Puck Headlines: Clowe, Byfuglien return; Gaustad on Sabres/Habs trash talk

Greg Wyshynski
February 2, 2012

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.

• Via Dmitry, a Scott Gomez History Will Be Made. We're getting closer to the anniversary …

• Ryane Clowe returns for the San Jose Sharks after missing six games with a facial fracture … with a visor? "It was weird, really weird. Today was the first time I wore a visor in awhile. It was a little better than a cage." [CSN Bay Area]

• How Alex Burrows' goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of last postseason changed everything for the Vancouver Canucks. [White Cover Mag]

• Cam Cole on the Canucks Cory Conundrum, regarding whether to deal Cory Schneider: "Whatever the reason given, the Schneider-Luongo conundrum is becoming a recurring theme, intriguing even to the many-headed national TV panels, and is sure to remain so in the 25 days before the trade deadline." [Vancouver Sun]

• Dustin Byfuglien makes his return for the Winnipeg Jets tonight in Tampa. [Free Press]

• Paul Gaustad on his trash talking: "It's something where Pacioretty said something to me, I said something back along the same lines and the guy that brought it up in the media wasn't even involved with it so for Darche to bring it up in the media in my opinion stuff on the ice, stays on the ice. I don't want to blow it out of proportion, you have to have thick skin to be in the NHL and I'm fine with it so just move on. It happens in the NHL, trash talking every game so it's no surprise, but that stuff should stay on the ice." [WGR]

• Concussed Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton has yet to resume physical activity. [Bruins Blog]

• Joel Rechlicz would like to have a word with Rene Bourque with the Washington Capitals face the Montreal Canadiens. "Guys aren't going to be doing anything stupid out there and if they do, I'll get out there and I'll answer the bell." (Didn't Matt Hendricks already try to take care of this?) [Capitals Insider]

• Man, this just sucks about Gordie Howe. [Malik Report]

• Kerry Fraser answers some conspiracy theories from Senators fans about ref bias, writing: "I have had games where one team received all the penalties and their opponents none. Referees do not act as accountants to balance the books. It is not their job to make sure each team receives an equal number of penalties by the end of the game." Sure thing, and that's why there are never make-up calls. Expect Kerry Fraser totally said there are make-up calls earlier this season. Why, it's almost like a former NHL referee isn't being consistent! [TSN]

• Will the Tampa Bay Lightning be buyers or sellers at the deadline? [Raw Charge]

• Wojtek Wolski and Jeff Woywitka have been sent to the AHL's Connecticut Whale for a two-week conditioning stint. [ESPN NY]

• Zach Parise on realignment getting spiked: "I didn't like the change in the playoff format, so it's not bad for us." [NY Times]

• Corey Crawford's new mask for the Chicago Blackhawks is … a little busy, actually. [InGoal]

• Tyler Bozak on why he's not worried about the Toronto Maple Leafs' top line's production (or lack thereof): "We could have had four or five goals and we had one called back. It's nothing to worry about, we're still getting our chances, they're just not going in right now. It's only a matter of time." [QMI]

• Vancouver Canucks center Cody Hodgson, who led all rookies in scoring with 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 11 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for January. [Canucks]

• Quisp with a comprehensive post on the clock malfunction. [Jewels From The Crown]

• There's a secret Canadian conspiracy afoot. [BoC]

• Impressive: The Calgary Flames raised $550,000 with their annual poker tournament. Just as impressive: Alex Tanguay finished fourth in said tournament. [Flames]

• Finally, we are uncomfortably close to Henrik Lundqvist and Pierre McGuire in this interview.