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Flyers GM on Rick Nash; NHL playoff TV revenues up; LA Kings Cup celebration video (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 Lynette Dubovik, here is the most realistic artist's rendering of the Los Angles Kings winning the Stanley Cup that we've seen.

Josh Cooper on Dmitry's Alex Radulov news from the morning: "If he does sign a deal, this does hamper Predators General Manager further from making a trade involving Radulov's rights. In that case, why would be tough for a team to fork over anything more than a mid-round pick for the winger? The little leverage the Predators had will turn to none." [The Tennessean]

• Paul Holmgren laughs, pleads ignorance about Rick Nash rejected a trade to the Philadelphia Flyers. But did he throw his head back and cackle or was it more like a chortle? [Philly.com]

• Say, what would it take for the Ottawa Senators to trade for Rick Nash? Besides the ad line, "We're Ontario without the Toronto media!" [Silver Seven]

• Brad Stuart agrees to a 3-year deal with the San Jose Sharks. The Detroit Red Wings get themselves a seventh round draft pick out it. [Winging It]

• Curt Fraser, former coach for the Grand Rapid Griffins and the Atlanta Thrashers, joins the Dallas Stars as an assistant coach. Said Joe Nieuwendyk: "Paulie's got the defense covered, so Curt will be working with the forwards." [Stars Blog]

• Average Joe on the Barret Jackman signing for the St. Louis Blues: "Jackman is what he is, and that's pretty damn good. He's a stay-at-home defender who is excellent on the penalty kill. He's not afraid to block shots and is known as a good leader and mentor—something needed on a very young blueline. Does he have faults? Of course. He won't win many footraces, his offensive game is pretty limited and he's known to make a bad pass or two. The thing is, everyone does that. The same people who constantly made excuses for Erik Johnson's bad play are the same ones who jumped all over Jackman for a failed clearing attempt." [STL Game Time]

• Sure, the ratings were down for the Stanley Cup Final. You know what wasn't for the playoffs? Revenue, according to Jon Miller, NBC Sports president of programming: "Our advertising revenue is up. Sponsorship is up. We sold a lot more inventory because we had more games to sell. On every measurable metric that we look at to evaluate our first year of this partnership, we think that it was a huge success." [Sporting News]

• How does one measure an NHL Draft pick's work ethic, a.k.a. are Russians lazy? [Lighthouse Hockey]

• The Chicago Blackhawks say the team has agreed to terms with forwards Brandon Bollig and Ben Smith on two-year contracts. [Blackhawks]

• The preseason schedule for the Minnesota Wild that will be cancelled due to the lockout. [Wild]

• The preseason schedule for the Edmonton Oilers that will be cancelled due to the lockout. [Copper and Blue]

• Hey, great news for slender puck moving defensemen that'll never earn respect as a defensive stopper because of their stat lines: Phil Housley is the new head coach of Team USA's world juniors. [CHN]

• The drama of restricted free agency … oh, if only someone would get on the offer sheet thing with someone like Matt Duchene or Jamie Benn. [Cave Mag]

• Dennis Wideman's Washington Capitals report card. [Japers]

• Here's a post that's a rebuttal to Mooney's gay player piece on PD from over the weekend. [Hockey Writers]

• Florida Panthers defensive prospect Roman Derlyuk heads to the KHL. [Litter Box Cats]

• Ellen Etchingham on the pain and suffering of Steve Bernier, Game 6 goat: "Bernier couldn't have known exactly what would happen. Although he lined up the hit a good three seconds before connecting, an eternity of hockey-time, although he was planning the thing almost from the blue line, he could not have known then that it would draw a five minute major. He couldn't have known that he'd catch the head quite so perfectly. He couldn't have known that Scuderi would bleed. The most he could have known was that it would be a near thing, maybe a controversial thing. Bernier was flying in with every intention of finishing his check on an opponent in a dangerous position. He must have known there was risk. What he didn't know was that there was risk to him." [Backhand Shelf]

• Finally, via Kukla, the Los Angeles Kings had a kick-ass intro video during the playoffs; now, they've updated it with Stanley Cup footage.

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