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New Year’s Eve puck drop; in praise of backups; Charlie Sheen, Sabre (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney
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• The newest member of the Buffalo Sabres: Charlie Sheen. You laugh, but I bet he's more NHL-ready than Mikhail Grigorenko. [Charlie Sheen]

• Speaking of Grigorenko, he's been sent to the AHL on a conditioning assignment, along with Rasmus Ristolainen and Johan Larsson. Defenseman Nikita Zadorov has also been sent back to the London Knights. [Sabres]

• The Knights are going to be pretty happy to have Zadorov back. [Buzzing the Net]

• "In connection with the NHL Winter Classic Game to be played on New Year’s Day, the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting a New Year’s Eve event called The Puck Drops Here, which will mimic the dropping of the lighted ball in Times Square, but with a 6-foot diameter lighted “puck”." Um. Awesome. [Ann Arbor Chronicle]

• The St. Louis Blues have some questions in goal that they'll have to answer in short order here. [STL Today]

• How Ben Scrivens scammed the system. [LA Kings Insider]

• How Scrivens and Josh Harding are proving the value of good backup goalies. [Eye on Hockey]

• Ilya Bryzgalov, asked if he needs to change anything about the way he does thing off the ice: “What do you mean. The way I go to restaurants?” [Edmonton Journal]

• Adrian Aucoin has officially retired after 17 NHL seasons. [NHLPA]

• Tim Thomas says a spot on the U.S. Olympic team was a major factor in returning from his self-imposed exile. [Sun Sentinel]

• Bad news, American hockey fans hoping for Olympic gold: Team USA tends to play pretty terribly overseas. [Wall Street Journal]

• How Alex Ovechkin improved his even-strength play by letting others do a little puck-carrying. [Japers Rink]

• Sean McIndoe defends the Ottawa Senators' decision to keep Wade Redden over Zdeno Chara. Sure, it looks bad now… but then? [Grantland]

• Elliotte Friedman suggests the Edmonton Oilers hire Paul Maurice to give Dallas Eakins a little help behind the bench. [CBC]

• A valuable guide for when and how to use the #IslesTwitter hashtag, because too many of you are doing it wrong. [Eye on Isles]

• Jessica Merighi on pink hats, "a term used for women who are not fans of the sport but watch games for some random stupid reason, like their boyfriend." [Days of Y'Orr]

• What's wrong with Evgeni Malkin? [Much Ado About Malkin]

• Introducing a new stat: the Bieksa rating, which measure things like toughness, good Canadian kid-ness, and visorlessness. [Canucks Army]

• David Clarkson after 10 games. [Leafs Nation]

• How do fantasy owners survive the Steven Stamkos injury? My advice would be to just quit, but apparently there are other things you can do. [Dobber Hockey]

• Finally, Blake Wheeler has some sick mitts for a big man:

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