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The Maple Leafs have finally divorced Randy Carlyle and the media are blaming the kids, specifically the chubby one; Admirals' All-Star; The Bruins' new CEO wags his finger at the team; Is Giroux MVP material?; Big brother will be watching Girgensons' speed and shot at the All-Star game; Is home-ice advantage more beneficial in college hockey than in the NHL?; Gudas' knee is badas and will undergo surgery; Backes has four-goal game.

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Magnus Hellberg Selected To 2015 AHL All Star Classic | Admirals Roundtable
The Milwaukee Admirals will have goaltender Magnus Hellberg representing the team in Utica later this month.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Toronto Maple Leafs fire Randy Carlyle as coach | NHL.com
Better late than never?

Dave Nonis believes in the abysmal Maple Leafs he's built | Puck Daddy
"Every time Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis speaks about his team, it’s like he’s trying to force everyone into believing this collection of ill-fitting parts, underwhelming players and never-was’s is something better than what they are..."

Leafs' Kessel snaps: 'You think it's my fault?' | Sportsnet.ca
Toronto star Phil Kessel got defensive Tuesday when asked if he is difficult to coach: "You think it's my fault? Is that what you're saying?"

Phil Kessel Calls Dave Feschuk An Idiot, Is 100% Right | Pension Plan Puppets
Carlyle fired and Kessel calling an member of the MSM an idiot in the same day. Must be Christmas 2.0 for the fine folks at PPP.

David Backes scores 4 goals, Blues beat Coyotes 6-0 | The Republic Columbus
It wasn't Joe Thornton so who cares.

Bad start buries Blackhawks in 2-0 loss to Colorado | Second City Hockey
Varlamov made 54 saves.

New CEO -- Season a 'complete failure' if Boston Bruins miss playoffs | ESPN
In his first official act as CEO, Charlie Jacobs made it clear that everyone in the Boston Bruins organization is being evaluated and decisions will be made soon in regards to the team's subpar performance.

NHL to unveil player-tracking for All-Star Game | Sportsnet.ca
The NHL is preparing to take a glimpse into the future by using player-tracking technology at the upcoming All-Star Game.

Flyers' Giroux as valuable as any player in the league | TSN
"Claude Giroux, to me, feels like the league’s most valuable player."

Wild Lose to Sharks in OT | TwinCities.com
If you haven't noticed, the Wild's goaltending is still awful.

Five Key Thoughts From the World Junior Championship of Hockey | Grantland
Number 3 is my biggest takeaway.

30 Thoughts: Who will coach Maple Leafs next? | Sportsnet.ca
In his latest 30 Thoughts, Elliotte looks at what's next for the Maple Leafs from a roster and coaching perspective, plus other notes from around the NHL and final thoughts from the WJC.

Connor McDavid's performance for Team Canada at World Juniors is one for the ages | ESPN
If the World Juniors are the start of Connor McDavid's legacy, the likely No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL draft is off to a strong start, Craig Custance writes.

Lightning announce Gudas out four months following knee surgery | ProHockeyTalk
Tampa Bay loses its most physical defenseman.

Second Thoughts: The value of home ice | College Hockey News
Interesting look into the value of home ice in college hockey comparatively to the NHL.