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Predators’ spelling gaffe; J.J. Watt, hockey fan; preseason games on NHL Network (Puck Headlines)

Sean Leahy
Puck Daddy

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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• The Nashville Predators sent out a letter to season ticket holders. The last line was "GO PERDS." And thus, a meme was born.

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is a beast on the football field and a big hockey fan off it. [MMQB]

• We're getting to that time where veterans get training camp invites. One of those vets is Brenden Morrow, who is talking to the Carolina Hurricanes. He would join Radek Dvorak, who was officially sent an invite. [News and Observer]

• Speaking of training camp invites, Mathieu Garon, who sat out last season, is getting one from the Los Angeles Kings. [Mayor's Manor]

• Goaltender Johan Hedberg is one of those veterans waiting for a call, but it may not come. In the meantime, he's talking with the New Jersey Devils about a gig within the organization. [NJ.com]

• David Steckel opens up about his issues with fertility, including, "Exploratory surgery for undescended testes as a child had left him with varicocele, an abnormal enlargement of veins that can lead to fertility issues in men." [WashPost]

• After suffering a seizure in July, LA Kings forward Jarret Stoll says he's 100 percent. [LA Kings Insider]

• After the Sochi Olympics, the KHL has plans to install an expansion team there. Heading up that franchise will be none other than the great Pavel Bure. [Ria Novosti]

• Live NHL hockey is almost here. The NHL Network will be picking up 22 preseason games beginning with Washington/Winnipeg on Sept. 14. [SB Nation]

• Handsome Patrick Sharp: all business when tossing a first pitch.

• Now with the Florida Panthers, Scott Gomez is adjusting to his new role as mentor. [Sun Sentinel]

• Come for the Jason Pominville contract extension talks, stay for Josh Harding's bright red pads. [Star Tribune]

• Olie Kolzig gets promoted to Washington Capitals head goaltending coach. [Capitals]

• Busy day in Caps land as 2013 top pick Andre Burakovsky inks his entry-level deal. [Washington Post]

• New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer on his goaltending plan this season: "Those things sort themselves out. Marty’s back. Marty’s our starting goaltender and we’ve got a fantastic 1A in Cory Schneider.” [Bergen Record]

• A big OHL trade sees one-time goalie Connor Crisp heading to Sudbury. [Buzzing the Net]

• Olli Jokinen believes he can play another five or six years in the NHL. [Winnipeg Free Press]

• The "Edmonton can't attract free agents" narrative is overrated and will change once the team starts to win. [Oilers Nation]

• Mike Keane has been hired by the Winnipeg Jets as "Player Development Assistant". [Ice Caps]

• What would a team of all undrafted NHL players look like? Not terrible. [NHL Numbers]

• Finally, here's Ilya Kovalchuk preparing for the KHL season. Or dancing. Or both:

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