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Mid-Day Mocha: NHL Must-Reads for February 23

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Monday through Friday (and sometimes on the weekends) we are going to do our absolute best to bring you the top NHL reads from around the web.

The goal will be to sort through dozens of posts to find the good stuff so you don’t have to. If you are looking for something fresh, unique or interesting, odds are good that you’ll find something here. If you like what these people do then give them a follow on Facebook or Twitter, and share the content that you love!

Hockey fans make up one of the best communities around, and in a lot of ways, we’re all in it together.

Without further delay… your top NHL posts for February 23, 2016.

The Golden State Warriors have been dominating the NBA, but Neil Greenberg of The Washington Post writes that the Washington Capitals are the best team in sports right now.

Don’t expect the Edmonton Oilers to hang onto all of their assets as the NHL trade deadline approaches. Team general manager Peter Chiarelli recently confirmed that there would be changes made. From Josh Gold-Smith at TheScore.com.

We keep hearing about teams going after Eric Staal, but Travis Yost of TSN.ca believes that Jeff Skinner should be the main target.

Is Andrew Ladd playing his last game in Winnipeg as a Jet tonight? Paul Friesen of The Winnipeg Sun writes that the team’s captain is a “traded man walking.”

Interesting stuff from Dan Rosen at NHL.com. Check out the latest edition of “Five Questions With…” It features Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill and is worth the read.

The latest from Steve Macfarlane at BleacherReport.com on how the top 10 “workhorse” defensemen stack up against one another.

Ever wondered what it takes to make the ice work at outdoor games? Rick Sadowski of NHL.com takes a look behind the curtain as crews ready the ice for the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche at Coors Field.

The San Jose Sharks recently acquired Roman Polak and Nick Spaling from the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Jonathan Willis of BleacherReport.com believes that the price was way too high.

James Mirtle of The Toronto Globe & Mail opines that Jaromir Jagr is a player who is beyond compare.

Interim head coach John Torchetti is pushing all of the right buttons for the Minnesota Wild, according to Josh Cooper of Puck Daddy.

Now for your moment of Zen…

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