Puck Headlines: Kane denies trade request; hazing; Fake Zetterberg

Greg Wyshynski
October 27, 2011

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.

• Is there something wrong with your screen settings? Does Jay Beagle actually bleed purple? No, silly, it's the Pittsburgh Penguins' special purple practice jerseys which will be auctioned off as part of Hockey Fights Cancer. [Penguins]

• It's official the 2012 NHL Draft will be in Pittsburgh which is, incidentally, a short drive from Columbus. [Penguins]

• Jersey Fouls on Friday, Friday, Jersey Fouls on Friday.

• Does James Reimer have a concussion? One Toronto Maple Leafs player says yes; everyone associated with the team that wears a suit is trying to downplay it. Sigh ... Brian Gionta … the Matt Cooke of Lilliput! [NatPost]

• If you've not read this story about hazing in Manitoba — water bottle carriers tied to scrotums and such — it's a disturbing one. [Y! Sports]

• Say, would you like to end the practices of hazing? Call the cops. [Buzzing]

• Kyle Turris's agent joined NHL XM Home Ice to declare it's not about money, and "I think if you saw the way how the season played out last year, it doesn't take a rockets scientist to see it's not a fit." He also dabbles in a conspiracy theory about the NHL owning the Coyotes and therefore it's the League imprisoning his client.  [XM Radio]

• Evander Kane wanted to make it clear the he hasn't asked for a trade from the Winnipeg Jets: "I haven't asked for a trade, I'm happy where I am and I expect to be here for a long time. … I guess people in social media come out with stories and spread rumours. I stay away from that kind of stuff." [QMI]

• Brayden Schenn is out with a broken foot. Well, good thing no one went out and picked him up for their fantasy … crap. [CSN Philly]

• Max Pacioretty faces the Boston Bruins for the first time this week since the Chara affair. Said Coach Claude Julien: "I can tell you honestly the one thing we're happy about and that would be for anybody else is that he's healthy. As a player in the league, you don't want to see somebody in the league end his career on an unfortunate accident but what you want to see is a player come back and be healthy. As far as that's concerned, he's healthy, we've turned the page and now it's time to move on." [ESPN Boston]

• Welcome back Adam McQuaid from his neck injury. [Bruins Blog]

• Why Alex Ovechkin is now the second best left wing in the NHL. [Cubeta]

• We may revisit this later, but Gary Bettman has teased a Minnesota Winter Classic, with this caveat: "An important element of doing the Winter Classic is obviously the national TV ratings, so we have to be comfortable that whatever matchup we're going to do will do a good number." So get ready for "HBO 24/7 Penguins/Flyers: Road To The Winter Classic at Target Field." [Russo]

• Congrats to Erik Gudbranson for sticking with the Florida Panthers. [On Frozen Pond]

• Wild Puck Banter has traced the source of the Minnesota Wild's problems in the postseason, and she's blonde. [WPB]

• Michael Farber on Ilya Bryzgalov: "Like wide receivers in Chicago, Philadelphia just hasn't been able to get this goaltending thing right, at least not since the early days of combative Ron Hextall in the late 1980s." [SI]

• Barry Melrose can stop handing out his Mullets of the Week now. He's given one to Jaromir Jagr. The universe has been set back in order.

• Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery gave his mask artist a "no boxers" mandate, which obviously didn't cover Chief Jay Strongbow. [In Goal, via Justin S.]

• What is the New York Rangers FanCam? "What is the FanCam? This high definition image will capture Madison Square Garden in its entirety, and fans will be able to "step inside" the 360 degree gigapixel image and look around during this frozen moment of time. The resolution of 20 billion pixels is so high that fans will be able to zoom in to find themselves or their friends, "tag" themselves in the photo, and share via email, Facebook, and Twitter. Fans can even cruise around Madison Square Garden to see who else was present at the game." [Rangers]

• "Islanders' 1993 Division Playoff Banner Lives in a Fan's Attic." In an odd twist of fate, Rich Pilon is living up there, too. [Botta]

• Watch Nathan Horton of the Boston Bruins sprays his dirty water all over New England. [Eye on Hockey]

• Where Ryan Carter and Steve Bernier fit in the New Jersey Devils organization. [Devils Advocate]

• More debate about visors from Blades of Teal: "So how could the NHL and NHLPA take a hard stance and get everyone on board with using a visor? The answer seems simple enough for me: hit players in the wallet. That usually gets them to listen." [BoT]

• Stephane Da Costa gets his moment to shine for the Ottawa Senators, skating with Daniel Alfredsson. [Sens]

• Still no Drew Doughty for the Los Angeles Kings, but Johnny Quick's between the pipes. [LA Kings Insider]

• Say, maybe using the bankruptcy courts to hasten the sale of NHL teams is just not worth the trouble. [Globe & Mail]

• Losses and gains for the Dallas Stars in the offseason that produced the winning hockey team we see today. [Pegasus News]

• Do the Dallas Stars play boring hockey, and if so zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzdroolzzzzzzzzzzz [Defending Big D]

• A brief conversation between a panda and a Hello Kitty type about the Columbus Blue Jackets. [Dark Blue Jacket]

• Finally, the first webisode of Fake Henrik Zetterberg is here. There's a lot of setup in this one, but the idea of the Detroit Red Wings star in "Office Space" is intriguing.