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Tuesday afternoon notes: Hockey Hall of Fame 2012 class named

This afternoon, word came down from the Hockey Hall of Fame on the latest class of honorees, and I'm happy to say that the guy I'd hoped would finally get the nod, Mark Howe, was indeed included this year (along with Doug Gilmour, Joe Nieuwendyk, and Eddie Belfour). After the jump, we've got some follow up on that development, and assorted other notes from around the league...

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