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Puck Headlines: Kovalev to the KHL; Winnipeg: The Hockey Song

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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• The Winnipeg Jets' AHL team in St. John's revealed today that they will be the Ice Caps beginning next season. What do you think of the logo? [AHL]

• A Winnipeg woman decided to get the new Jets logo tattooed on her shin. The former military medic isn't a big hockey fan and says the tattoo is more of a celebration of hockey returning to the city. [Winnipeg Free Press via Arctic Ice Hockey]

• According to Russian publication Sport-Express, Alexei Kovalev will take his talents to Atlant Mytischi of the KHL. How soon until Alexei Yashin announces he's staying over there? [@SlavaMalamud]

• Joining him in the KHL will be defenseman Brent Sopel who signed a two-year deal with Metallurg Novokuznetsk. [@BrentSopel]

• Mike Danton announced on his Twitter page Thursday afternoon that he's signed a deal to play for IFK Ore, a third division team in Sweden next season. [CP via TSN]

• Jannik Hansen became yet another player to avoid arbitration by agreeing to a three-year, $4.05 million deal with the Vancouver Canucks. [The Province]

• Jaromir Jagr spoke to Czech media as he's begun his training for the coming season and was asked about the reaction of his signing in the Pittsburgh area: "Most of the negative critic has come from the Penguins fans who couldn't understand my decision to sign with the Flyers. I think we're all free to make our own decisions." [Broadstreet Hockey]

• Katie Baker on the New York Islanders' quest for an updated Nassau Coliseum: "We won't know for a handful of years, but if this project fails the Islanders could end up as nearby as Queens or as far-flung as Kansas City or Seattle. Or they could blow out of the States altogether and settle in Canada, which would be sadly fitting: Quebec City was named the place most deserving of an NHL franchise in that same All-Star Weekend survey that declared the New York Islanders the least desirable team of them all." [Grantland]

Nikolai Khabibulin will spend part of his 30-day sentence in Arizona's Tent City jail where one former inmate says, "It smells like death in there. It's terrible." So better than a locker room? [QMI via London Free Press]

• Marc Savard is still experiencing headaches as his condition has not changed much after suffering a concussion in January. As of now he won't be in camp for the Boston Bruins. [Boston Globe]

• Hollywood has always loved rebooting movies, well this summer in the NHL, the reboot is alive and well. [Puck Update]

• Examining Tomas Vokoun's Vezina Trophy chances with the Washington Capitals. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

• Putting together three lines based on the members of the Mighty Ducks movies. We're still bitter about Goldberg moving out of goal and onto the blueline in favor of Julie the Cat. [Gunaxin]

• Colorado Avalanche 2011 first round picks Gabriel Landeskog and Duncan Siemens both signed their three-year, entry level deals on Thursday. [Avalanche]

• How will the Montreal Canadiens' defense stack up next season. [CTV]

• Ryan Bright on Mike Richards' exit from Philadelphia: "The 26-year-old was a good player in Philadelphia, admirable soldier and did all the right things on the ice. He didn't, however, win a Stanley Cup. And as harsh a reality as it is, because of that simple fact, mixed with a gluttony of off-ice rumors turned premature ejection from the team, positivity, when it comes to his legacy, shouldn't be commanded. Richards is deserving of a pat on a back and a hardy thank you, not sainthood." [Philadelphia Sports Daily]

• A look back at the Bobby Orr Summer Camp. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• The University of Alabama-Huntsville hockey team is still searching for a Division I conference to join and due to budget cuts, they're also looking for additional financing. [AL.com s/t Wayne B.]

• Finally, here's Sugar Free Leonard with the very catchy "Winnipeg: The Hockey Song". We're disappointed that the video cuts off before Sugar delivers the comedy we were promised:

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