Greg Wyshynski

Puck Headlines: Bieksa latest Canuck casualty; Kaberle update

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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• Can we please have the Philadelphia Flyers play in Florida more often? Because the well of "Always Sunny" references goes much deeper than Kitten Mittens.

• Good stuff on the Flyers here: "The Flyers players are on a mission to win a Stanley Cup and having unselfish players like a Ville Leino(notes) and strong leadership with Paul Holmgren gives them hope. Having a quality defense anchored by Chris Pronger(notes) won’t hurt their chances either." [True Hockey]

• According to CSNNE and Joe Haggerty, the Boston Bruins are believed to be packaging Blake Wheeler(notes) and a pick for Tomas Kaberle(notes), and sending Mark Stuart(notes) to the Chicago Blackhawks to clear cap space. [CSNNE]

• Brian Burke audio from NHL Live. Long-term plan, other teams in on Kaberle, yadda yadda. [XM]

• This is going to sound totally weird because it never ever happens, but it appears as though the Vancouver Canucks may have suffered a significant injury to their defense. [Vancouver Sun]

• "If there is a better top-six around the league than the group the Canucks have on IR/LTIR, I’d like to know. I mean, Hamhuis, Bieksa, Edler, Ballard, Alberts and Sweatt form a pretty formidable group. It’s an unfortunate turn of events for Bieksa, especially considering he’s worked hard to go from the fans’ doghouse to be, arguably, the team’s best overall defenseman this season." [Canucks Hockey Blog]

• The St. Louis Blues had four games in five days beginning on Friday, and may not have Jaroslav Halak(notes) for them. He's been placed on seven-day injured-reserve with an injury to his right hand, retroactive to Monday's game. [Post-Dispatch]

• Love, love, love the Bluenatics idea. [STL Game Time]

• Cotsonika on Steve Yzerman facing the Detroit Red Wings. Here's Stevie: "I don't think we should make any bigger deal than necessary about the game. I'm not the coach standing behind the bench, and obviously I'm not a player playing in the game." [Y! Sports]

• Nice piece by Pierre LeBrun on Ken Holland and Steve Yzerman facing each other as opposing GMs for the first time. Said Holland: "You think about the Detroit Red Wings, we've been around 90 years or so, I think of three players: Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman and Nick Lidstrom. We had other, great, great players, but I think those three are the head of the class. Steve has meant so much to our organization and to the city of Detroit, it's going to be strange [Thursday night], no question." [ESPN]

• Perhaps the first time Vince Lombardi has been evoked in the opening paragraph of a story about Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson. [THN]

Filip Kuba(notes) to the Rangers? [NY Post]

• The Pass It To Bulis vs. Tanner Glass(notes) Scrabble Battle is a go for Feb. 23. Can't wait. [PITB]

• Is the NHL not gearing up for the Heritage Classic the same way it did for the Winter Classic? Otherwise known as, "Why Does The NHL Store Hate Canada?" [Oil On Whyte]

• Kelly Chase reported on VERSUS that Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville had "a little bit of internal bleeding," a catalyst for his hospital visit. [Between The Circles]

• The Atlanta Thrashers have recalled forward Nigel Dawes(notes) from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League and placed forwards Freddy Modin (retroactive to Feb. 7) and Alex Burmistrov(notes) (retroactive to Feb. 11) on Injured Reserve, according to general manager Rick Dudley. [Thrashers]

• The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Derick Brassard on injured reserve, Blue Jackets executive vice president and general manager Scott Howson announced Feb. 17. Brassard was injured in the first period of Wednesday night's game vs. the Los Angeles Kings and is expected to be sidelined at least two to three weeks. [Jackets]

Cal Clutterbuck(notes) on the Minnesota Wild's recent lack of success: "If we stick to it here and stop the bleeding right at two games, we can get back on a roll." [Star Tribune]

• Could Martin Brodeur(notes) return for the New Jersey Devils juggernaut this weekend? [Fire & Ice]

• One more good link on the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders melee, from BD Gallof: "Mario...next time, stay away from the mic. Suck up the sucker punch, because it's the bed you help make. Your statement is more than hypocritical. It is facetious. It is duplicitous. It purposely ignores the travesty you pay so that the end justifies the means." [Hockey Independent]

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• Via Silver Seven, the Ottawa Senators have removed the image of Mike Fisher(notes) from the exterior from Scotiabank Place. [SS]

• The Ottawa Senators top secret player questionnaire! [Scarlett Ice]

• "Cross P.A. Parenteau(notes) off your trade deadline rental list, and move him over to the column of players who got a shot with the Isles and are part of next year's program." [Lighthouse Hockey]

• Why the enigma that is Nikolai Zherdev must be traded at the deadline. [Broad Street Hockey]

• From Panthers beat writer George Richards: "My take on Stephen Weiss(notes): He's not going anywhere...he produces, has a good contract, is a leader." [@OnFrozenPond]

• Looking at the NHL's band-aids, which apparently isn't like the band-aids in "Almost Famous." [Dirty Dangle]

• The answer is no: Michael Grabner(notes) was not tweeting naked. [Vancouver Sun]

• Finally, come watch your child become a giant shadow monster during youth hockey:

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