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Blues goaltending woes; Fasel burns Bettman; horse men the new green men? (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney
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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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• Bold prediction: horse men are the new green men. Expect to see them turn up with regularity at hockey games this season. That's fine -- it's way funnier. Here's one behind the New York Islanders bench. [Islanders Point Blank]

• IIHF president René Fasel's comments on CBC Saturday probably won't help to get the NHL in Sochi. "He took an obvious shot at NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in an interview on CBC television, saying, “I think Gary has no other choice, he has to come to Sochi,” and later said a barrier to an agreement might be “ego from some people in North America.” [The Globe & Mail]

• Elliotte Friedman's 30 thoughts, where the Devils are showing signs that last year was no fluke. [CBC]

• Incredible piece from Eric Francis on Wayne Fleming's fight against brain cancer. [Calgary Sun]

• What's the deal with Brian Elliott, who was bad, then good, and now appears to be bad again? [Senshot]

• Think it might have something -- nay, everything -- to do with the team in front of him being bad? It might not be enough that the Blues are getting Jaro Halak back. Here's your shocking stat of the season so far: "Last season the Blues were No. 1 in the NHL in save percentage (.929). This year they’ve crashed to 30th (last) with an .857 save percentage." [STL Today]

• Production-wise, Rick Nash hasn't really lived up to his contract yet in New York, but the main difference between New York and Canada is no one cares how much money an athlete makes as long as he's working hard. This is a good piece, but to that point: yeah right. [NY Post]

• Six players who are early disappointments in 2013. [Spector's Hockey]

• Ridiculous Ryan O'Reilly saga update: "If Ryan O’Reilly signs a one-year contract with any NHL team and plays six games, he’ll become eligible for arbitration this summer. Looking for one more reason why the Avs may be dragging their feet trying to come to a deal with their leading scorer from last season? That could be one." [Dater]

• The NHL's luckiest team right now? The Anaheim Ducks. Least lucky: the Florida Panthers. [NHL Numbers]

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• Can you believe the Edmonton Oilers got a too many men penalty for this? Because I totally can. [Jonathan Willis]

• Taking a look at some of the best line combinations from around the league, from a fantasy standpoint. [Dobber Hockey]

• When Dustin Byfuglien and Zach Bogosian return, the Winnipeg Jets will have to make some decisions on the blueline. [Arctic Ice Hockey]

• The USHL's Dubique Fighting Saints lip-synch Selena Gomez's Love You Like a Love Song for Valentine's Day, because they don't want anybody mistaking them for tough, intimidating people. [Buzzing the Net]

• It's Concussion Monday at SB Nation, wherein the various NHL blogs will be discussing concussions pertinent to their team. [SB Nation]

• Toronto's economy apparently isn't rebounding like expected after the NHL lockout, even with the Leafs playing well. [Toronto Star]

• Patrick Kane, Jamie Benn, and Martin Brodeur are the NHL's 3 stars of the week. [NHL]

• The Calgary Flames have claimed Joey MacDonald off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, which will allow them to send Danny Taylor back to the Abbotsford Heat. [MLive]

• On Matt Carle's return to Tampa Bay, which has gone pretty well so far. [The Hockey Writers]

• Puck Daddy for the ladies (and some men): Henrik Zetterberg talks about his path to the NHL while working out.

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