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Puck Headlines: GMs meetings wrap; All-Star Draft to return

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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Former NHL coach Pierre Page, now behind the bench for EC Red Bull Salzburg, participates in the spelling of "Austria" during a stoppage in play. [Getty]

Replay expansion, concussion protocol and spinoramas highlighted the final day of the GMs meetings (more later). []

Dany Heatley and Brad Marchand will both have hearings with the NHL for elbows to the head last night of Steve Ott and R.J. Umberger, respectively. [TSN]

• The NHL All-Star Draft will likely continue next year in Ottawa. The question now becomes will it be Team Alfredsson versus Team [Insert Name Here]? Or is the Crosby/Ovechkin rivalry going to be renewed on a grander stage yet again? [Globe & Mail via CP]

• The city of Novi, Michigan will rename a street "Nick Lidstrom Drive" during a ceremony next Thursday. Like the Norris Trophy, how long until Lidstrom owns it? [Red Wings]

• The 10 biggest NHL Draft busts. What number's do you think Patrik Stefan and Alexandre Daigle are? [The Hockey News]

• Jordan Leopold of the Buffalo Sabres, who suffered a concussion in the playoffs last season against the Ottawa Senators, has reached out to former Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Sidney Crosby and given him advice. [Buffalo News]

• Damien Cox on Gary Bettman and the current state of the NHL: "Suddenly, it seems Bettman's grip over the league's owners, a major reason why he has been able to stay in power for 18 years, doesn't seem quite as tight. In the past decade, in particular, the hockey world has barely heard a dissenting voice from the league's board of governors on any matter, let alone any pertaining specifically to the game." [Toronto Star]

• Calgary Flames defenseman Adrian Aucoin tells Eric Francis why he's behind Gary Bettman's Five-Point Plan for Player Safety, or "FPPPS" for short. [Calgary Sun]

• Helene Elliott with a great piece on Nashville Predators defenseman Jonathan Blum and his rise from growing up in California to reaching the NHL, including the tragic death of his twin sister when he was 15. [LA Times]

• A youth hockey coach in Nova Scotia has been suspended after a referee allegedly heard him telling one of his players to "get" an opponent. [CBC]

• The Minnesota 2A High School state title was decided in the third overtime on a diving goal by the state's "Mr. Hockey", Kyle Rau. [Deadspin]

• Hooray for retro jerseys! As they did last season, the New Jersey Devils will wear their green and red old-school jerseys on Friday when they host the Washington Capitals. Goaltender Martin Brodeur will be wearing vintage equipment, as well as a replica of the mask he wore during his rookie year. [Devils]

• Minnesota Twins first baseman and proud Canadian Justin Morneau may just get in hockey team ownership game. [Buzzing the Net]

A 10-step plan for the wounded Columbus Blue Jacket fan. [Fire That Cannon]

Examining the post-concussion fantasy hockey seasons of some NHL players. [Daily Faceoff]

What the San Jose Sharks could learn from the teaching's of former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. [Blades of Teal]

Former potential Nashville Predators suitor William "Boots" Del Biaggio is back in the news, but only because he's the subject of an upcoming episode of "American Greed" on CNBC.  [On the Forecheck]

• The latest "History Will Be Made" commercial from the NHL features Jamie Baker's legendary goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs:

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