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Puck Headlines: Foppa to play; Yzerman on Green

Sean Leahy
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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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• Jersey Fouls on Friday. Plan your day accordingly.

• It looks like Peter Forsberg(notes) will be healthy enough to play for Team Sweden. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports that despite dealing with rib and foot injuries, Forsberg will fly to Vancouver today with the team. Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom(notes) and his knee will now be the focus as teammate Johan Franzen(notes) sits and waits to find out if he'll be an injury replacement. [CTV]

• Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman on why Mike Green(notes) was left off the Olympic roster: "I just think the defence we put together can generate offence almost to the same level as Mike, and yet be stronger in other areas. We just thought the seven that we chose are a better fit for us. I don’t want to go on at length criticizing Mike Green, but there are parts of his game that we’d need to see improved upon before he’s ready to play in the Olympics." [MacLean's] h/t Kukla

• Wysh starts his Olympic hockey previews by breaking down Group A that features Canada, USA, Switzerland, and Norway. Predictions? [Fourth Place Medal]

• All the best to Buffalo Sabres analyst Mike Robitaille who was in stable condition after undergoing spinal cord surgery due to a February 3rd car accident. [Buffalo News]

• John Buccigross with a touching farewell to Brendan Burke. [ESPN]

On the Fly may be going dark on NHL Network during the Olympic break, but they will provide plenty of coverage from Vancouver. [NHL]

• With each goal and point he accumulates, the price of Tomas Plekanec(notes) goes up. The problem for Montreal is that they'll likely need to clear cap space in order to afford him this summer. [Montreal Gazette]

• Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside discuss the potential defensemen that could be on the move before deadline day. [ESPN]

• With Donald Brashear(notes) being placed on waivers today by the Rangers, should the Nashville Predators take a look? [On the Forecheck]

Joe Corvo(notes) discussed his injury with Canes Country and notes he may not be 100% until next season. [CC]

• The 10 worst contracts in the NHL. [CBS Sports]

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• Safe to say Florida Panthers fans don't miss Jay Bouwmeester(notes)? [Getty]

• Before he became an NHL player, Nashville's Joel Ward(notes) was a roller hockey superstar. Break out the Mylec sticks! [Fanhouse]

• An interview with Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej of the U.S. women's hockey team. [Barry Melrose Rocks]

• Talking NHL Draft and top prospect Tyler Seguin. [The Hockey Writers]

• Is the team you blog about not doing so well? Here are five tips on what to do should you find yourself in that situation. [The Royal Half]

• Former Pittsburgh Penguin and current Russian Olympic hockey team captain, Alexei Morozov, will carry his country's flag during the opening ceremonies. [Russian Hockey Fans]

Simon Gagne(notes) owns Martin Brodeur(notes). [Josh Q. Public]

• Wayne Gretzky showed up at the opening of the Samsung Pavilion in Vancouver yesterday, but ducked out before taking media questions. It's rumored that the Great One will light the Olympic torch tomorrow evening. [Vancouver Sun]

• A member of the Russian women's Olympic team was cleared of doping charges after she used a nasal spray the night before a drug test. [Rianovosti]

• Jeff Z. Klein takes a look at some other "miracles" in Olympic hockey history. [Slap Shots]

• Finally, during the Dallas-Chicago game on Tuesday, a pane of glass was knocked loose and fell on the head of a youngster in the front row. Upon seeing the little guy crying after the incident, Stars defenseman Trevor Daley(notes) skated over and gave the kid his stick. (Thankfully, no fan-on-fan brawl happened) A Blackhawks fan wrote Mike Heika to applaud Daley's classy move [Dallas Morning News]

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