Clarkson trade fall-out; trade deadline madness; Sopel retires (Puck Headlines)

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• Yeesh, Toronto. Tell us how you really feel about David Clarkson… [Mike Koreen]

• Bruce Arthur believes with David Clarkson gone to Columbus, there is a ‘massive weight’ off the Maple Leafs. [The Star]

• A different take on the Clarkson-Horton trade: “Creative David Clarkson-Nathan Horton trade a great step in Maple Leafs’ rebuild.” [Bleacher Report]

• Did the Senators dodge a bullet? Reports are they were in the Clarkson sweepstakes as well. [ESPN]

• NHL trade deadline is THIS Monday, March 2nd. Chicago’s Stan Bowman is ready and possibly close to making a deal. [Chicago Sun Times]

• Here’s the Top 10 prospects that could be used as trade bait. [The Hockey Writers]

• Pretty much everyone in playoff position is looking for a quality defenseman. The Jets, one of the most active teams at the deadline so far, are one of them. Here’s a shopping list. [Jets Nation]

• Incredible personal essay by Pittsburgh’s Pascal Dupuis on his journey as doctors found a blood clot in his lung; a diagnosis, if left unchecked, could have killed him. [The Players’ Tribune]

• Great news out of Philadelphia: Kimmo Timonen is expected to make his debut against the Rangers on Saturday. Timonen’s future was up in the air due to blood clots. []

• From a Carolina perspective: evaluating the trade that sent Jiri Tlusty to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2016 and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2015 (if the Jets make the playoffs, it becomes a fifth-round pick). [Cardiac Cane]

• Fantasy implications of the latest moves around the NHL. [Dobber Hockey]

• Brent Sopel has announced his retirement. Sopel may be best known as a part of the Blackhawks 2010 Cup team. What should be applauded is his work to combat homophobia. [Chicago Sun Times]

• David Branch of the OHL discusses expansion, players right, statistics, and more. [Toronto Sun]

• One-on-One: Mike Futa (Kings VP of Hockey Operations) on Andrej Sekera and dealing prospects. [Mayor’s Manor]

• Report: Senators interested in Boston University goaltender Matt O’Connor. [The 6th Sens]

• “The Edmonton Oilers should have close to zero interest in Zachary Fucale.” Fucale was the goaltender in net for Canada at WJC. [Oilers Nation]

• Heartwarming story of the day: T.J. Oshie hangs out with a 14-year-old from North Dakota as a part of Make-A-Wish. [Grand Forks Herald]

• They may be moving to Brooklyn next year, but there are some Islander traditions that will never go away. [Islanders Insight]

• Vladimir Tarasenko: This year’s Alexander Steen or the next Alex Ovechkin? [Bleedin’ Blue]

• The Bruins might have to rely on Matt Bartkowski again. [Big Bad Blog]

• Depending on where you sit in the Buffalo Sabres quest for Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel, this could be a good or bad thing: Zemgus Girgensons will play again this season. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• Former NHL referee Paul Stewart talks playoff nerves and how they impact officials. [Hockey Buzz]

• A proposal to create ‘Pat Quinn Way’ is in the works in Vancouver. [CTV News]

• Only in Moose Jaw would there be a meeting that unites hockey and … farming? [MJ Times]

• Interesting idea: a hockey tournament where the registration fee for the teams must come by way of donations. [Sault Star]

• Finally, Canucks pick Jake Virtanen knocks 223-pound defenceman over the boards. [Buzzing the Net]