Murray close with Sabres; dealing Letang; Blackhawks meet cute puppies (Puck Headlines)

Sean Leahy
January 8, 2014

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.

• One of the best in the biz, that Bailey. [@LAKings]

• It's looking like Tim Murray will be the next GM of the Buffalo Sabres. [@TSNBobMcKenzie]

• On the revolving door that has become the Ottawa Senators' executive office. [6th Sens]

• Nick Cotsonika on the impossible job of Steve Yzerman, Team Canada general manager. [Yahoo]

• We're not even in Sochi and already some are wondering whether or not the NHL will send its players to Pyeongchang in 2018. [Wall St. Journal]

• The golden generation of Czech hockey will come to an end when Jaromir Jagr retires. [NY Times]

• What if Olympic teams could make trades? How does Evander Kane and Jeff Skinner from Canada for Marian Hossa of Slovakia sound? [Grantland]

• There were 149 AHL graduates named to Olympic squads on Tuesday. [AHL]

• Dave Lozo on if the Penguins should consider dealing Kris Letang. [Bleacher Report]

• In preparing for the second half of your fantasy hockey season, dive deep into the numbers. [Dobber Hockey]

• Capitals goalie coach Olie Kolzig may have broken Braden Holtby, which is like the first rule you shouldn't break when becoming a goalie coach. [Japers' Rink]

• How the advanced stats tell the story of the participating Olympic hockey nations. [Five for Howling]

• The Maple Leafs goaltending controversy between James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier was reignited Tuesday night. [Last Word on Sports]

• Wanna see some Blackhawks and cute dogs? Today's your lucky day. [Blackhawks]

• Matt Dumba's time with the Wild this season has come to an end after he was sent back to the Portland Winterhawks. [Buzzing the Net]

• Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson has the right idea on outdoor games: "Outdoor hockey is where the game started and where it was played, but there's way too much of it going on right now. They're ruining it. There's too much." [BC Interruption]

• The West Fargo Hockey Association is raffling off 300 guns to raise money for their hockey programs. You might remember last year's controversy. [Valley News Live]

• A former Russian war veteran who started up a sledge hockey program has helped the country qualify for the Paralympic Games for the first time. [RT]

• "Clauset shows that when it comes to scoring dynamics, football, hockey, and basketball are essentially the same game. In all of these sports, he writes, there’s a 'strong focus on short-term maximization of scoring opportunities' and 'no evidence of strategic planning across plays, as in games like chess or Go. Teams largely react to events as they occur.' Despite all of the time and money spent on developing strategies, perhaps our favorite games are a lot simpler than they appear.' [Slate]

• Finally, here's John Tavares calling his parents to let them know he made Team Canada: