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Draft lottery changes; Ukrainian KHL team goes elsewhere; ‘upper-body injuries’ (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney
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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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• The dude who spotted this may be watching the games a bit too closely, but seriously, Shane Doan is going to lose a chunk of hair this way, and it's going to hurt. [Reddit]

• The NHL is considering changes to its draft lottery that will make tanking less appealing. [CBC]

• Not that long ago, the KHL was saying it was safe for teams to visit their Ukrainian club. No longer. As the crisis grows, Donbass Dontesk has been forced to start playing their games abroad. [RSport]

• How Pat Quinn ruined everything when he invented the phrase "upper-body injury". [Toronto Star]

Brandon Saad won't travel with the Blackhawks to Philadelphia. Why? Upper-body injury. [CSN Chicago]

• The Florida Panthers are still after a bailout from their county, and the sticking point appears to be arena profit-sharing. [Sun Sentinel]

• According to Martin Brodeur, Zach Parise was "pretty close" to remaining in New Jersey and convincing Ryan Suter to follow him. [Star-Ledger]

• What's the secret to the Sharks' forecheck? The same as a secret to healthy-looking cheeks: pinching. [Fear the Fin]

• Kirk Muller yelled at his players. Like, really yelled at them. "Losing is for losers", he shouted at one point, which is a truism, but still powerful. [News Observer]

• The Chicago Blackhawks would like to add Teuvo Teravainen from the Finnish league, but it's going to take some salary cap magic to get it done. [Second City Hockey]

• The centerpiece of the Dallas Stars' rebuild is the piece Jim Nill started with: Jamie Benn. [SB Nation]

• In John Tavares' absence, Kyle Okposo is taking lead on the Islanders' top line. [Dobber Hockey]

• Who are the Islanders fans you can hate on? TRICK QUESTION. All Islanders fans deserve respect, kindness, and most of all, pity. [Eyes on Isles]

• Jason Arnott, on his classic line with Petr Sykora and Patrik Elias: "I think the reason our line worked so well together was because we were all different players and we each brought something different to the game." A compelling quote from a compelling man. But seriously, this is a nice interview. [The Hockey Writers]

• Marc Methot autographs a Tweet from a Twitter troll, which is a thing players do a lot these days, because they don't want to seem like jerks for being jerks to jerks. [Deadspin]

• The Red Wings have lost Justin Abdelkader for two weeks due to a leg laceration. [MLive]

• The Ottawa 67s have now miss the OHL playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Will heads roll? Whose heads? How far will they roll? Who will roll them? Lots of questions in Ottawa. [Buzzing the Net]

• TSN's Brent Wallace on the Senators: “This isn’t just this weekend, this goes back a ways and I think it’s been building, right? Even from the beginning of this year, people were asking… I remember having a hockey meeting with the TSN guys and being asked, ‘Have things changed in Ottawa?’ And I think going into this year, I believe that there is a change in the way that the message is being delivered or some sort thereof. And I also believe that once you start losing, then it becomes worse and just gets piled on and piled on. And they’ve never been able to fix their defence and as you said earlier, without the goaltending, they cannot get any wins.” [6th Sens]

• Finally, Marie Hui and Clay Imoo of Canucks Hockey Blog and I give you the final valedictory Roberto Luongo tribute, "Someone Like Lu". [PITB]

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