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Hockey in the future; Hertl, Crosby stars of the week; Orr endorses fighting (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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• This is on the back of Carton Hutton's mask? Awesome.

• Tomas Hertl, Sidney Crosby, and the Avalanche's goaltenders are the NHL's three stars of the week. [NHL]

• Speaking of Hertl, after taking a hard hit versus Ottawa Saturday night, he's expected to play Tuesday in St. Louis. [CSN Bay Area]

• A vision of hockey in the year 2000 (the future!!!) as envisioned through the eyes of 1967. Belly dancers! Plastic ice! Four-dimensional screens! A more recent Leafs Stanley Cup! [Deadspin]

• Bobby Orr throws his support behind fighting in hockey. "[Hockey] is a tough sport, a sport that requires physical play, and sometimes that can lead to frustration. Speaking as a former player, whenever those situations occur on the ice I would much rather face an opponent man to man in a fight than have to deal with sticks to the face as well as spearing to other areas of the body." [Eye on Hockey]

• The difference between the fight that means nothing and the fight that means everything. [Ketts' Corner]

• Dylan Chanter's full-body seizure will probably renew the fighting debate. Probably. [Buzzing the Net]

• Colby Cosh talks about an aspect of hockey more dangerous than fighting: shot-blocking. [Macleans]

• How to capitalize on the chaos and misleading nature of the first few weeks of the NHL season. [Dobber Hockey]

• Seriously, who saw the Avalanche's 5-0 start coming besides that one Avalanche fan on Twitter who claims he "called it"? [Denver Post]

• The Carolina Hurricanes have placed Anton Khudobin on the IR with some kind of lower-body injury. [News Observer]

• A couple years back, the Wild's defence corps was the worst in the league. Now they're looking formidable and productive. [Hockey Wilderness]

• Marc-Edouard Vlasic should get strong Team Canada consideration. [Fear the Fin]

• Rick Nash is still out with a head injury. He did not skate or work out with the Rangers Monday morning. [Ranger Rants]

• Is there an expansion draft on the way? [The Hockey Writers]

• Imagine a world in which Dallas Stars' netminder Kari Lehtonen is out with a long-term injury. [Defending Big D]

• Nathan Horton on why he left Boston: “All year, nothing happened,” Horton said. “I waited for a long time. It just came down to, at the end, for my family I wanted a place where my kids could be outside. That’s kind of what it came down to...." [Days of Y'Orr]

• Which NHL teams are just having a slow start, and which are just bad? [Spector's Hockey]

• Jordan Staal gets victimized by the goal post and an uncharitably spinning puck.

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