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Brett Hull returns to Blues; Ovechkin on KHL rumors; Kane, Toews ‘forever’ in Chicago? (Puck Headlines)

Sean Leahy
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• One of the stops along the NHL's Player Media Tour on Thursday was a demonstration by Dion Phaneuf where he makes a ping pong ball hover using witchcraft.

• Brett Hull will be returning to the St. Louis Blues organization as a vice president dealing with the business side of things. Sadly, it's not as "Ambassador of Fun." [Dispatch]

Alex Ovechkin on the rumors he might return to the KHL: “It's nice to hear from my first club when I'm growing up, they want me. But I'm here and I have a contract.” [CSN Washington]

• The Czech men's national team released its long list of 67 players that will be considered for their Olympic team. Jaromir Jagr is on that list and it would be his fifth Olympics if he's named to the team. [IIHF]

• Another player on that list, Petr Nedved, says he will retire after this season with Liberec of the Czech Republic. [Sportovni Noviny (Czech)]

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are due extensions pretty soon. Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman says the pair "will be here forever," which seems like bad cap management when you consider how long forever is. [Sun-Times]

• After Mike Fisher was bitten by a chipmunk earlier this week, here are some other instance of NHLers being attacked by animals: "Dustin Brown - Has been tormented his entire career by an invisible wolf who chases him around the ice and repeatedly makes him fall down even though no other players touched him." [Down Goes Brown]

• Once married to Willa Ford, Mike Modano has wed again, this time to professional golfer and daughter of former NHLer and current MSG color man Joe Micheletti. [For the Win]

• Vodafone sold its stake in Verizon ($130 billion deal) through a transaction agreed upon by two executives at a New York Rangers game. [Guardian]

• It took 69 days and many, many long hours of work, but the Saddledome is about ready for hockey again after suffering damage during a June flood. [Herald]

• Pressing questions for Western Conference teams as training camp approaches. [Spector's Hockey]

• Examining Bovada's over/under point totals that were released Thursday. [mc79hockey]

• A look at how Nike has screwed up designing hockey jerseys. [Days of Y'Orr]

• A road trip to Florida in October would allow you to see some decent games. [On Goal Analysis]

• Opinions on Darryl Sutter surrrrrrrre have changed since he was hired by the LA Kings. [The Royal Half]

• Peter Mueller won't be back with the Panthers or anyone in the NHL next season. He's inked a one-year deal with the Kloten Flyers of the Swiss League. [Dobber Hockey]

• Finally, Dynamo Moscow had a killer pre-game on-ice light show:

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