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Puck Headlines: Bettman gets a raise; Kris Draper retiring?

Sean Leahy
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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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• Russian Machine Never Breaks finds this photo of Alex Ovechkin during a Russian Premier League soccer match over the weekend. He was honored at halftime and presented with a cape and wool hat, not to be mistaken for Rick James' jheri curl. (Photo via FC Anzhi Makhachkala) [RMNB]

• Commissioner Gary Bettman received a 4-percent raise during the 2010-11 NHL season. His compensation was $7.5 million including benefits last season. Bill Daly is No. 2 at just over $2 million and Colin Campbell is third coming in at $1.496 million last season. [Sports Business Daily]

• Good eye by George Malik catching a photo on the Detroit Red Wings website with a caption stating Kris Draper will retire tomorrow. Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos Tweeted out his congratulations. Now we wait on the Red Wings to confirm. [The Malik Report]

UPDATE: The Red Wings have officially announced a press conference tomorrow at 11 a.m. EST with Draper and GM Ken Holland. Goodbye Grind Line.

• True North Sports and Entertainment announced that they will be donating $1 million to military charities over the next 10 years after releasing their Royal Canadian Air Force-inspired logos on Friday. [CBC]

• A fake Winnipeg Jets jersey was circulating over the weekend and according to Jets PR, it's not even close, which is a good thing when you see the image. [Winnipeg Free Press]

• Travis on the notion that Jeff Carter/Mike Richards were booted out of Philly strictly because of the partying rumors. [Broadstreet Hockey]

• BD on next Monday's important county-wide vote on whether or not the New York Islanders will get an updated arena. [Hockey Independent]

• Despite the high-profile acquisitions this off-season, Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson wasn't quite sitting on his hands before this summer. [Jackets Cannon]

• Steve Eminger has re-signed with the New York Rangers on a 1-year, $800,000 contract. [Larry Brooks]

Dallas Stars first round pick Jamie Oleksiak has left Northeastern University and signed to play with the Sagniaw Spirit of the OHL. [Saginaw Spirit]

• Neate Sager on Oleksiak's move to Saginaw. [Buzzing the Net]

• From late Friday, Mike Heika reports that Stu Barnes isn't expected back behind the Dallas Stars' bench next season, instead he'll work in practice and not travel with the team as much. [DMN]

• Dr. Mark Recchi has decided to pass on a future in medicine and would like to take on a role with an NHL team working with players like Bill Guerin and Tom Fitzgerald have in Pittsburgh. [Boston Globe]

• Has your team benefited in the penalties-called department or suffered since the lockout? [ProHockeyTalk]

• Former NHLer Scott Thornton has gone from hockey player to Ironman. [The Hockey News]

• What are the reasonable expectations for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Edmonton next season? [Lowetide]

• Good read on why we're not as really rational as we think at times. [The Leafs Nation]

• Pretty cool family tree of how the current San Jose Sharks roster came about. [Fear the Fin]

• Aaron Boogaard appeared in court today and was charged with "third-degree sale of a controlled substance, a felony, and interference with a death, a gross misdemeanor." No plea was entered and he is expected back in court on Aug. 17. [Star Tribune]

• Finally, remember the guys dressed in "Hello Piggy" pink overalls who met Tomas Kaberle during his day with the Stanley Cup last week? Reader Radek C. sent us video of their band, Maxim Turbulenc, in action and describes them as "the most bizzare [sic] Czech band ... you've been warned":

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