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Morning Links: Day 40 of lockout

  • Patrick Kane is heading to Switzerland with his mother to play for EHC Biel, and he hopes the exodus of North American-born players to Europe will pressure some owners to accelerate CBA negotiations. (Chicago Sun-Times)

  • Devils GM Lou Lamoriello would not reveal if he talked to any of his players during the 48-hour window allowed by the league, but Johan Hedberg said, “To be honest, I didn’t really know about it. I can say I did not take advantage of it.” (The Star-Ledger)

  • Jets forward Evander Kane was suspended for one game in the KHL or a hit against Avangard Omsk’s Nikita Pivtsakin. (TSN)

  • After criticizing Nazem Kadri's fitness level, Marlies coach Dallas Eakins is singing the praises of the Leafs’ prospect. “He has been excellent the last three weeks or so,” Eakins said of Kadri. “I wanted him to bring his commitment up a little bit more, from his nutrition to his work in the gym to his work ethic. … He’s made great, great strides.” (Toronto Star)

  • Fact was separated from fiction in the new Pat Burns biography, “Coach: The Pat Burns Story,” to reveal a portrait or the man who overcame a difficult childhood to become a successful NHL coach. (Montreal Gazette)

  • Former Islanders were surprised to hear the team was moving to Brooklyn and hoped the memories they created would move with them. (Newsday)

  • T-shirts are already on sale to commemorate the Islanders move to Brooklyn, even though the team won’t be there until 2015. (New York Daily News)