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Stars' Cody Eakin Expected to Play Saturday; Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau Extended in San Jose

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Cody Eakin didn't skate today, but he could be back on the ice tomorrow to face los Penguinos.

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There are a couple of newsy items out there this afternoon as we wind down the work week, and the first one didn't look good at first. Cody Eakin, struck by Colton Orr of the Toronto Maple Leafs last night early in the third period, was not on the ice for practice this morning, per Mark Stepneski with the Dallas Stars:

But then later this from Mike Heika:

So it appears as though the center situation will remain stable, or as stable is it was.

Shawn Horcoff and Rich Peverley weren't out there either, but those were maintenance days, and the lineup should remain unchanged for Pittsburgh Saturday night.

The Stars expect Dustin Jeffrey to remain with the club for the time being, though he cleared waivers yesterday. There is some confusion on whether or not he'll be eligible to play in Cedar Park during the Olympic break due to possibly already having "earned" and Olympic break at the NHL level. We'll verify that soon.

Then there was this other bit of news out in the Pacific. Remember those guys?

You could choose to look at it this way: Why won't San Jose just go ahead and die and decline already?

There's also this way:

Vrbata isn't going anywhere. Five years from now my then nine year-old daughter will ask me what free agency was. The trade market will be the only thin offer of hope where immediate improvement lies come June.