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The Hockey News Podcast: The mid-season MVP debate

Has Nikita Kucherov vaulted atop the Hart Trophy board? Why does Dougie Hamilton end up on the trading block every year with every team? Are the Islanders for real? And more.

This week on The Hockey News Podcast:

- It's time to select our mid-season Hart Trophy picks. Ken Campbell, Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin conveniently each name a different player

- Is Dougie Hamilton really on the trade block again? Is it for hockey reasons, or has the "social outcast" narrative followed him to Carolina?

- Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin doesn't plan to make any aggressive buyer moves at the trade deadline. Is he doing the right thing?

- Fantasy pickups: Kevin Fiala, Erik Gustafsson, Nico Hischier (!?)

- Future Watch: which players spiked their stocks the most at the World Junior Championship?

- From the Magazine: Ken Campbell on his oddball interactions with the San Jose Sharks' two Joes, Thornton and Pavelski

- Hot Take: Junior team buses need to be equipped with seatbelts at all costs

- Mailbag: Building a hypothetical Alex-Pietrangelo-to-the-Leafs-trade, assessing if the New York Islanders are for real, and more

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