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Not too many surprises in this round of cuts. Plus, Penguins and the White House, PTO players making an impact, and a super important 72-year old stat correction

2013 NHL Draft - Portraits
Goodbye for now, Phillipe.

Kari Lehtonen’s performance on Saturday night was exactly the kind of game I was envisioning he would play last Thursday when I was writing about how valuable he can be for this team (his performances Thursday and Saturday were pretty spot on for the two types of games that were mentioned in that piece). While the defense in front of him did a much better job of clearing traffic, he said that he felt much more like himself in his second game of the preseason:

"The first game is still so hard so many new things after five months or whatever," Lehtonen said. This game "felt more like a normal game in February or something like that."

The entire team looked rejuvenated, which was great to help drive home how forgettable Thursday’s effort was. It also may lead to an issue for the Stars, but an issue that many teams would probably like to have:

The problem for Hitchcock with so many players impressing that with Martin Hanzal returning to full practice Sunday he figures he's got six forward lines capable of playing NHL hockey.

"We're going to have a lot of competition," Hitchcock said.

All of this and more can be found in Scott Burnside’s Five Takeaways from Saturday’s game. [NHL]

Stars stuff

The Stars announced the first major round of cuts Sunday. [NHL]

In other roster moves, several players have been placed on waivers and will be sent to the Texas Stars. We’ll know who clears sometime today.

Looks like Martin Hanzal will be able to at least get one exhibition game in this year:

A little clarity on who will be in net for the next few games:

Well, that’s a relief:

On Sunday with Hitch, Sean Shapiro explains the stability that Jamie Oleksiak brings to the team and also ponders where Martin Hanzal fits in. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]

Check out Sean’s newest podcast where he details just how cool Mattias Janmark’s story is.

Around the League

Another twist to the story that dominated headlines this weekend: the Penguins have released a statement saying they will accept the invitation for a White House visit later this year. [Sporting News]

Greg Wyshynski thinks that the Pens are making the wrong choice. [Puck Daddy]

Here’s a little palate cleanser after the previous two articles: Kevin Fiala dangles his way to a nasty goal.

Even though the face off penalties are incredibly annoying, the increase in slashing calls is probably a good thing for player safety. [Global News]

Sonny Sachdeva takes a look at five players participating in the preseason on professional tryout agreements that could make an impact this season. [Sports Net]

Anaheim Ducks v Calgary Flames - Game Three
Kris Versteeg impressed during his PTO last year and went on to become the Flames fifth highest scorer.
Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

BREAKING NEWS: A Rocket Richard assist on a Toe Blake (incredible name) goal in 1945 has been restored. [Sports Net]