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LaFontaine taking time on GM search; Frozen Four sites announced; Brassard’s ‘sore butt’ (Puck Headlines)

Sean Leahy
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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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• Via Nick Graff, here, in the wild, is the Reading Royals' ugly Christmas jersey which they'll wear on Saturday. So, so glorious.

• Pat LaFontaine won't name a new GM for the Sabres until after the new year. Added to his candidate list is LA Kings co-director of scouting Mike Futa. [Die By the Blade]

• Having already lost Marc Staal this week, the Rangers took another blow Tuesday night with the news that captain Ryan Callahan will miss the next 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprain. [ESPN New York]

• The next four Frozen Four host sites have been announced. Congrats, Boston (2015), Tampa (2016), Chicago (2017) and St. Paul (2018). [USCHO]

• Have no fear, Rangers fans, Derick Brassard is OK; he just has a "sore butt," according to Alain Vigneault. We've all been there. [@KatieStrangESPN]

• That Stephen Weiss signing is not off to a good start for the Red Wings. He'll miss some more time with his wonky groin. [MLive]

• Here's another goalie goal, this time from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. [Buzzing the Net]

• Wild defenseman Matt Dumba will be loaned to Team Canada for the upcoming World Junior Championships. [Wild]

• Dumba also saw his junior rights dealt from the Red Deer Rebels to the Portland Winterhawks. [First Round Bust]

• Potentially joining Dumba in Malmo is Filip Forsberg, who's been given permission by the Predators to play in the tournament. [Section 303]

• Jarome Iginla reflects on his return to Calgary Tuesday night. [Flames Nation]

• Lightning head coach on how his team could blow a 3-0 lead against the Capitals: "I wouldn’t say it’s a young thing; I would say it’s a dumb thing." [RMNB]

• Celebrating Jeff Skinner's joyous return to fantasy hockey relevance. [Dobber Hockey]

• Sportsnet commentator John Garrett cursed Roberto Luongo's shutout over the weekend by uttering the word. He was deeply ashamed, but it's actually a good thing. It wasn't a blown shutout. It was the return of the snack. [PiTB]

• An escalating salary cap? Doug Wilson must be jumping for joy. [Eye on Hockey]

• Sad to see the NHL Fans Association close up shop. [Raw Charge]

• Remembering the Bruins legend that was Rob DiMaio. [Days of Y'Orr]

• Finally, here's a Naval officer surprising his parents at a recent Charlotte Checkers game. These never get old:

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