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BOG meeting agenda; Lecavalier out 3-4 weeks; Euro Champions League announced (Puck Headlines)

Sean Leahy
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Dale Weise and David Rundblad get close. A little too close, if you ask the lady on the other side of the glass. [AP]

• The NHL's Board of Governors meet this week in Pebble Beach. Among the items on the agenda: updates on next season's salary cap, the ex-player's lawsuit and a pizza party to celebrate the $5.2 (CA) billion Canadian TV deal. [ESPN]

• Here is Brendan Shanahan's schedule for the week: James Neal, phone hearing today. Dion Phaneuf, phone hearing Tuesday. Shawn Thornton, in-person hearing later this week. All while Pebble Beach Golf Links stares him in the face.

• Bruins head coach Claude Julien on Shawn Thornton's apology, while taking a shot at James Neal: "...I know he's being truthful. That's more than we can say about about players who (say) it wasn't done on purpose or they really didn't mean it." [Boston Herald]

• If you play defense for the Boston Bruins, you should start walking around in bubble wrap. Dougie Hamilton is expected to miss the next week with a lower-body injury. [WEEI]

• Did you think the new playoff format was a little confusing when you first read about it? Don't worry, you're not alone. Some NHL general managers were confused too. [NY Post]

• Jeff Skinner, Taylor Hall and Roberto Luongo are your Three Stars of the Week. [NHL]

• The Philadelphia Flyers will be without Vinny Lecavalier for the next 3-4 weeks after an MRI revealed he has a non-displaced fracture in his lower back. []

• As the Islanders try and figure things out, they're on their third "closed-door, players-only meeting" of the season. [Islanders Point Blank]

• One of four gold medals won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics was bought at auction by Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle for a cool $1.47 million. That's two Craig Adamses! [Bloomberg]

• A European hockey Champions League will re-boot next year featuring 40 teams. [IIHF]

• Of those 40 teams, there will be zero from the KHL. Blame that on the rift between Jokerit and the Elitserien. [R-Sport]

• "The Children of Mitch Korn" is a fantastic headline for a story, and also a great read on the Nashville Predators' goalie coach. [CBC]

• Great work by Mirtle on the decline of Canadian goaltending. [Globe and Mail]

• If you missed it over the weekend, Jonathan Drouin suffered a mild concussion after getting hit from behind by Adam Erne. The two are prospects in the Lightning organization. Afterward, Erne said: "I wouldn’t have even gotten a penalty if he didn’t dive into the boards." Oof. [Buzzing the Net]

• December is here so that means it's outdoor hockey season. Frontier Field in Rochester is ready for this Friday's AHL game between the Rochester Americans and Lake Erie Monsters. [Democrat and Chronicle]

• Long-time sports agent Art Kaminsky, who repped most of the "Miracle on Ice" team and Ken Dryden, passed away last week. [NY Times]

• Breaking down the complete mess that is the current New York Islanders' roster. [Eye on Isles]

• With HBO 24/7 premiering this coming Saturday night, here are eight predictions for the series. [The Hockey Writers]

• How do you deal with the unmet expectations of the players on your fantasy hockey team? [Dobber Hockey]

• Finally, here's Harrison Mooney's dramatic reading of some reader mail received over the weekend:

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