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The league is mulling the idea of putting a second team in Toronto, the Toronto Globe and Mail reported. The newspaper said that Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Blackberry maker Research in Motion Ltd., could receive an expansion team if he helps the financially troubled Predators get back on their feet. Two NHL governors the paper did not name confirmed that the scenario has been floated, the Globe and Mail said. The NHL has not commented on the report. The Toronto lawyer for Balsillie, who has tried to buy the Predators in the past, refused to comment.

Blue Jackets: Center Manny Malhotra was activated off injured reserve and former Lightning Fredrik Modin placed on it. Malhotra has a lower-body injury that kept him out of the lineup for the first five games. Modin has been hampered by a hip injury that likely will cause him to miss at least three games.

Penguins: For the second straight year, Sidney Crosby has been named one of AskMen.com's "Top 49 Most Influential Men." Readers ranked him No. 45 on the list of men who have had the greatest influence on the way other men behave, buy and think this year. Crosby, the only NHL player on the list, is ranked right behind American Idol host Ryan Seacreast and just ahead of the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez. Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is No. 1.

Red Wings: Defenseman Andreas Lilja had an appendectomy, and the team said he could return to the lineup Friday.

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