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Michigan loses out on millions without Classic; CHLPA mysteries continue (Puck Headlines)

Greg Wyshynski
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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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Icethetics

• One of the many Winter Classic concepts from Icethetics this year. Moth-ball'em until 2014. [Icethetics]

• The financial impact on the Michigan economy after the NHL canceled the Winter Classic this season? It'll lose out on $15 million. [AnnArbor.com]

• Who loses when the Winter Classic is canceled? Fans and workers in Detroit, that's who. [Detroit News]

• Jesse Spector on the Winter Classic's cancellation: "The take from this year's Winter Classic will be zero, though you can count on the NHL and NHLPA to argue over whether that's zero dollars or zero cents. Zero sense is more like it. This is a sport that did booming business under the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression, and now moves one step closer to the brink of ignominious history as the first major professional sports league in North America to lose a full season to labor strife—twice." [Sporting News]

• Ellen Etchingham presents a ranking of NHL team nicknames as it relates to scariness. And there's something very scary about an Avalanche. [Backhand Shelf]

• Great stuff from Shane Doan, who is certainly leading an uncertain life these days: "We've had zero ability to build off what we've done on the ice the last three years because every summer it's the same: 'Are we leaving? Are we staying?'" said Doan. "And this time we make it to the conference finals and we generate real excitement and then we get the lockout and we're talking about staying or leaving again." [ESPN]

• Rob and JP ask: What do Washington Capitals fans think about owner Ted Leonsis being listed among the "hardliners" in the NHL ownership for the lockout? [Japers' Rink]

• Hey: If you get a chance, vote for Marek Vs. Wyshynski in the podcasting awards. Thanks for the support. [Podcast Awards]

• More Alex Ovechkin fan-da-monium from Russia. [Alex Ovetjkin]

• The return of Karl Alzner facial hair makes Movember worth all the hype. [WaPo]

• BizNasty's adventures in Cardiff could be lockout pain-soothing. [HockeyFights]

• Here is Sunaya Sarpurji's piece on the madness that is the CHLPA mystery. [Y! Sports]

• The Toronto Star, meanwhile, gets to the bottom of the "who is Derek Clarke?" mystery that's been at the heart of this PR disaster. [Star]

• Georges Laraque and the "mystery spokesman" for the group have both stepped down. [QMI]

• Some happy thoughts about next season from Allan Muir: "Minnesota Wild prospect Mikael Granlund, arguably the best player not in the NHL last season, was named AHL Rookie of the Month for October. The smallish center had 10 points in seven games, highlighted by a four-point night against the Texas Stars, and was a plus-5 for the Houston Aeros. The Wild have the 2010 first-rounder penciled into their second line when -- okay, if -- NHL play resumes." [SI]

• Finally, here's a tribute to the 2013 Winter Classic that never was … in Minecraft.

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