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Malkin on Kovalchuk; Hockey Night’s rights; baby boom due to lockout? (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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• Here is Evgeni Malkin after being named to the Samsung GALAXY Team for the upcoming Sochi Olympic Games. Sadly, that's not an oversized check reflecting his new deal with the Penguins.

• Malkin on the "threat" of Russians bolting to the KHL following Ilya Kovalchuk: “Why would I look for something else? I have everything.” [Ria Novosti]

• Time is running out for CBC to lock up the rights to Hockey Night in Canada during their exclusive negotiation period. [Globe and Mail]

• St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong after re-signing Jay Bouwmeester: "We're entering a new phase in our organization with this current group. Now we're a place we're good players want to be." [Post-Dispatch]

• A report out of Portland says that Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen was ready to spend $200 million on the Phoenix Coyotes and relocate them to the northwest. [Portland Tribune]

• According to Aaron Ward, long-time NHL defenseman Toni Lydman is close to announcing his retirement. [TSN]

• Kyle Clifford has agreed to a two-year extension with the LA Kings. [Mayor's Manor]

• Kyle Turris on Daniel Alfredsson's return to Ottawa as a member of the Detroit Red Wings: “I think he should be extremely respected coming back (to Ottawa), and hopefully the fans appreciate everything he’s done and don’t judge him for this one decision." [Ottawa Citizen]

• Oliver Ekman-Larsson has his own underwear line. Sexiness ensues. [The Score]

• Looking at five of the NHL's best contracts. [Panther Parkway]

• Another buy out period is coming. Why the Leafs shouldn't pay John-Michael Liles a bunch of cash to not play for them. [The Leafs Nation]

• A hospital in Hamilton is seeing a baby boom, so naturally, if we dial it back nine months, we were in the midst of the lockout and well, people needed stuff to do! [Hamilton Spectator]

NHL 14 will see an improvement in the game's online modes. [Operation Sports]

• Why Zach Bogosian's contract will have no affect on the Alex Pietrangelo negotiations -- mostly because Petro is awesome. [St. Louis Gametime]

• Finally, via The Nosebleeds, here's Patrick Sharp, dressed a room service waiter, surprising some fans, including possibly Ric Flair or Phil Leotardo:

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