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Puck Headlines: Concussions for Weber, Gagne; KHL goons, own-goal

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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• Congrats to Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle on their pending nuptials. (Not Pictured: Melissa McCarthy running frantically down the stairs in a Mrs. Nugent-Hopkins shirt).

• No suspension for Dale Weise for his hit on Alex Plante of the Edmonton Oilers Monday night. [Province]

• From the Dept. of Thank God For Common Sense, Marty St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning will wear a visor, going forward: "I've been told all the time to wear a visor, and until something bad happens, it really wakes you up," St. Louis said. "Sometimes you're a prisoner of your own habits, and I've never wore one so it became my worst enemy in that regard, almost convincing yourself that you can't wear one. When something bad happens, it just kind of activates the process of putting one on." [Lightning Strikes]

• Simon Gagne? Out with a concussion. [Dillman]

• Shea Weber? Out with a concussion, with the hope he could be back this Friday. [CP]

• John-Michael Liles? Out with "concussion-like symptoms," per Ron Wilson, who doesn't want to "over-diagnose somebody." [Toronto Star]

• Milan Michalek? BACK from a concussion! Woo-hoo! Take that, concussions! [Citizen]

• Despite forecasts that have called for rain, with chances between 40-60 percent, NHL Senior Vice President of Events Don Renzulli said the forecast they have "is calling for a clear day and temperatures in the mid-40s." []

• How about Tim Gleason as the replacement for Chris Pronger with the Philadelphia Flyers? [Frequent Flyers]

• After nine whole days off the air, Mike Milbury returns to VERSUS this evening. Here's a preview of his conversation with Liam McHugh about confronting young players after youth hockey games. [Puck The Media]

• Mike Green of the Washington Capitals on his injured groin: "I think I'm going to have to be cognizant of this through the rest of my career, probably." [CSN Washington]

• We're in the final stages of NHL fan balloting for the All-Star Game and here are the races: "Toronto's Phil Kessel, Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby are the three leaders among forwards, but Ottawa's Jason Spezza is less than 5,000 votes behind Crosby, who has been sidelined due to a concussion.  On defense, Ottawa's Erik Karlsson and Toronto's Dion Phaneuf are far and away ahead of all other blueliners. Karlsson is second overall in votes, about 26,000 behind Kessel's 565,984 votes. The battle at the goaltending position should go down to the wire. It's still Toronto's James Reimer leading the way, but Boston's Tim Thomas has trimmed the lead to about 5,000 votes." [NHL]

• More Vityaz whimsy from the KHL, as Jon Mirasty and Nick Tarnasky take turns jumping guys and throwing punches at unsuspecting opponents.

• Lambert on Brian Burke's concussion protocol. [Backhand Shelf]

• Via Russo, John Madden could be back in the NHL with the Florida Panthers soon. BOOM. [Russo]

• After it appears that Cody McLeod will not be suspended for his hit on Jared Spurgeon of the Minnesota Wild Monday night, First Round Bust wonders what, exactly, does an opponent have to do to a member of the Wild to earn one? [First Round Bust]

• How Spurgeon's loss will affect the Wild's power play. [Pioneer Press]

• The Royal Half's review of last night's Los Angeles Kings win made us giggle. [Royal Half]

• Great thought by Razor: "Who benefits most from the Dept. of Player Safety suspensions? I'd say retired players, that's who. Money forfeited due to suspension goes into something called The Retired Players Emergency Fund. At the current rate the Fund should be able to take care of its own AND make a push for the Coyotes by seasons end...or bail out the EU." [Razor]

• Behold the frightening glory of the Canadian rally face. [Buzzing The Net]

• RIP Johnny Wilson. [AP]

• Finally, maybe scoring into your own empty net is just a Russian thing. From the KHL comes this highlight, as Danis Zaripov scores into his own goal. Regrettably, Cam Ward wasn't there to pick up his second of the season.

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