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Puck Headlines: Afinogenov heads to KHL; NHL rule experiments

Sean Leahy
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Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news andviews collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

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Maxim Afinogenov(notes) we hardly knew ye! The former Buffalo Sabre and Atlanta Thrasher signed a five-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL on Friday. [TSN]

• The NHL announced the various rule changes and modifications it plans on experimenting with at the upcoming Research, Development and Orientation Camp later this month in Toronto. Some of the ideas include no line changes for team's that commit offsides, wider blue lines, a second referee off the playing surface, bigger crease, and no icing the puck while shorthanded. Which do you like? [Kukla's Korner]

• Mirtle surveys GMs Rick Dudley and Darcy Regier, along with agent Ian Pulver on the arbitration process: [Globe& Mail]

• Down Goes Brown looks at some of the NHL offseason winners and losers: "Ottawa Senators -- Announced the hiring of 51-year old Rick Wamsley as goaltending coach, immediately making him the best goalie in franchise history." [DGB]

UPDATE: The Minnesota Wild have signed forward John Madden(notes). [Minnesota Wild]

• It looks like Penn State University is edging closer to adding a hockey arena with a men and women's Division I program. [Altoona Mirror]

• The top-10 Philadelphia Flyers names of all-time? Personally, we've been big Ilkka Sinisalo fans. [Flyers Goal Scored By]

• An "Always Sunny in Philadelphia" take on conversations between several NHL GMs. [Battle of Cali]

• If you're the Anaheim Ducks, do you think about bringing back Paul Kariya(notes)? [OC Register]

• Former U.S. Under-18 head coach Kurt Kleinendorst was named head coach of the Binghamton Senators. Kleinendorst led the U.S. U-18's to a gold medal last year at the U-18 World Championships in Belarus. [Binghamton Senators]

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• Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom(notes) has chosen the winning entry of the team's mask design contest. Fifteen-year-old Peter Best will get a trip to the studios of mask designer Todd Minska and then present the final product to Backstrom during training camp. [Wild]

• Taking a look at workhorse goalies post-lockout and their success, or lack thereof, come playoff time. [Mile HighHockey]

• New New York Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski(notes) on moving to the Eastern Conference and his goals for the upcoming season. [IslesBlogger]

• Finally, via DayWalk3r, TSN listed its top-10 most-skilled players of all time. Here's Part 1. Part 2 can be found here:

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