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Cosmo’s hottest guys of 2013 NHL Playoffs; Pominville out; Rolston retires (Puck Headlines)

Greg Wyshynski
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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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Via reader Steve Diaz: ‘Los Santos Kings’ logo spotted in new Grand Theft Auto V trailers” The perfect jersey to wear when you’re running over digital pedestrians.

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Patric Hornqvist to a five-year, $21.25 million contract. Because he’s one of the few people on their roster that, you know, “scores.” [Preds]

• In case you missed it, here’s the big-ass AMA we did with Reddit to preview the playoffs. [Reddit]

• Brilliant infographic that explains how much life has changed since the Toronto Maple Leafs last made the postseason. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

• No Dave Bolland or Ray Emery for Game 1 for the Chicago Blackhawks. [CSN Chicago]

• The Minnesota Wild will be without Jason Pominville for their Game 1 battle with the Hawks. [Pioneer Press]

• Bourne isn’t happy with last week’s report in the NY Post that the New York Islanders might re-brand their colors of Brooklyn. [Backhand Shelf]

• The Royal Half is rather ready for the Kings’ series against the Blues. [TRH]

• Dean Lombardi on the notion his Los Angeles Kings were Cinderellas last season in winning the Cup: “It’s not a Cinderella run when you’re going 16-4.” [Y! Sports]

• Uh oh … Cosmo is back with it’s list of the hottest NHL players of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Maxim Lapierre crazy eyes alert! [Cosmo]

• T.J. Oshie is back, and Vladimir Tarasenko sits for the Blues. [KMOX]

• “Darryl Sutter wouldn’t tip his hand, though it is likely that Keaton Ellerby will remain in the lineup in place of Matt Greene, who practiced with the team on Monday and took part in Tuesday’s morning skate but missed Saturday’s season finale with an undisclosed ailment unrelated to the back injury that kept him out of 42 games.” [LA Kings Insider]

• Darren Helm is still battling pain, but Todd Bertuzzi is just waiting for his shot to get back into the Red Wings’ lineup. [Wings]

• Breaking down the penalty killing between the Ducks and the Wings. [Anaheim Calling]

• John Tortorella is in postseason form: “I know you guys will turn it around and say that we didn’t like Gabby and you guys talk about the relationship I have with him. Gabby was a helluva player and we miss him in a lot of situations. He almost helped the team get in. So it isn’t that way. We ended up getting three or four players that solidified our core. So don’t give me any sh-*$!*^-it about Gabby as far as our relationship and all that because it’s wrong, and it’s unfair to both of us.” [Rangers Rants]

• Pierre LeBrun’s top five Conn Smythe contenders. OK then. [ESPN]

• Nathan Horton returns to practice. [Bruins Blog]

• “The time for learning has passed. In Vancouver, the time for doing is now. We’re not sure they’re Stanley Cup material, but we’ll see Vancouver through to Round 2 — just barely.” [Sportsnet]

• Fare thee well Brian Rolston, officially retiring from the NHL: “My career has taken me to many great places where I had the privilege to play with some exceptional teammates and in the best league in the world. The memories of all my experiences will certainly stick with me for the rest of my life. I am grateful for the overwhelming support of my friends, family and fans throughout my career." [NHL]

• Finally, the Bros. Niedermayer talk winning the Cup:

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