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Off-Day Thread and Link Dump: Crosby Skates

As the headline indicates, the hockey world is buzzing with the news that Sidney Crosby skated for the first time since suffering a concussion against Tampa Bay on January 5. Despite missing 29 games, Crosby still leads the Penguins in goals (32) and points (66). It will still be a while before he returns to the line-up and Detroit fans that followed Andreas Lilja's recovery know exactly how long and frustrating it is for a player battling concussion problems. Head over to Pensburgh for a quick post on Crosby.

As for the REST of the League we'll take a quick little tour around the league as well as a printable bracket for the NCAA tourney.

  • A look at the scoring chances from the Red Wings' game against the Kings on Wednesday. [THE COPPER & BLUE]
  • Ansar Khan of reports that Brian Rafalski will be back on Wednesday against the Capitals. [MLIVE]
  • Gustav Nyquist, a very highly skilled Red Wings prospect, is trying to decide about staying at Maine or signing a pro contract with the Wings. If he signs the pro contract, he'd head to Grand Rapids. [FREEP]
  • NHL GMs meet again to discuss head hits. Gary Bettman said in a statement during a US Congressional hearing that the majority of concussions this year were NOT from the illegal head hits outlawed by Rule 48. Do you buy it? []
  • Did Joe Thornton and Ben Eager hint that the Bruins' players don't get suspended because Colin Campbell's kid is on the team? Yes, yes they did. And it wouldn't surprise me if that was the case either. [SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS]
  • Former French Connection winger Rick Martin passed away at age 59 from an apparent heart attack. [BUFFALO NEWS]
  • Mike Chen looks at the potential TV contract suitors for the NHL. Two of the names might surprise you [SB NATION HOCKEY]
  • Mike also has a post up on the President's Trophy and postseason success. 2005-2006--DO NOT LOOK! [SB NATION HOCKEY]
  • A look at the cost of a shot from the point on the power play [BEHIND THE NET]
  • Happy National Nap Day! Haha(s)!
  • You want a printable NCAA Bracket? Here you go, courtesy of SB Nation.