Puck Headlines: Coyotes' grand finale? Classic jersey leak?

Greg Wyshynski

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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• As you may know, today is Day Two of the two-day auction hearing that could decide whether the NHL or BlackBerry billionaire Jim Balsillie control the Phoenix Coyotes. Or, as the impossibly named Redfield T. Baum hinted at yesterday, there might be no winners at all. (Officially, rather than obviously.) On Twitter, check out Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, The Yotes Diva, Larry Halliday, Brahm Resnik, CBC's Jeff Marek and Canadian Press's Chris Johnston for really solid coverage. We'll obviously have more on this when a decision is made, and then continue our coverage for the next 12 years during the appeals process.

• The 10 issues to focus on in the Coyotes case. No. 11: The ever-increasing price of renting U-Hauls in the middle of the night and using GPS to drive to Ontario. [Biz of Hockey]

• Mike Chen chats with Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney about life in limbo. Is communication an issue? "Doing business in 2009 involves Blackberry's, the internet and email so regular communication is not an issue with any of our staff." Oh, OK, so ... wait, BLACKBERRYS?!? [Chen]

• Oh, and for the Twitter-savvy: Our good buddy Tapeleg is running a "mock auction" for the Coyotes all day. Look for the hashtag #yotesale and have a blast. As of this writing, "27.50 in cash (CDN) and a 30 pack of Molson" could be the leading bid. [Ryan Classic]

• Mike JefferDanton: Paroled. [TSN]

• Theo Fleury has been reinstated by the NHL, and although teams aren't lining up to invite a 41-year-old former construction worker/failed realty show star to their camps, the Calgary Flames might be the exception. Fleury sells tickets ... even in the AHL. [Calgary Sun]

Sidney Crosby(notes), as a youth clinic in Washington DC yesterday: "There's a lot of Capitals fans out there ... They said I was their second favorite." Did they specify "second favorite" what? [Washington Post]

• Really solid profile on Todd Richards, the new head coach of the Minnesota Wild. The lead image is worth a click. [Star Tribune]

• In what Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said was the correction of a minor injury, Joni Pitkanen(notes) will be sidelined two to four weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday. [News & Observer]

Nathan Perrott(notes), former enforcer for the Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars, is now a professional fighter. OK, a professional fighter that doesn't also have to skate. [Philly.com]

• Despite being in the doghouse last season and being offered for Dany Heatley(notes) this summer, Dustin Penner(notes) quite likes being an Edmonton Oilers player. Oh, and also, "it's tough to sell a house here." [Lowetide]

• Good take by Hockey News editor Jason Kay on the Paul Kelly firing by the NHLPA: "The union needs to bear the brunt of blame if it did indeed hire the wrong man. But if they recognized that, isn't it best they ended the relationship before things got worse?" [THN]

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• The Philadelphia Flyers are unveiling their Winter Classic jersey at 2 p.m. EST by having Danny Briere(notes), Ian Laperriere(notes) and Braydon Coburn(notes) will shatter a block of ice to reveal the "retro-looking jersey." Briere will then be put on IR with a sprained wrist. Meanwhile, Icethetics believes it may have an image of the Boston Bruins' Classic sweater via a video clip on NHL.com. Have to say we've never seen a B's sweater like that in circulation recently. [Icethetics]

• The showdown between Brandon Dubinsky(notes) and the New York Rangers is reaching critical mass. [NY Post]

Milan Lucic(notes) is ready to be awesome again. [Bruins]

Mike Fisher(notes) expects a media circus at Sens camp. And this is the guy dating an American Idol. [Hockey Writers]

• Thomas Vokoun will be the starter, but Dominik Hasek(notes) is going to compete for a spot on the Czech Republic's 2010 Olympic men's hockey team. Which, for nostalgia's sake, is pretty awesome. [CTV]

• Speaking of moldy oldies, Mats Sundin(notes) is not negotiating with the Vancouver Canucks or any other team, according to his agent. He may still decide to retire; but that would require him to make a decision, so you can understand why this is dragging out. [TSN]

• Bad ju-ju on the New York Islanders/Lighthouse Project front. [Newsday]

• BD, as usual, sums up the issues with hilarious Photoshop fun. [Islanders Independent]

• Finally, it's George Parros(notes) on hockey in the Keystone State. Random, and interesting: