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NHL shave kit
• Via Puck Daddy reader John Gillis (any relation to Mike?) comes the NHL shaving kit. If this is what the Sedins use to get those perfectly-maintained goatees, I'm in.
• Elliotte Friedman wonders if Bob Gainey might take over the bench in Montreal himself, plus 29 other great thoughts. [CBC]
• Sean Fitz-Gerald asked Donald Fehr if we're in danger of another NHL lockout, and his answer is terrifying: "All I can say is, I would certainly hope not. In the last negotiation, there obviously was a long stoppage at the owners' instigation. Both long stoppages in hockey have been lockouts, the players haven't had any extended strikes. The owners insisted upon and received enormous concessions from the players, so one would hope that those days are days that people can write about in the history books, and we don't have to look at them going forward. Having said that, I've been doing this too long and in too many different places to make predictions." In other words: if necessary, yes. [National Post]
• Holy crap, the NHL has seen 28 concussions in December already. That's more than one a day. [NHL Red Light]
• Count Eric Lindros among the many saying the game's gotten too fast. [Canoe]
• John Madden will be rejoining Dale Tallon with the Florida Panthers. [Star Tribune]
• The quiet room explained. Despite sharing its name with a blanket fort I built as a kid, it's not a blanket fort. [Backhand Shelf]
• Scotiabank Place unveiled a massive new scoreboard Tuesday night as part of its renovations leading up to the All-Star game. From the Ottawa Senators' press release: "The Bell HD Screen will have 2,170 square feet of viewing space, compared to the existing scoreboard at Scotiabank place, which has 300 square feet of viewing space. Each of the four primary HD screens will be 331 square feet in size, in comparison to the existing boards, which are 75 square feet. This new Bell HD Screen is the largest board that can be installed into Scotiabank Place." Here's video of its debut:
• Ryan Whitney's update on his ankle sounds very bleak. [Oilers Nation]
• Hockey Wilderness takes exception to Brendan Shanahan's tendency to forgive guys for hitting their players from behind. [Hockey Wilderness]
• Some people don't like Canada's use of "Chelsea Dagger", the Chicago Blackhawks' goal song, at the World Juniors. [Edmonton Journal]
• Speaking of the World Juniors, by hosting them, Alberta can expect $80 million injected into the national economy. [The Globe & Mail]
• The Toronto Maple Leafs need to improve their penalty kill if they want to make the playoffs. [Sportsnet]
• It's episode 9 of Fake Henrik Zetterberg. [Fake Henrik Zetterberg]
• And finally, Finnish hockey fan Janne Makkonen's video, titled "Our Way of Life", is really, really great.
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