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.
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• Start with this great piece from Eric Duhatschek on Bobby Orr, who turns 65 today. [The Globe & Mail]
• Speaking of milestones, the great NHL 94 is celebrating its 20th anniversary and has been inducted into the Hockeywood Video Game Hall of Fame. A deserving honour. [Life in Hockeywood]
• More love for NHL 94, this time focusing on the legend it made of Jeremy Roenick. [NHL]
• Bryan Reynolds' on Ryan Suter's Norris candidacy: "The likelihood that the vast majority of the PHWA has even watched more than one or two Wild games this season is slim. Without the knowledge to make the right choice, it is a pipe dream that Suter will win. He'll be nominated, and he may even pull a couple of votes. Unless he turns on the jets and scores more points than everyone else, the rest of his accomplishments will mean nothing." [Hockey Wilderness]
• Steve Carell talks about that magician movie he's in, which looks lame, and also hockey, which is awesome. "I would love to do any hockey movie. In fact, I auditioned awhile ago for 'Mystery, Alaska.' It was a skating audition. You had to come out there and skate, and I already knew how to do that. I didn't get past the first round of auditions. At my age right now, I guess the only thing I could be playing is an older coach!" [ESPN]
• Eric Selleck of the Florida Panthers may be the next player suspended for leaving the bench to start an altercation. [NHL]
• Barry Trotz with some real talk after Tuesday night's loss to Columbus: “We have a good goaltender, we have to play good defensively. I know some guys are playing over their heads, some guys quite clearly can’t play at this level, that’s plain and simple, but we’re going to sort that out and go from there. Some guys, I’m not happy with their game, they have to give us more. And I can go top to bottom, there’s some guys in that locker room who can give us a lot more, and that’s the part that bothers me.” [Tennessean]
• Rick DiPietro on trying to remain positive while riding the bus in the AHL. "I don’t think anyone relishes eight-hour bus trips, I don’t care who you are," he says. Ah, but what about this cat? [NY Times]
• Jack Capuano suggests that it's time to break up the Islanders' first line. "Don’t know if that will be Johnny’s line next game. Your best players have to be your best players. It’s nothing against that line, they’re high character guys, but it just doesn’t seem lately they’re getting it going and we’ve talked as a coaching staff about it a little bit, um, do we bide some time and let it go for another game or two? Maybe. But we’re not getting the production out of that line that we need right now. So, um, but we’ll see, you know what those three have been there for us over the course of the year and we’ve got a lot of faith in them, but, sometimes a little tweak can make the difference too.” I don't know much, but separating Matt Moulson and John Tavares probably isn't the answer. [Islanders Point Blank]
• We are gathered here today to mourn the retirement of the LA Kings' purple thirds. Whyyyyyy. You monsters. You absolute monsters. [Icethetics]
• Jarome Iginla trade talk is beginning to come up, as is the price of acquiring him now that Corey Perry's off the table, one would assume. [ESPN]
• Zoltan Hetenyi used to play for the Orlando Solar Bears, but he's been released because he allegedly groped a waitress three times. Way to go, Zoltan. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]
• Chris Campoli's year in Switzerland is over. Now he wants back into the NHL. [True Hockey]
• What has and hasn't worked for Alex Ovechkin in the 2013 Washington Capitals' powerplay format. [Japers' Rink]
• The Carolina Hurricanes have lost Justin Faulk to a second-degree MCL sprain. [Hurricanes]
• Mike Commodore signs a PTO with the Texas Stars. [Dallas News]
• And finally, an NHL 94 clip to warm your heart: Brendan Shanahan burns the Canucks to put St. Louis on the board. Terrible goaltending here from Kirk McLean.
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