Puck Headlines: Kovalchuk roster headaches; 'NHL Slapshot' review

Greg Wyshynski

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.

• It's official: The Ottawa Senators will host the 2012 NHL All-Star Celebration, as a joint announcement was made with owner Eugene Melnyk and commissioner Gary Bettman on Wednesday. Spiffy logo. And it evidently reproduces like a Tribble. [Senators]

• On the Eric Belanger(notes) vs. Washington Capitals story, Joe Tacopina, "a high profile New York defence lawyer who has recently begun representing NHL players," gives the Globe & Mail access to a letter he sent to Capitals GM George McPhee detailing his talks with the team. You'll notice at no point in the letter does it mention Belanger physically signing a contract. But Tacopina does a great job turning this thing into a public vendetta against a potential future employer for his clients. [Globe & Mail]

Florida Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen's(notes) new masks have sort of a cool tribal feel to them. [On Frozen Pond]

Patrik Elias(notes) addressed the $100 million elephant in the room: Will the New Jersey Devils resent Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) if one of their beloved teammates gets moved as a result of his re-signing? "Will some guys blame Kovy? That's a tough question. It's a business. Sometimes it's cruel. At one point in your career you have to realize it's a business and you're just a product. But it's hard to accept that." [NJ.com]

• Meanwhile, coach John MacLean says that Elias will likely play left wing this season. As in, the same position that Kovalchuk and Zach Parise(notes) played last season. Oh, this should be interesting. [Fire & Ice]

• The Pensblog wonders if the a Pittsburgh Penguins' slogan is an affront to the Hockey Gods. [Pensblog]

• Canucks coach Alain Vigneault: "I think we've changed the dynamics of our team, bringing in Malhotra, Torres, Ballard and Hamhuis. They can all play a smart, physical brand of hockey. It's not in everyone's personality to be physical. The (Sedin) twins don't hit. You can't hit when you have the puck. That's a difficult thing to do." [Province]

• Mike Chen gives a middling thumbs-down to EA Sports' "NHL Slapshot" for the Nintendo Wii, and makes a "Dragon's Lair" reference. [From The Rink]

• How 'Slapshot' shows EA Sports loves Canadians and hates Americans. [Backyard Hockey]

• Once traded to the Ottawa Senators for Sami Salo(notes), Peter Schaefer(notes) is trying out for the Vancouver Canucks. [Globe & Mail]

• Peter Karmanos gives a positive update on the state of his search for investors with the Carolina Hurricanes. [News & Observer]

• From George Malik: "The Red Wings have extended a formal offer to Andreas Lilja(notes) to attend their training camp as a try-out, granting Lilja a huge personal favor given that the Wings' motivation here is essentially to reward a player for his loyalty to the organization by affording him the opportunity to impress potential employers in the NHL or KHL." [Snapshots]

• Would Paul Mara(notes) be an asset to the Anaheim Ducks' defense? [Anaheim Calling]

Minnesota Wild Craig Leipold on the team's attendance for next season: "We hope we can still sell out every game [the Wild has sold out every home game in franchise history]. We think there will probably be some games, some Tuesday and Thursday games earlier in the year when there are other things going on in this market, that cause people not to come down. And if we don't sell out those games, fine." [Star Tribune]

• Awesome post by Mr. Plank that examines the words of San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson during the summer on a great many issues. [Fear The Fin]

• Via Amy Jo Green of The Good, The Bad, The Coyotes, here is potential new owner and franchise savior Matthew Hulsizer attending a 'Yotes vs. Los Angeles Kings prospect game.

• Your prospects tournament action from Tuesdey night. [Pro Hockey Talk]

• Buffalo Wins presents an epic season preview of the Buffalo Sabres in 50 questions. This is Part 1. [Buffalo Wins, via Die By The Blade]

• If you've not read it, Bruce Dowbiggin's piece on bloggers in the press box believes it's still 2007 but offers some good news, which is that the Vancouver Canucks are going have some sort of arrangement for alt-media access this season. [Globe & Mail]

• Pension Plan Puppets on journalist ethics. [PPP]

• Quirky story from CBC about the Iceland Hockey Bailout: "One hundred dollars from each player's $1,000 entry fee (which covers everything but food and drink) will go to charity in Iceland. So far there are 10 teams going, more than double the usual number. There's one from Russia, one representing the Netherlands and another Canadian team, this one from Jasper, Alberta." [CBC]

• Some additional coverage of Tuesday's Columbus Blue Jackets season-ticket bombshell. [The Cannon]

• Finally, a heavyweight bout between Leigh Salters and Tayler Jordan from the San Jose Sharks at Vancouver Canucks rookie tournament game on Sept. 13, 2010.