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.
• Solid look at Rod Brind'Amour as he works back from a serious knee injury for the Carolina Hurricanes and battles Father Time. "Your grace period is zero when you get to be older. All of a sudden, they start looking at you that you're older rather than being in a slump or whatever it is. I'm fully aware of what's going on, but I also feel as good as I ever have. That won't be an issue." [News & Observer]
• Scott Burnside has a fine magazine-style piece about Darren McCarty's day with the Stanley Cup. Second to last line: "Then, as if on cue, a piece of cauliflower sails through the air, glancing off Cheryl's leg." Who's not reading that story? [ESPN]
• Skip the next two if you're sick of the Sarah Palin news. First, Sen. John McCain meets high-school hockey baby daddy. [TNR]
• Next is a "Futurepedia" piece that ran on CBS Sportsline's humor site about the post-Palin future of hockey moms until 2032. We grinned a few times until the author repurposed a Polish joke so old that he needed to blow off the cobwebs. And then it finished about as well as Riley Cote in the shootout. [Sportsline]
• Owner Charles Wang's former business partner with the New York Islanders tried to drag him into some white collar crime mess, but Wang isn't expected to face any charges. The sheer number of times the name Kumar appears in this story has made us crave a slider something wicked. [FanHouse]
• Should the NHL go dark on the night Glenn Anderson is inducted into the Hall of Fame. Uh ... no. [The Two-Line Pass]
• Previewing the Pacific Division with coming attractions movie posters. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
• An enormous number of NHL stars take Manhattan for some press stuff, as Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Brodeur and Vincent Lecavalier hit the premiere of HBO's amusing sitcom "Entourage." And yet no Sean Avery sighting, so he and Marty can hug it out ...
As you can see, King Henrik also met up with the lovely Carrie Milbank in a battle of the sexy. [NHL]
• The KB introduces their readers to new Vancouver Canuck Lawrence Nycholat. "Nycholat is known as a puck-moving defenceman who should see plenty of time if Kevin Bieksa, Alex Edler, Lukas Krajicek, Willie Mitchell, Mattias Ohlund, Sami Salo, Rob Davison, Nathan McIver or (more irony!) Nolan Baumgartner get hurt." [Orland Kurtenblog]