Five things we learned from Monday
1. Remember when there were rumors that the Chicago Blackhawks might be interested in Ilya Kovalchuk? The Hawks already were looking ahead to next season and their salary-cap issues, and they knew they had to dump some bodies. Kovalchuk would have been a short-term rental, but one who might push them over the Stanley Cup hump. The problem was that Patrick Sharp was among the names that GM Don Waddell reportedly insisted be part of any Kovalchuk-to-Blackhawks trade.
Whether the talks ...
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