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Players brace for moves as NHL trade deadline approaches

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Players brace for moves as NHL trade deadline approaches

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Thomas Vanek remembers waking up in Edmonton, Alberta, and turning on the TV in his hotel room to find out where he was heading. It was March 5, 2014, the NHL's trade deadline day, and Vanek's bags were packed. He knew he had played his final game a few days earlier for the New York Islanders after …

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