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Jimmy Howard contract talk; Jeff Carter is Josey Wales; Radulov almost pulls a Clowe (Puck Headlines)

Sean Leahy
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• Neat t-shirt placement by the Tampa Bay Lightning ahead of tonight's game against the Islanders.

Jimmy Howard for $35 million over 5-6 years? Sounds like the Red Wings and their goaltender are getting close to a new pact. [MLive]

• The parent company that owns the Los Angeles Kings, AEG, has been pulled off the auction block and president and CEO Tim Leiweke is moving on. [Wall Street Journal]

• Dean Lombardi compared Jeff Carter to gunslinger Josey Wales. Carter's response? "I had no idea who it was." [LA Times]

• What's helped the Kings be so good? Dominant puck possession. [Broadstreet Hockey]

Kris Letang is Kobe Bryant. Mike Colligan explains. [The Hockey Writers]

Jason Chimera scored 20 goals last year. This season he has zero. Wha happened? [Japers' Rink]

• Taking advantage of a contract year: Oliver Ekman-Larsson edition. Will it also end with a Norris Trophy? [Arizona Republic]

Tyler Ennis did not like the hit Wayne Simmonds put on him Sunday: "I feel like he was on my numbers the whole time. I feel like he kind of launched into me. I thought it was dirty.” [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• A regretful tweet by an Owen Sound Attack player will test the league's social media policy. [Buzzing the Net]

• Five suggestions that Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis and head coach Randy Carlyle should listen to. [Maple Leafs Central]

• A look at the Maple Leafs' defense and what's different now that John-Michael Liles returns to the lineup. [Leafs Nation]

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has done a good job of building that team into Stanley Cup contenders. [Sportsnet]

• Soon-to-be new Bruin Carl Soderberg is making news in Sweden after his cross-check to the head of an opponent earned him a 7-game suspension. [Days of Y'Orr]

• Vinny Lecavalier is on the injured-reserve list with a lower-body injury [Lightning]

• Refs have a tough gig, especially when they start getting attacked by fans. [Prep Rally]

• Eleven people who were arrested for their involvement in the 2011 Vancouver riots have breached court-imposed sanctions ranging from curfews to house arrest. [UPI]

• Finally, earlier this week in the KHL playoffs Alex Radulov came close to pulling a Ryane Clowe:

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