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Consider this your Monday chewable...

Here's a clip from a piece in today's Sun regarding Anton Volchenkov and his busted beak:

It's believed Volchenkov was to have his nose straightened out yesterday to resolve the breathing issue and Muckler was optimistic Volchenkov would be able to play tomorrow night.

"I suspect so. They'll give him a (face) mask or something," said Muckler after Saturday's game. "(Losing Volchenkov), that really hurt us. He's our second-best guy and he gets a ton of ice time."

Chew on this:

1) If Volchenkov is the "second-best guy", who's the first? Wouldn't it stand to reason that it's Chris Phillips -- Anton's linemate and the guy that's entering unrestricted free agency on July 1st?

2) If Phillips and Volchenkov are Nos. 1 and 2 respectively, what does that make Wade Redden? No. 3?

3) If Volchenkov is up for RFA this year (and he is), how fast do you think his agent clipped that quote out of today's paper? Hell, if I were his agent, I'd save the whole paper, write "kindling for arbitration" on it, use it to wrap a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, and send it to Muckler himself. After all, it's not every day that someone helps his client break the 2.5 million dollar barrier, simply by making an off-the-cuff compliment.