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.
"Fighting? Nooooo. We're just having a laugh between friends!"
• In effect, this poor guy is allergic to hockey. Worse than death? [The Star]
• Craig Heisinger on Randy Carlyle's legacy in Winnipeg: “He was an absolute prick." [Toronto Sun]
• Did the Capitals even need to get away from the system that was serving them so well in the Brouce Boudreau era? "As absurd as it might sound to change an entire system (that had, by any reasonable definition, been tremendously successful over the previous three years) based on a six-game losing streak, it's all the more absurd considering that even during that rough patch, the underlying numbers were still good - the Caps outshot their opponents 174-123 at even-strength during the first half-dozen games of the losing streak, meaning that the Caps took 58% of the even-strength shots on goal in those games. Results (and score effects - the Caps obviously trailed for quite a bit of the game time during that stretch) notwithstanding, the Caps were generally better than their opponents in those games, they just didn't have anything to show for it... other than equally unsustainable 2.9% shooting and .878 save percentages at evens." [Japers' Rink]
• Why the Panthers will trade Stephen Weiss. [The Hockey Writers]
• Speaking of the Panthers, things don't appear to be going well for Alex Kovalev in Florida. He'll be a healthy scratch tonight. [George Richards]
• I love this opening from Roy MacGregor: "It is an astonishing list of the accomplished that Austria has given the world. Composers such as Mozart, Strauss, Schubert, Haydn. Bankers like the Rothschilds. Mendel, the geneticist. The poet Rilke, Klimt the great artist, Otto Preminger the acclaimed film director, Thomas Vanek the leading scorer in the National Hockey League. [The Globe & Mail]
• David Poile responds to a question of whether the Nashville Predators can continue to get by without Shea Weber's production: “I’d rather answer that he’s going to produce ... I know that’s going to happen. Again, the way he bombs the puck -- he missed the net a few times -- being a little bit more accurate, he can beat goaltenders. They can’t contain the shot. There’s a rebound. It’s going to be there.” [Fox Sports Tennessee]
• In a radio interview, Tanner Glass explains why he lost respect for Colin McDonald for refusing to fight him. [105.9 The X]
• In honour of Danny Taylor signing a contract with the Calgary Flames to help fill their current hole at backup goalie, Justin Bourne digs up a song from Taylor's past about the ignominy of being sent down to Wheeling. [Backhand Shelf]
• A half hour after going on sale, tickets for the Sochi men's hockey final were unavailable. [RSport]
• Keith Ballard, on his struggles in Vancouver: "Part of the problem is I just was never really sure what I was supposed to do." Yep, that'll affect your game. [Vancouver Sun]
• Ken Trenkowski had a lucrative job at a law firm. Then he quit to play hockey, which is completely reasonable. [Idaho Statesman]
• Jonathan Bernier finally got that new paint job done on his mask. It has a lion on it. [InGoal Mag]
• Nathan McKinnon of the Halifax Mooseheads scores a goal on hockey's version of a fadeaway jumper. [Buzzing the Net]
• Are you ready for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's hockey book, which totally isn't a political ploy because it's real? [Political Points]
• Viktor Fasth has become the first goalie to win his first four games since Nolan Schaefer. Elite company. [OC Register]
• I have no idea what to make of Minnesota Wild Hockey Dentist. But it features a dentist dancing in a Wild jersey and scrub pants, so there's that.
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