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Puck Headlines: GMs to present blindside ban; 'Yotes to lose $20M

Sean Leahy
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• David Shoalts reports that the GMs will recommend a rule banning blindside hits to the head from a shoulder. The rule will be further tweaked and presented Wednesday to all 30 GMs. If approved by the NHL's competition committee and board of governors, it will go into effect next season. [Globe & Mail]

• Another change being discussed is the standings tiebreaker. Kevin Allen of USA Today reports that GMs are in favor of making the first tiebreaker "fewest shootout wins" instead of "most wins", which it is currently. [@kausatoday]

• According to Sidney Crosby's(notes) agent, Pat Brisson, the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar had a full schedule and was unable to appear on the "Late Show with David Letterman" last week. Or he realized how big a of Leafs fan Dave is. [Post-Gazette]

• ThePensBlog has an excellent take on the entire "controversy". [tPb]

• The NHL predicts the Phoenix Coyotes will lose $20 million this season, “less than the $40 million to $50 million previously estimated by attorneys and others involved in the team’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.” Er, uh … congrats? [Biz Journal]

Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash(notes) left last night's game against Los Angeles early with a "lower-body injury". He's not expected to be in the lineup tonight against Anaheim. [Puck-Rakers]

• Cheers to David Perron(notes) of the St. Louis Blues for donating $4,500 to the Red Cross' relief efforts in Haiti. In February, Perron pledged $1 for every new follower he gained on his Twitter account. [Frozen Notes]

• Winners of six of their last 20 games, New Jersey Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire held a team meeting after practice this morning to express his unhappiness. [NJ.com]

• Nashville will be without defenseman Denis Grebeshkov(notes) for a while after taking a puck to the groin and ... wait for it ... undergoing sur­gery on one of his testicles. Our male readers just felt a bit uncomfortable. [Tennessean]

• With all of the positive press he's received since leading the U.S. hockey team to the silver medal, the Wall Street Journal asks, "Can a Goalie Be a Superstar?". [WSJ]

• Do you live in Winnipeg? Are you a good driver? Then expect to be pulled over by local and given free tickets to an Old Timer's Game featuring a handful of ex-NHLers. [Winnipeg Free Press]

• A Belfast Giants player is facing marijuana charges in the U.S. after being indicted by a New York City grand jury last week. [Belfast Telegraph]

• The IIHF has decided to scrap any plans for the 2010-11 Champions Hockey League in Europe. [IIHF]

Teemu Selanne(notes) is just two tallies away from the 600-goal mark for his career. [NHL.com]

• Jonathan Willis on the evolution of Anaheim Ducks' forward Ryan Getzlaf(notes). [Hockey or Die]

• Breaking down Nicklas Backstrom's(notes) worthiness for the Selke Trophy. [Japers' Rink]

• Finally, from gord93 via Twitter comes video of Neil Peart's version of "The Hockey Theme" available on Rock Band:

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