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Evgeni Malkin's Instagram (and via Leahy), here is the Pittsburgh Penguins star being attacked by goats.
• Hey, great, it's backlash against the Rockford IceHogs for their Mexican jersey night at the rink from NBC Latino. (Here are the jerseys, which we brought you last week.) Said Mike Peck, the team's spokesman: "We weren't expecting to get national publicity on it. And another thing, the thing with minor league sports, too, you always try to do something that could create a buzz like this, but obviously you want to do it in the most positive way. But unfortunately when you do, there's always some controversy behind it. And again, we definitely were not doing it to create a controversial issue, even though I would be foolish to tell you that by looking at the jersey that we wouldn't think people were not going to criticize it. We knew that, but again because we had the guidance of the Latino coalition of Rockford, they gave us their blessing on it." [NBC Latino]
• Steve Fehr says the NHL and the NHLPA just need to overcome three issues before what could be a quick settlement of the lockout: "the split of money, player contract rules and who pays for the damage caused by the lockout." Done and done. It's as simple as that. [CP]
• Marty St. Louis can't figure out if he should stay or go to Europe during the lockout: "I'm caught in between. I want to go but I feel, geez, it might be close, but, nope, days later, nope, we're far. It's just like juggling the decision-making process right now." [Lightning Strikes]
• Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin on whether the players have any influence on Don Fehr: "Our head Donald Fehr knows the terms on which we would agree to play. Nobody wants to have their salary or their status to be lowered. Here everything would be up to Fehr. We have full confidence in him, but there the situation can change in different ways." [Alex Ovetjkin]
• Jesse Spector on why Gary Bettman and Bill Daly should have stayed away from Hockey Hall of Fame induction weekend. [Sporting News]
• Braden Holtby's new mask honors Washington, DC and his son Benjamin. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
• Nail Yakupov talks about returning to Sarnia as a member of Team Russia: "I'm going there only with positive emotions. I'm eager to see once again the people I lived with and played for the last two years. It's going to be fun to talk to them again." [Buzzing The Net]
• How money ripped apart the Adam Oates and Brett Hull dynamic duo. [SB Nation]
• Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec splits with his team after his contract was up and his start to the season was less-than-stellar. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
• Congrats to Mike Comrie and Hilary Duff, as Comrie's dad sells The Brick for $700 million. [Edmonton Journal, via Sam Silver]
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• Interesting movie news on a 'Marek Vs. Wyshynski' guest from last week: "Ed Burns and writer-director Doug Atchison are teaming to put Turk on the ice. The duo will develop a feature film about former Boston Bruins player Derek "Turk" Sanderson, the talented but troubled member of the Stanley Cup-winning Bruins in the 1970s. Burns will co-star as Sanderson's father and also serve as co-producer on the project, which is scheduled to begin filming next year in Boston." [Deadline]
• Looking for clues about the NHL lockout from previous NHL lockouts. [Too Many Men On The Site]
• Here's Jo Innes on Blake Geoffrion's injury. [Backhand Shelf]
• Wait, Philippe Dupuis and Pascal Dupuis aren't related? [Penguins]
• RIP Vlad Serov. [ECHL]
• Finally, here's Derek DiDonato of the University of Delaware with a shootout goal and an exuberant celebration.
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