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Ovechkin on tucking; hockey’s growth in America; NHL’s best goalie? (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney
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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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• Feast your eyes on the winner of a 3D Painting Festival dedicated to the 2014 World Hockey Championships. [IIHF]

Alex Ovechkin is upset about the NHL rule change that won't allow him to tuck in his jersey. “I’m the guy who love that kind of stuff. I’m kind of upset about it, but most important thing, nobody talk to us, the players. They think it can be dangerous for somebody. I think it’s kind of stupid.” [Washington Post]

• More Ovechkin, on Dale Hunter, although he's not named: "My last coach before Adam [Oates], I don't have that kind of support, I don't have that kind of trust. Sometimes, when you don't have it, you just don't want to play hockey. You just want to sit and that's it." [CBC]

• A look at how hockey has grown in the United States over the last 10 years. [United States of Hockey]

• Who's the best goalie in the NHL? [ESPN]

• Tom Gilbert heads to the Panthers on a tryout. [Darren Dreger]

• Now an NHL and KHL agent, Igor Larionov prefers that his clients pick the NHL. [Sports Agent Blog]

• Amazing story here of a men's league player who had an artery in his neck severed by a skate, only to be saved when it was discovered one of the other players on the ice was a doctor. [Kare 11]

• Dallas Eakins cleans up the Oilers' locker room. Or disrespects it, if you're a Toronto hockey fan. [Edmonton Sun]

Daniel Sedin would like to score more. Cool. Good to hear. [Vancouver Sun]

• Pekka Rinne is positive he'll be 100% for opening night. [Sunbelt Hockey]

• How the Ottawa Senators picked their captain: So... Spezza, right? [Senators Extra]

• OHLer Tyson Teichmann wants to keep his Sons of Anarchy-themed helmet, but his new team, the Kitchener Rangers, would prefer he wear a mask that doesn't rep a biker gang, even a fictional one. [Buzzing the Net]

• Prospect storylines to watch, from a fantasy perspective, as training camps open. [Dobber Hockey]

• And here are some one category fantasy studs, if you're into that sort of thing. [NHL]

• Barry Trotz on what he hopes to see from his team on their three-game exhibition tour through Tampa Bay and Miami: “I want to see a very tight-knit team when we come back from Florida. And three wins.” [The Tennessean]

• Detroit begins the preseason part of training camp and forecasts their future. [Traverse City Record-Eagle]

• Jeff Halpern goes to Finland. [PHT]

• The Penner, Perry, Getzlaf line is going to get a lot of the focus in Edmonton, but Bruce Boudreau seems high on the trio of Emerson Etem, Andrew Cogliano and Saku Koivu as well. [LA Times]

• The New Jersey Devils are hoping Jaromir Jagr can cover the loss of Ilya Kovalchuk on the powerplay. But he probably won't. [Fire & Ice]

• Who will win the backup job in San Jose? It's the question everybody is asking. [San Jose Mercury News]

• Slick glove save here by KHL goalie Jacob Kovarzha.

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