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Kapanen, Nedved retire; Kesler out a ‘couple of weeks’; Neal concussed (Puck Headlines)

Sean Leahy
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• Via Risto Pakarinen, Sami Kapanen says goodbye to hockey after playing his final game on Thursday.

• Also retiring is Petr Nedved, who at 42, summed up his hockey experience like this: "Hockey was everything to me. I dont know if I will ever find something so beautiful as hockey." [@jedli]

• Speaking of old Czechs, one who will continue playing next season, Jaromir Jagr, is looking good to come back next season as a Devil, says his agent. "[T]here's a really great chance." [Star-Ledger]

• Jagr to Nick Cotsonika on his three seasons in the KHL: “In one way, it helped me, because I kind of regrouped myself mentally. It was a change. I probably needed a change. I played less games there. I played different league. When I came back, mentally I was probably more excited about the NHL." [Yahoo]

• The hits just keep on coming for the Vancouver Canucks. Ryan Kesler will join the injured list as he will miss "at least a couple weeks," according to John Tortorella, with a sprained knee. [CP]

• Another day, another injury for the Pittsburgh Penguins. This time, forward James Neal will be out of the lineup indefinitely after being diagnosed with a concussion. [Tribune-Review]

• With Sportsnet ruling the Canadian hockey landscape beginning next season, where does that leave the legendary Bob Cole? [National Post]

• Darren Dreger: not the biggest fan of Nail Yakupov. [Edmonton Journal]

• Breaking down the NHL's bubble playoff teams and debating whether or not they make it in. [Grantland]

• The Saskatoon Health Region released a statement saying that doctors are trying to slowly wake junior player Tim Bozon from a medically induced coma as he remains in critical condition with meningitis. [CP via Yahoo]

• Bourne on the pressure of being "The Next One," featuring Connor McDavid. [The Score]

• Which NHL teams have the best website? Which have the worst? [On the Forecheck]

• Ranking 10 improbable outcomes of Washington Capitals games this season, thanks to Extra Skaters great new Win Expectency charts. [Japers' Rink]

• Taking a look at which teams have the best shot for the top spot in the NHL's Draft Lottery. [Flames Nation]

• Previewing this season's "Dancing With the Stars," featuring Sean Avery. [The Royal Half]

• Here's some pretty good dangling by Sarnia Sting forward Nikolay Goldobin. [Buzzing the Net]

• After suffering a heel injury last season, Joni Pitkanen is still rehabbing with the hope of making a comeback. [Canes]

• It will be USA vs. Russia in the Paralympic gold medal game on Saturday. [USA Hockey]

• If you're in the Baltimore area, check out "Hockey for Heroes" this weekend, a 24-hour event with games featuring all levels, from mites to Naval Academy alumni. [Baltimore Sun]

• It's an all-New Jersey pop culture bracket and Doc Emrick is currently facing off against Dick Vitale. [NJ.com]

• Finally, via the Norwegian League, all this clip is missing is the rodeo clowns:

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