of a not-so productive season. I’ve always been a pretty big fan of Hemsky, so while I don’t see him as a great fit with the Leafs, I’d likely change my tune if it were to go down. He isn’t big and scary like Dustin Penner, but he also isn’t terrible at hockey like Dustin Penner.

Here are some more links, enjoy.

Leafs play awful, win 4-3 in OT (Pension Plan Puppets)

Joe Colborne interview (The Leafs Nation)

Marlies this and that (Kyle The Reporter)

Leafs chasers are struggling too (The Sun)

How many top six forwards do the Leafs actually have? (Michael at VLM)

Got another link? Throw it in the comments section.

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