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Kreider cleared for Rangers; ex-NHLers face assault charges; Stadium Series in Minnesota? (Puck Headlines)

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• Yeah, but how's your backhand, kid?

• Chris Kreider was medically cleared and returned to practice this morning with the New York Rangers. Head coach Alain Vigneault would only say he was “day-to-day” and didn’t indicate if he would play in Game 4 tonight. [The Record]

• Paul Martin has come a long way after a disastrous start to his tenure in Pittsburgh. [Tribune-Review]

• Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma was involved on both sides of the Anaheim Ducks/Los Angeles Kings rivalry and felt the hate. [Empty Netters]

• Ron Hextall said all the right things in his opening press conference as the new general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers. [Broad Street Hockey]

• P.K. Subban is stepping up his game big-time for the Montreal Canadiens. [Yahoo]

• The San Jose Sharks, Nashville Predators, Subban and more are featured in this week’s "30 Thoughts" column by Elliotte Friedman. [CBC]

• Taking a look at how the Sharks have handled head coach and general manager changes in the past, going all the way back to Jack Ferreira and George Kingston. [SF Gate]

• Former NHLer Thomas Steen is taking a leave from Winnipeg city council as he faces an assault charge related to a dispute in a Boston Pizza last week. [Winnipeg Free Press]

• Staying on the former NHLer police blotter, Dallas Stars assistant coach James Patrick has been accused of assaulting his girlfriend during a dispute. Stars GM Jim Nill released the following statement: “We’re aware of the incident and have spoken to James regarding the matter. We’re confident that the authorities will find an appropriate resolution to the situation. We will have no further comment at this time.” [Dallas Morning News]

• The Stadium Series could be headed to Target Field in Minnesota next season. [Star Tribune]

• Here’s why the Dallas Stars would be the perfect opponent for the Wild in an outdoor game. [Hockey Wilderness]

• It’s looking like no surgery will be needed for Pavel Datsyuk’s injured knee. [Detroit News]

• The Kingston Frontenacs will be bringing back Doug Gilmour as general manager after the team blew a 3-0 series lead in the first round. [Buzzing the Net]

• The sons of a number of current and former NHLers like Teemu Selanne, Brian Bellows, Tony Amonte, Adam Foote and Craig MacTavish were selected in Tuesday’s USHL draft. [NHL.com]

• Patrick Lalime and Jose Theodore talk about the transition from playing in goal to talking on television. [In Goal Mag]

• Rocco Grimaldi inks his entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers. [Panthers]

• As the Carolina Hurricanes look for their next head coach, would Barry Trotz be a good fit? [Canes Country]

• Nashville Predators general manager David Poile has a message for Colin Wilson: “You’re going to be 25 years of age, it’s time to live up to the expectations.” [Section 303]

• What’s the fantasy hockey spin on Peter Laviolette’s hiring in Nashville? [Dobber Hockey]

• Larry Kwong, a Chinese-Canadian player who many believe was the first person of color to reach the NHL, will have his 1942-43 Nanaimo Clippers hang in the Hockey Hall of Fame. [Color of Hockey]

• Finally, via Kukla, here’s Tomas Holmstrom shooting pucks at a piece of meat to sell cell phones in Sweden, or something:

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