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Nap-gate rages on in Philadelphia; Harding back with Wild; Habs re-sign Budaj (Puck Headlines)

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Zack Kassian and Rob Klinkhammer in Swan Lake. Get that left arm into third position, Kassian. [PITB]

• Bryzgalov's napgate is far from over: the bottom of this post features video of him dozing off on the bench versus the Jets, and here's what an anonymous player told Frank Severalli. “Whether he was actually sleeping or not, no one knows for sure. It seemed like he may have been doing it to get a rise out of other players. I’m not really sure why he did it, or if he was faking it. Either way, it seemed to catch and lot of people by surprise and angered a few people.” [Philly]

Ilya Bryzgalov on the buyout option: “To be honest, I don’t care. Really, I don’t care. I have no control on this, so why should I care?” He's got a point, which is why this quote is here and not in its own post. [Courier Post]

• Allan Muir on Bryzgalov's buyout comments, which he believes weren't reportedly all that fairly. [SI]

Josh Harding is back practicing with the Minnesota Wild after missing much of the season due to complications with his multiple sclerosis medication. [Star-Tribune]

• The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed Peter Budaj to a two-year extension worth $2.8 million. [Canadiens]

• John Davidson cites culture change as a reason why the Blue Jackets' situation down the stretch is good no matter what. It's not often they're in meaningful games at the end of the season. "If we had kept going and gotten into a situation where there was no pressure on our team for the last six weeks of the season, that's lost time. Wherever this goes we're going to — for sure — have gotten something out of it, and that's just the fact that it's a very good culture, it's a very good locker room and it's a team that's developed because of playing pressure games down the stretch." [CBC]

• Karl Alzner was on Marek vs. Wyshynski. Go listen. [MvsW]

• Elliotte Friedman on the NHL in the Olympics: "Insurance is an even bigger issue. A friend of mine, who works in the industry and has done some business in sports, said Saturday that the explosion of long-term NHL contracts in the past few years will make this, by far, the most expensive tournament to protect." [CBC]

• Highlight-reel glove save by this cat.

• The St. Louis Blues appear to have found their game. [ESPN]

• Justin Schultz appears primed to make the all-rookie teams in both the AHL and NHL this season. Thanks, lockout! [PHT]

• Patrice Bergeron is on the road to recovery, according to Peter Chiarelli. [CSNNE]

• Ellen Etchingham on P.J. Stock and feelings. [Backhand Shelf]

• Paul Maurice's time behind the bench for Metallurg appears to be over. Family circumstances have been cited as the reason. [RSport]

• Mike Babcock isn't optimistic the Red Wings will make the playoffs. "I don't know if it's optimistic; I think it's realistic. Optimism, I think, is a totally different thing than a realistic approach of what we've got going on. I think we're a team that does a lot of good things. I'm a big believer that we're just going to get it done, but I think like that all the time." [NHL]

• On the underappreciated Roberto Luongo. [Hooked on Hockey]

• Finally, it will be difficult to put napgate to rest (see what I did there?) when there's footage of you dozing off on the bench:

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