Puck Headlines: Crosby update; Gillies on waivers; NHL meets WWF

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.

• The greatest tag team in the history of pro wrestling: Derek Roy of the Buffalo Sabres as The Ultimate Warrior and Paul Bissonnette of the Phoenix Coyotes as Hacksaw Jim Duggan. [Roy image via Die By The Blade]

• Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jaromir Jagr have been named the NHL 'Three Stars' for the week ending Oct. 30. [NHL]

• Sidney Crosby will not play on the Pittsburgh Penguins' West Coast swing, ruling himself out for games in San Jose and Los Angeles. So when will he return? [Post Gazette, Everything Pittsburgh]

• From Rob Rossi: "Their next home game in Nov. 11 against Dallas — and many within the hockey world are speculating that Crosby`s anticipated return will occur then because the game is in Pittsburgh." [Trib]

• The New York Islanders place Trevor Gillies on waivers, with the anticipation that it'll lead to Nino Niederreiter finally joining the roster. If Trevor Gillies goes down, will someone stand at the exit door to taunt him? [Lighthouse Hockey]

• Looking at Eric Staal's horrifically slow start, with a league-worst minus-13 with the Carolina Hurricanes. [TPSH]

• Yeah, we didn't think it'd be down to James Neal vs. Phil Kessel for the Richard Trophy either. [Pensburgh]

• Chris Savard gives us the gears for goofing on his Phil Kessel/Wayne Gretzky-like pace column. Turns out it's actually a Mario-like pace. [Ourhometown.ca]

• Here are the reasons why New York Rangers pest Sean Avery will not be claimed on re-entry waivers. [NYDN]

• Upper Deck has created a special car set for the return of the Winnipeg Jets. [UD]

• The Coyotes release a statement on the Raffi Torres/Jay-Z costume flap: "There was absolutely nothing racist about Raffi and his wife's costumes," the Coyotes said in a statement. "Raffi is a huge fan of Jay-Z and his wife loves Beyonce. It was a Halloween party. The fact that this was reported is ridiculous. We will have no further comment." [USA Today]

• The Washington Capitals re-imagined as mindless zombies. From a photoshoot in the Eastern Conference semifinals. [Capitals Outsider]

• Fabian Brunnstrom cleared waivers and was sent to the AHL; meanwhile, the Detroit Red Wings called up 22-year-old Gustav Nyquist because the team needs "to score some goals," according to Ken Holland. [Wings]

• Remember when the Chicago Blackhawks acquired Rostislav Olesz in the Brian Campbell trade? He's been a healthy scratch for seven games, probably an eighth tonight. [Between The Circles]

• Mike Knuble is … a fourth liner? [Capitals Insider]

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Wayne Gretzky sends Alex Ovechkin an autographed stick. And, apparently, a few back issues of The Hockey News. [Capitals]

• Kaspars Daugavins scored the game-winning goal for the Ottawa Senators on Sunday. Then he was sent down to the AHL … for dental surgery. [QMI]

• Headline: "Winning hockey and $4 tickets bring Florida fans out." Lede: "Tickets can be had for as little as $4 (all currency U.S.) and football will always be king, but there are signs hockey is making something of a come back in Florida." Last line: "Barely three hours before the Lightning-Jets game on Saturday, some tickets were going for as little as $5 on various Internet ticket sites. Tickets for the Panthers-Jets match Monday were priced as low as $4. By contrast, the asking price for the cheapest ticket to the Panthers' game in Winnipeg next month is $119." So the headline was referencing scalpers dumping tickets? Somehow we imagine this might have deceived a few people into believing the Lightning and Panthers were selling $4 seats. Just a hunch. [Globe & Mail]

• Ryan Malone could miss Tuesday's game for the Tampa Bay Lightning with an "upper body injury." [Lightning Strikes]

• Looking at Nail Yakupov as "the next one." [THW]

• Decision time for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen. [The Cannon]

• Elliotte Friedman goes deeper into the various realignment scenarios. "Guarantee, in whatever combination you put together, you have either one American team with four Canadians (not happening) or Dallas still in the Pacific. And the Stars are a very big part of this. Their travel is really bad as a member of the Pacific Division. Bettman listens to owners. For the last couple of years, the Stars really haven't had one. Now, it looks like they will (Tom Gagliardi)." [CBC]

• Martin Brodeur says he could totally come back and play on Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leaks, but that'll be up to New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer, who apparently hasn't been looped in on the whole "Marty decides when he plays" thing. [Fire & Ice]

• Finally, the Pelicans from Finland have released a new commercial, which is a reason for laughter and pain: