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Puck Headlines: Crosby does Cannes; NHL realignment on hold?

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• Paul Martin, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal attend a screening of "Trophy Wife" during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival aboard the Jettee Albert Edouard yacht. Please, no one tell Dr. Mark Recchi that Crosby may have visited a movie theater. Then again, we have no idea if he's still suffering from concussion effects because he's on vacation. Meanwhile, Ms. Sigler was also photographed with Max Talbot's fashion glasses. [Steel City Sports Fan]

• Is this really the end of the Atlanta Thrashers? [Bird Watchers Anonymous]

• Regarding the NHL's return to Winnipeg and the potential for relocation, Craig Custance writes: "This situation is far from settled, but multiple sources told Sporting News that the most likely scenario right now would be to keep Winnipeg in the Southeast for one season and then restructure the divisions in 2012. That would allow the situation in Arizona to play out, since Glendale, by authorizing a $25 million fund meant to cover the NHL-owned Coyotes' operating losses, has signed on to keep the team around for at least one more year." [Sporting News]

• Bruce Arthur explains the delicate emotions in Winnipeg, which has done this dance before. [National Post]

• Relocation's ripple effect for hockey in the Southeast. Interesting read. [United States of Hockey]

• ESPN Boston reports no Patrice Bergeron for the Boston Bruins in Game 2. Team still calls it a gametime decision. [ESPN Boston]

• If Tomas Kaberle continues to be a liability? Well, there's always Steve Kampfer! [Big Bad Blog]

• Boston Bruins legend Phil Esposito "could give one damn about Boston," and that "Tampa Bay is my home. The Lightning are like my child. I gave birth to it. It took everything I had physically and probably mentally." [, via Kukla's Korner]

• Manny Malhotra's skating in full gear for the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. [Expletive's] getting real, yo. [The White Towel]

• The Sports Pickle examines the phenom that is the young goalie without a five-hole. "He struggled to skate, what with the webbed crotch," said Chenault's father, Rene, whose family carries the rare webbed crotch gene. "It's hard to take long strides. But then he went into the goal and it was magic." [Pickle]

• Why Jaromir Jagr should be wary of returning to Pittsburgh Penguins. And not just because it's a fairly significant distance from Atlantic City. [Sports Haze]

• This is why you read Elliotte Friedman: "If Brent Sutter hadn't survived in Calgary, would Lou Lamoriello have contacted him about going back to New Jersey? Not certain Sutter would want to go back, but guessing there would be a feeler." [CBC Sports]

• In case you missed it, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that Paul Maurice would remain as head coach next season and that Ron Francis would return to the front office. [N&O]

• The Shark Tank announces some increased security measures for San Jose Sharks home games in the finals. "Only small purses and baby bags will be permitted in HP Pavilion." Great, now where are we going to stash our metal briefcase full of bomb making materials? [Sharks]

• If you've not gotten your fill of Bourne Tuesday, here's his take on the death of Derek Boogaard and how he reexamined his coverage because of it: "When I read that Derek Boogaard died — and very possibly due to something that could be related to mental issues (I won't get too into that whole thing since we don't know anything yet, it's just one of the possibilities that made me take a look in the mirror) — I realized it's very likely that I never once typed, or said a nice word about the guy." [Bourne]

• The Top 10 saves of the second round of the playoffs. [HOTH]

• Has anyone seen a "Dany Heatley" in these playoffs? Besides when he unleashed an untimely elbow in the third period of Game 1? [RLD]

• Maggie the Monkey ain't got nuthin' on Jimmy the Bookie Cat.

• The Alaska Aces are having a pretty remarkable run at the Kelly Cup in the ECHL. "The Aces have not lost a game since April 1, they have not lost consecutive games since February 2 and 4 at Victoria, and in their last 38 games they have gone a ridiculous 33-4-1. [Anchorage Daily News, via McCart13]

• Not exactly sunny news about Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina and his "upper body injury," from Guy Boucher: "He's not with us. He's not even here, so the update is not very good." [Lightning Strikes]

• "Sunrise Sports & Entertainment announced today the Florida Panthers Summer Blueprint Tour, a new program that will bring fans and new business prospects face-to-face with Cats GM Dale Tallon or other personalities and executives during a variety of local events including luncheons, golf outings, rink appearances, public park visits, and more." [Panthers]

• Columbus Blue Jackets blog makes its pitch for Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators. [The Cannon]

• Foreclosures and the NHL, Vol. 1: TMZ reports that Luc Robitaille and his wife stopped paying the mortgage on their Santa Monica, Calif., home, and that the bank has filed foreclosure documents asking for "remaining balance of $957,245.85 -- along with late charges and other stuff." Yes, "other stuff." [TMZ]

• Foreclosures and the NHL, Vol. 2: The Carolina Hurricanes practice facility has been foreclosed and could be shuttered next month. [News and Observer]

• The Puck Buddys note that the Washington Capitals are holding "Red Rocker" tryouts in July, and have a problem with the reaction to the last time a man made the squad. [Puck Buddys, Strong Language Warning]

• Finally, via the Kurtenblog, the Stanley Cup of Beer Bongs. Now, would it be a jinx for a player to drink from that before winning one? [Kurtenblog]

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