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Canucks extend Burrows; should Bettman recuse himself?; Fart Cat (Puck Headlines)

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• Not sure what's more embarrassing about this photo for Ryan Miller: the fact that he appears to be struggling to stay awake during the NHLPA presser yesterday, or the fact that the caption reads, "Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks listens to the NHLPA press conference."

• The players really need a win this time around. [National Post]

• Elliotte Friedman thinks now might be a good time for Bettman should excuse himself. Is his presence in the CBA negotiations just making it harder to get a deal done? [CBC]

• Speaking of Bettman, during the 2011 Stanley Cup riot, he ducked into The Flying Beaver for a salmon burger and everybody was really nice to him. [Deadspin]

• The biggest news of the day: Mobile game "Fart Cat", which sounds just amazing, frankly, utilizes the St. Louis Blues' goal horn as a sound effect for the flatulent feline's most epic cheese-cuts. What an honour! [St Louis Game Time]

• Taking the owners' side in all this? These numbers might help you reform your opinion. [Copper & Blue]

Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar are already practicing with Metallurg Magnitigorsk of the KHL and likely to play as early as next week. [TSN]

• Is Alex Burrows the odd man out if Shane Doan signs in Vancouver? No, no he isn't. [Canucks Army]

• Especially since he just signed a four-year extension with the Canucks worth $18 million. [Canucks]

• You know which fanbase is going to feel this lockout the hardest? Winnipeg. They had to wait a decade and a half for NHL hockey. Then they got it back. And now they have to wait again. Worst. [The Telegram]

• That outdoor hockey game in the Roman amphitheatre is this weekend, so get ready for more stunning photographs like this one. [Sportida Facebook]

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• The Halifax Mooseheads had to cancel a preseason game because half their team has the flu. Gentlemen: cough into your sleeves, not the team's water supply. [CBC]

• The media continues to blame the victim in this labour dispute. Why is this lockout happening? Because of the way you're dressed, hockey fan. [ESPN]

• Ellen Etchingham thinks normal people should play for the Stanley Cup. I think it's a awful idea that just makes the Cup less special, but as usual, it sounds nice when Ellen says it. [Backhand Shelf]

• In praise of billet families, who have never tried to unionize. [OHL Writers]

• The Kings recently signed prospect Nicolay Prokhorkin, one of the standouts at their development camp, to an entry-level contract. Except they didn't, because they can't, because he has a deal with Red Army Moscow in the KHL. [Mayors Manor]

• Jordan Eberle has his choice between the AHL and Europe during the lockout. Where will he go? [Edmonton Journal]

• Say goodbye to Andrei Kostitsyn, who has signed a deal with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL. Hey, Jan Bulis plays there! [TSN]

• Speaking of Bulis, Pass it to Bulis continues to raise money for the Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer charity, and a $500 donation by a gentleman named Nelson Ong necessitated a song in his honour. [PITB]

• If you weren't upset about the lockout before, you will be after this furious rap-rock protest anthem.

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