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More Sharks news: Scott Nichol faces discipline, team claims Kyle Wellwood off waiver wire

Jan 18, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT

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There are two burning questions from this busy Tuesday in NHL news:

1. Will Sidney Crosby boycott the 2011 NHL All-Star Game?

2. Is teal slimming?

At least, the second burning question might be going through the minds of people who love to write Kyle Wellwood fat jokes. That’s because the Sharks decided to claim the walking punchline/respectable playmaking center under the noses of the St. Louis Blues today. (Source: TSN’s Bob McKenzie.)

Some might say that the Sharks got punchier and crunchier on Tuesday, as the team sent away their fifth round pick to acquire Ben Eager in a trade with the Atlanta Thrashers.

There’s one more bit of Sharks news, but it’s not as positive: the NHL will hold a disciplinary hearing with gritty forward Scott Nichol for elbowing Phoenix Coyotes defenseman David Schlemko on Monday. We’ll provide an update once word surfaces regarding his punishment (or lack thereof).

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