Drama-free season for Luongo; playing ‘hocket’; Eakins on the hot seat already? (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney

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.

• Via Lewis Kay, hockey coverage in Los Angeles continues to devolve at an alarming rate.

• Roberto Luongo is having a drama-free season. It's weird. [The Province]

• Female hockey players in Chesterville, Ontario, are upset that the toilets have been removed from dressing rooms at the local arena to make room for another shower stall, while the urinals remain. [Ottawa Citizen]

• Rick Nash is beginning to round into form, reading Hockey Canada's faith in him. [NHL]

• Is Dallas Eakins on the hot seat already? He may be, but it would just be an awful move for the Oilers to put these guys through another coaching change so soon. This is the case he's making publicly, so I'd assume he's starting to feel the heat. [Edmonton Journal]

• Trade Kris Letang! Why? I dunno, because. [TribLive]

• Marc Methot will be a healthy scratch for the Ottawa Senators Thursday night. Remember when he was a Team Canada Olympic orientation camp invite? You got the sense that was his coming-out party. Turns out it may have been his high point. [Ottawa Sun]

• While a lot of other players are expressing concerns with the safety in Sochi, Max Pacioretty trusts the security: "They would send us there only if it was safe, and I have faith in our country and the other countries as well that they feel the security is tight enough." That's not quite airtight logic, but love that optimism. [Sporting News]

• NHLers from the smaller hockey nations are looking forward to the Sochi Olympic experience, even if they're not expecting to run the table and win the whole thing. [The Globe & Mail]

• Ryan McDonagh drills an Islanders fan in the groin with a shot. [NY Rangers Blog]

• Set to play their 1,000th game, the Blue Jackets are as good as they've ever been, which is actually sort of sad, when you think about it. [Blue Jackets Xtra]

• Breaking down the Dallas Stars trade bait. [Pegasus News]

• It's time to face it: the Detroit Red Wings are average. Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria. [Freep]

• Hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser has been named Canada's Olympic flag bearer for Sochi. [Canadian Press]

• The Edmonton Oilers have purchased the Bakersfield Condors. But did they get the Bakersfield condor? Because this is all that matters. [Condors]

• The NCAA has relaxed its recruiting rules for college hockey coaches. Now they can pester kids more than ever before! [Buzzing the Net]

• Differences between the Winter Classic and the Stadium Series. [The Royal Half]

• Say, whatever happened to Jason Bacashihua? He's now playing for the Straubing Tigers of the DEL. [St. Louis Game Time]

• Andrew Ference makes the day for a bunch of kids by showing up at their hockey practice. [CBC]

• Finally, a lesson about hockey hair.