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Instead of setting the hockey world ablaze with speculation about which big names might be on the move over the next few weeks, the NHL's general managers are acting like a collective bunch of killjoys recently. Teams out of the playoffs are signing players to new contracts, and contenders are shrugging their shoulders and saying that all's quiet on the trade market right now.

I know these GM's have got their long-term roster management to keep in mind, but I've got to know - should I take February 27th off of work or not??? I'm not wasting a day to watch the talking heads at the NHL Network stare at each other and hope something comes across the wire...

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