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Puck Headlines: Laraque on proposed fighting changes, 'They might as well take fighting out of the NHL'

Sean Leahy
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Here are your Afternoon 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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"Stupidest thing ever!" George Laraque responds to the proposed fighting changes brought up at this week's general manager's meetings. (TSN)

John Tavares broke the Ontario Hockey League's all-time goal scoring record on Sunday. Or did he? (National Post)

Who are the post-trade deadline Stanley Cup contenders? (USA Today)

Help Donny create a nickname for Florida Panthers center Kamil Kreps. Any time I hear his last name, I can't help buy think of the Izzy Mandelbaum episode of Seinfeld. "It's go time!" (Litterbox Cats)

The Penguins and Miroslav Satan are close to figuring out what to do with the winger after he was waived last week. I would love for GM Ray Shero to hand him a check and a firm handshake sending him on his merry way. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Lyle Richardson takes a look back at the more notable names dealt at past trade deadline's and asks how this season's could be described as dull. (Spector)

Mrs. Hockey, Colleen Howe, will be laid to rest this afternoon. (Detroit Free Press)

Speaking of records, Joe Pelletier informs us that Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis Joseph is chasing one, too. Though, it's likely Gary Bettman won't be following him around once he's close to breaking it. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

How the view from the press box has helped some of Boston's young stars. (Boston Globe)

If the goalie situation in Detroit hasn't been baffling enough, Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said that Ty Conklin, who is on a thirteen game winning streak at Joe Louis Arena, will likely start the remaining home game, with Chris Osgood taking to the net on the road. (MLive)

Erik Cole is making an immediate impact since returning to Carolina last week and Eric Staal is reaping the benefits. (NHL.com)

John Buccigross on "homer" announcers: "This attempt at neutrality also is why national broadcasters almost always are universally hated. They don't broadcast the game through one team's perspective, so fans interpret their broadcasting as not wanting their team to win." (ESPN.com)

Michael Russo reports that Marian Gaborik is joining Minnesota on their trip to Colorado. (Star Tribune)

The Rangers made enough noise to have the NHL seek the NHLPA approval to have teams who have prospects die, be awarded compensatory draft picks. (Newsday)

Finally, Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson continues his love affair with the Toronto media:

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