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Datsyuk named Russian captain; Ovechkin to be on Today Show; Semenko vs. Ali (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney
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• Germany named their women's team Wednesday, as well as debuting the jerseys they'll be wearing. But the best German jersey remains the Canadian third. [IIHF]

Pavel Datsyuk has been named the captain of the Russian Olympic team. [Dmitry Chesnokov]

Alex Ovechkin will be on the Today show Monday to discuss the Sochi Olympics. [Washington Post]

• Ovechkin says Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are the two best players in the world. Where does he rank? "Top 15 maybe?" [Post-Gazette]

• Meanwhile, Ovechkin's Dad is bottom 15 at taking iPhone videos. [RMNB]

• What's the deal with Bryan Bickell? [Second City Hockey]

• Did Brian Burke ruin Bobby Ryan? Perhaps, but the fact that he's gone so quiet since the Olympic snub doesn't do much to validate him after that intensity crack. [Senshot]

• Really cool: An 11-year-old former Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital patient has raised the money to buy an air hockey table for the facility. [Syracuse]

• Muhammad Ali vs. Dave Semenko. It really happened, son. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• How fancy stats have led many NHL teams to quietly abandon a dump-and-chase zone entry model. [SI]

• Edmonton Oilers' owner Daryl Katz is poised to acquire the Bakersfield Condors, home of the famous escaping condor. [Edmonton Sun]

• Tyler Bozak is on a pretty impressive hot streak. [SB Nation]

• Cool story here about an 100-year-old, hand-carved hockey stick found in a Minnesota attic. [CBS Local]

• According to Keith Olbermann, Tom Sestito is a "boxing hobo on skates". [Toronto Sun]

• Kate Upton and Justin Verlander were spotted together at Tuesday's Flyers game. OMG are they back together??? [Entertainment Wise]

• A year after being passed over on the waiver wire because he was deemed too expensive, Jussi Jokinen is one of the most cost-effective Penguins. [The Pensblog]

• Imagine a trade deadline where the New York Rangers are sellers. [NY Rangers Blog]

• The best junior hockey team right now? The Kelowna Rockets. [Buzzing the Net]

• Why was Tyler Toffoli sent down to Manchester? So he could play in Manchester... later. Clever, clever. [The Royal Half]

• 14 ways for Alex Burrows to bump the slump, such as "whenever you’re on the ice, constantly hold your stick in the air like you’re waiting for a one-timer", and "keep your stick on the ice". [PITB]

• This is about as good a pass as you'll see, and the guy didn't even have the puck! [Eye on Hockey]

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