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Goalie Robin Lehner #40 of the Ottawa Senators

Goalie Robin Lehner #40 of the Ottawa Senators stops a shot during pre-game warmups before his first NHL start in a hockey game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum. (Jan. 13, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Robin Lehner won his first NHL start, making 20 saves in Ottawa's two-goal win at Nassau Coliseum.

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders
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John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders controls the puck against the Ottawa Senators. (Jan. 13, 2011)

Radek Martinek #24 of the New York Islanders
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Radek Martinek #24 of the New York Islanders controls the puck against Milan Michalek #9 of the Ottawa Senators. (Jan. 13, 2011)

Milan Michalek #9 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates
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Milan Michalek #9 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his second period goal with teammate Filip Kuba #17 as Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders looks on. (Jan. 13, 2011)

Nathan Lawson #52 of the New York Islanders
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Nathan Lawson #52 of the New York Islanders surrenders a second period goal to Zack Smith (not pictured) of the Ottawa Senators. (Jan. 13, 2011)

Travis Hamonic #36 of the New York Islanders
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Travis Hamonic #36 of the New York Islanders defends against Milam Michalek #9 of the Ottawa Senators during the second period. (Jan. 13, 2011)

6) THE ISLANDERS WILL PICK FOURTH The second
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6) THE ISLANDERS WILL PICK FOURTH
The second half will be better than the first, and 20-year-old goaltender Kevin Poulin will get to show Isles fans why he’s the most important prospect they have, but it’s off to the top of the draft board yet again.

Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators trips
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Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators trips PA Parenteau #15 of the New York Islanders during the first period. (Jan. 13, 2011)

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders
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John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders plays the puck against Mike Fisher #12 of the Ottawa Senators. (Jan. 13, 2011)

FILIP KUBA, Senators Defenseman Contract: UFA in 2012,
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FILIP KUBA, Senators
Defenseman
Contract: UFA in 2012, $3.7 million cap hit

You wouldn't think there'd be a market for a 34-year-old power-play defenseman with a year left on his contract and only six points this season. But this is trade-deadline time, when no rumor is too wild to ignored.

One report suggested the Rangers were looking at the hard-shooting Kuba, who had his best season (15 goals) playing for John Tortorella in Tampa Bay in 2006-07. Our opinion is that the Rangers would be doing Ottawa a favor by giving up anything of value for Kuba, who is minus-26 this year.

Kevin Poulin #60 of the New York Islanders
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Kevin Poulin #60 of the New York Islanders warms up before playing against the Ottawa Senators. (Jan. 13, 2011)

Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner (40) of Sweden
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Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner (40) of Sweden in goal during practice before the NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders. (Jan. 13, 2011)

Goalie Robin Lehner #40 of the Ottawa Senators
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Goalie Robin Lehner #40 of the Ottawa Senators stops a shot during pre-game warmups before his first NHL start in a hockey game against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum. (Jan. 13, 2011)

Milan Michalek #9 of the Ottawa Senators leaps
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Milan Michalek #9 of the Ottawa Senators leaps over a diving Andrew MacDonald #47 of the New York Islanders as he skated into the Islanders zone during the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum. (Jan. 13, 2011)

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