Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• The Heritage Classic was a bit of a letdown, but at least it gave us this photo.
• Did you know there's a KHL team in the Ukraine? Donbass Donetsk has assured the league that teams can continue to come through there safely, despite the political unrest in the nation. [RSport]
• Over the weekend, the Florida Panthers acquired Brandon Pirri from the Chicago Blackhawks for picks. [Panther Parkway]
• The Blackhawks also resigned Brandon Bollig to an extension, which some folks didn't agree with. "Today Stan Bowman handed Brandon Bollig, a useless clod if there ever was one [...] a three year extension worth $1.25 million annually. Think about that. Brandon Bollig, who can’t skate and can’t pass and can’t find his own **** in the defensive zone but boy can he shoot if your goalie falls asleep and you give him five minutes of space, will make $100K a year less than Marcus Kruger." [The Committed Indian]
• Your three stars of the week: Johan Franzen, Adam Henrique, and Darcy Kuemper. [NHL]
• Three questions about the Pittsburgh Penguins' pursuit of Ryan Kesler. [The Hockey Writers]
• Brian Burke made his annual appearance at the Sloan Analytics Conference. I'm not sure why they keep inviting him. If I had a conference, I wouldn't invite a grumpy old guy who kept suggesting to my attendees that this was a dumb conference. [Boston Globe]
• 11 players on the cusp of topping 60 points for the first time in their careers. [Dobber Hockey]
• How the Detroit Red Wings took Hockeytown for all it had. [Deadspin]
• Marty Brodeur gets the start in the last home game before the trade deadline. Is it a goodbye start? [Star-Ledger]
• Is the Chris Phillips situation in Ottawa Daniel Alfredsson all over again? I'm saying no, because Chris Phillips is Chris Phillips. [Senshot]
• Is John Tortorella's system the problem in Vancouver? [Pro Hockey Talk]
• About.com explains the NHL trade deadline. [About]
• "The Nashville Predators Foundation is proud to announce the renaming of the Nashville Predators Pediatric Cancer Research Fund at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund. The new branding of the fund, spearheaded by the generosity of Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber and goaltender Pekka Rinne, will continue to raise money for the Preds annual donation to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt." [Predators]
• A close look at all the Kings' trade deadline acquisitions since Wayne Gretzky came to town reveals that they should probably be more judicious about their trade deadline activity. [The Royal Half]
• The University of Ottawa has suspended its entire varsity hockey team amid a sexual assault case. [Buzzing the Net]
• Ryan Callahan is beginning to ease up on his contract demands with the New York Rangers. Now he's offering to pay them! [NY Rangers Blog]
• Michael Yormark steps down from the Florida Panthers. His new job: running Roc Nation. Dude left the Panthers for Jay-Z, which is a pretty decent career move, I'd say. [Miami Herald]
• The Blackhawks lose Marian Hossa for 2-3 weeks with an upper-body injury. [Blackhawk Up]
• Daryl "Razor" Reaugh describes a Jamie Benn goal thusly: "Like poop through a diarrhea infected goose, Benn goes through everyone." This happened. [Awful Announcing]
Today's New York Rangers notes.
It was a good day at the office for the Rangers. Piere McGuire? Not so much.
The right handed Swedish blueliner is looking for more than $9 million over three years.
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