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Puck Headlines: Daniel Sedin injury; Coyotes relocation update; cool mic’d up linesman video

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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From the Boston Bruins Fan, a reaction to Henrik Sedin's claim that the Vancouver Canucks were known as "The Diving Bunch." Point 1: How dare you put American Hero Ryan Kesler in this mix. Point 2: #TonyGallagher4CousinOliver

• Renaud Lavoie of RDS reports that Daniel Sedin has a concussion and will miss at least two weeks. Bottom line is that Sedin's headed back to Vancouver. [The Province]

• Good piece from Thomas Drance about the "elbow for an elbow" society in the NHL. [Canucks Army]

• Darren Dreger reports that the NHL could start relocation wheels in motion for the Phoenix Coyotes as early as next week. "Officials on the ground here in Arizona were not aware of any new drop-dead date in the three-year-old Coyotes saga. But they acknowledge some progress needs to be made on a sale before the summer. If a deal can't get done, the Coyotes could be gone with Quebec and Seattle as leading candidates." [Biz Journals]

• Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr have been one of the best lines in hockey this season. Who gets the credit for putting them together? It may not be who you think. Unless you were like, "Paul Holmgren," in which case it's actually who you thought. [Frequent Flyers]

• Todd McLellan's message for the San Jose Sharks: "When you're up to bat in the bottom of the ninth, the walk is great. It's kind of the safe play," he said. "But I'd like to see somebody hit the ball. We'll take the single, we'll take the double. Those are the kind of players we want right now." [Mercury News]

• Darryl Sutter says it's no time for the Los Angeles Kings to be patting each other on the tushies about their success. After the win over the Sharks, "We didn't even talk about it. We had a really good second period and took it to them, and we won the game. Richie [Mike Richards] scored a big shorthander and we scored a power-play goal in the third and we had a really good second period, and that's why we won the game. We need to have a better start tonight than we did in the last game, and we'll go from there." [LA Kings Insider]

• Craig Anderson is back for the Ottawa Senators on Friday. [Sun]

• Ben Eager smashed a camera in the Vancouver Canucks penalty box. The Canucks informed the Oilers they had to pay up the $13,000 to replace the camera. The Oilers then docked Eager's pay for the camera's cost. And now the NHLPA is stepping in for Eager. Remember when his biggest concern in the penalty box was boobs? [ESPN]

• BREAKING: Sidney Crosby is good at hockey. [Tribune]

• Joffrey Lupul is up for the Masterton. What, no Lombardi? [QMI]

Is Joel Ward a bust? [Japers' Rink]

• Under-reported story: That Marc Staal hasn't been Marc Staal since his injury. [Blueshirt Banter]

• Howard Baldwin on the future of the Connecticut Whale: "There is one more season left on the Whale's lease deal with the XL Center, and that is next AHL season, 2012-13. We remain totally committed to negotiating a long-term agreement that makes financial sense for the Whale to be viable at the XL Center for years to come, as we continue our steadfast pursuit of our goal of bringing the Hartford hockey market to its greatest possible level of prominence. That is the long-term vision, and we are optimistic that a deal can be reached soon that affords us not only that chance for long-term success, but also a better financial situation for the year remaining on our existing deal. Regardless of whether or not any accommodation is made for next season, however, we are one-hundred percent committed to fulfilling the last season of our agreement, and guaranteeing that the Whale will play at the XL Center for the 2012-13 AHL season. We will honor our commitment to the great hockey fans of the Hartford market in good faith, and we will pour every ounce of our collective energy into good-faith negotiations to secure a long-term business deal that firmly solidifies, and enhances, the future of pro hockey in downtown Hartford." [Whale, and previously from the Courant]

• Bourne goes to the white board to diagram your team's most popular power play breakout. [Backhand Shelf]

• P.K. Subban is playing well with Andrei Markov. Well, until his next injury at least. [Gazette]

• Jamie Benn is worried he's a marked man after the Shane Doan elbow. [Sports Day]

• Not Totally Hockey But Sorta: The Concussion lawsuits facing the NFL may have been a catalyst for its hefty penalties against the New Orleans Saints for their bounty system. [Rovell]

• The appearance of Semin is no guarantee in Philadelphia tonight. [Capitals Insider]

• The Sidney Crosby vs. Jonathan Toews tale of the tape. [Committed Indian]

• Why the nuclear option is not an option for the Calgary Flames. [Matchsticks and Gasoline]

• The Detroit Red Wings have sent Doug Janik down to Grand Rapids, which means good things (we assume) for the health of Nicklas Lidstrom and Jonathan Ericsson. [Red Wings]

• Finally, this is cool: "linesman Paul Carnathan gives you a behind the scenes look at a game (Pink in the Rink, 2/25) from an official's perspective."

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