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NHL teams losing money in lockout; Boudreau on Capitals’ playoff run (Puck Headlines)

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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.

Via Canucks Hockey Blog; not pictured: Precioussssss HRR. Counting down the minutes until we receive our first Fehr-as-Gandalf 'Shop.

• Does Mario Lemieux need to get more involved in the CBA talks? "No one in hockey — not even Wayne Gretzky — could command greater respect in this specific setting than what Lemieux could deliver by walking into one of those meetings. Not with his unique background as someone who made his fortune as a Hall of Fame player, who adds to it as an owner and who once did both at the same time." [Tribune Review]

• How much will the Philadelphia Flyers lose with November's games canceled? $14.16 million. [CSN Philly]

• How much will the Pittsburgh Penguins lose per game during November? $2.2 million. [Pensblog]

• David Stern vs. Gary Bettman. [Philly.com]

• Youth hockey coach gets 10-year ban for punching player in back of head. [Buzzing The Net]

• The Boston Bruins' Claude Julien will coach the Winthrop Squirt B youth hockey team after the team won a raffle for his services. Congrats, parents who've always wanted their children to play really, really annoying hockey with occasional outbursts of violence. [Bruins Blog]

• Interesting breakdown on Buffalo Sabres goalie and Milan Lucic tackling sled Ryan Miller: "I feel confident in saying that Miller is a top ten goalie and still one of the best in the game." [Dobber Hockey]

• Did Bruce Boudreau want the Washington Capitals to succeed in the playoffs? "I think human nature dictates that I didn't want them to win. I think that's just human nature. I was hoping for some players to have success and players I really like to do well and they did, but quite frankly nobody ever admits it -- and maybe I just did -- but I wasn't exactly pulling for them because it would have validated me losing my job." [NHL.com]

• Bourne on "unrequited" rivalries. The Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs are a tricky one; more unbalanced at the moment than unrequited. [Backhand Shelf]

• The New York Rangers alumni are putting on a series of street hockey clinics, featuring players like Adam Graves that will instruct young athletes on the proper ways to break their friend Mario's wrists. [NYR]

• Adam Proteau on what Mike Ribeiro might be for the Washington Capitals this season: "With the departure of Alex Semin and new head coach Adam Oates, the Caps will give Ribeiro every opportunity to turn around his offensive numbers and he'll very likely get time with Ovechkin (another player under pressure to produce more). But if Ribeiro wasn't in the last year of his contract, I doubt Washington GM George McPhee would have made the deal. Ribeiro has a limited window in which to impress; if he can't, his next contract will be for a much smaller amount of money." [THN]

• Previewing the ECAC hockey season; Ted Donato sighting! [CHN]

• Junior hockey line brawl! [Buzzing The Net]

• Finally, this is a cool video (in Russian) via Cotsonika about that Jon Mirasty vs. Trevor Gillies fight this week:

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