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Paulina Gretzky’s sexy Halloween; no Winter Classic, no NHL season? (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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Paulina Gretzky

• Thank the gods someone is monitoring the Paulina Gretzky sexy Halloween outfit beat during the NHL work stoppage. From Busted Coverage and The Big Lead, one of a few costumes The Greatest One has tweeted.

• Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White on Gary Bettman and the potential cancellation of the Wings/Toronto Maple Leafs Winter Classic: "If he's willing to cancel that, I don't know why he'd want to play a season after that, because that's the highlight of the year," White said. "So if he's willing to throw away that game, then the balance of the season, I would think, is definitely on the line. So it's terrible if that's what's going through his mind." [Windsor Star]

• David Shoalts on the Classic: "The players are hurt in the sense that they are supposed to get 50 per cent or whatever share of NHL revenue they will if a new collective agreement is ever negotiated by these people. But the cancellation has a minimal direct impact on each of the NHL's 720 or so players. They will still get paid if they ever drop the puck again." [Globe and Mail]

Alex Ovechkin, the most popular man in Russia. [Y! Sports]

• Please recall that wild hockey scene from England we brought you Monday, in which a fan and a player went at it following postgame handshakes. The player in the incident, Benn Olson, has had his match penalty overturned. [Coventry Telegraph]

• What kind of super mega trade could the Edmonton Oilers unleash after the lockout ends? (Otherwise known as: Name your veteran NHL defenseman on the block and/or the Canucks aren't stupid enough to trade Luongo to Edmonton, are they?) [Oilers Nation]

• Taylor Hall is finally ready to join the Oklahoma City Barons, who could use him in their quest for the Calder Cup. [Edmonton Journal]

• So what is Jake Gardiner working on with the Toronto Marlies? [TSN]

• Marcus Johansson of the Washington Capitals takes his talents to BIK Karlskoga. [Japers' Rink]

• The Montreal Canadiens players' labor fight with the NHL will head into December in Quebec.  [Herald]

• Good stuff here from Neate Sager: "CHLPA contends signed NHL draft picks should be barred from major junior." [Buzzing The Net]

• On Ryan Suter's backtracking: "Suter admitted he was frustrated but didn't question Leipold's faithfulness, citing he did not want to get into a battle with the owner of his new club; a place where he will likely spend many of his next years playing hockey, should they ever return." [Gone Puck Wild]

• Ryane Clowe is practicing with the new ECHL San Francisco Bulls and may suit up with the team during the lockout, despite them being a San Jose Sharks affiliate. And by "suit up" we of course mean "trip opponents from the bench." [@PollakOnSharks]

• "Reebok is linking up with MC10, a Massachusetts-based technology company, to create a skullcap with sensors to identify head trauma. The mesh cap—thin enough to be worn under an athlete's helmet during a game—will help trainers diagnose the severity of a player's sustained head injury." [Stack]

• Where have Canadian hockey fans turned on TV without hockey? U.S. stations and "The Big Bang Theory," of course. Sheldon > Bettman. [CNW]

• Eddie Lack's pads are pretty amazing with the Chicago Wolves. [Pass It To Bulis]

• Finally, check out the Forsbergian move by Sasha Barkov vs. Tuomas Tarkki in SM-liiga. Barkov, who has drawn comparisons to Pavel Datsyuk, is expected to be a top prospect in the 2013 NHL draft, should there be one.

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