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Puck Headlines: Leafs’ Lupul out with shoulder injury; Turco clears waivers; Bobby Ryan to break away

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• James Reimer's new mask takes advantage of that awesome Optimus Reim nickname he's got going for him. [InGoal]

Bobby Ryan talks about his future in Anaheim: "My next step ultimately would be to break away from Getz and Pears. I think we've had chemistry. But at some point,  you're going to have to prepare for life after Teemu [Selanne]. I'd like to fill into that role and have that second line be built. I think I can step into Teemu's role. I think I can put up 35 to 40 goals year in and year out." [OC Register]

• Anaheim Calling finds Ryan's comments disturbing. [Anaheim Calling]

Joffrey Lupul will miss 3 to 4 weeks with a shoulder injury. On the bright side, he should be ready for the playoffs the Leafs now likely won't make.  [The Globe & Mail]

• Also on the bright side, the Maple Leafs get rookie goalie Brad Thiessen in their visit to Pittsburgh. He'll make his second NHL start for the Penguins Wednesday night. [Post-Gazette]

• Speaking of desperate goaltending situations, Marty Turco has cleared waivers. "It felt good and more than anything it was good to be back on the ice under the bright lights and with NHL players, never mind the Boston Bruins," said Turco. [Boston Herald]

• One more thing the Minnesota Wild do not need: "Cal Clutterbuck" and "concussion symptoms" in the same sentence. [Star-Tribune]

• Meanwhile, Brandon Dubinsky suffered an injury in a fight with Ryan Carter, but it's not a concussion. It's a sinus issue. [NY Daily News]

• Michael Farber on Erik Karlsson. [SI]

• Laser-pointer Dad, whose name is Joseph Cordes, is facing criminal charges for "disturbing the peace." [ESPN]

• No discipline for Niklas Kronwall's hit on Jakub Voracek. Here's a step-by-step analysis of the check, featuring strong opinions: "It would be a travesty to the game if this was suspendable." [Nightmare on Helm Street]

• Blackhawks fans are beginning to question whether Joel Quenneville knows how to watch a hockey game. [Second City Hockey]

• "Grabovski is the Chocolate Lab of hockey players. He's impossible not to like." [Sportsnet]

• Josh Bailey appears to be working out for the New York Islanders on the wing. [Newsday]

• The Penticton Vees of the BCHL broke a national junior hockey record with their 41st consecutive win. [CBC]

• This just made me laugh. The city city council in Cranbrook, British Columbia is facing complaints that its ice rink is too cold. Seriously. [The Townsman]

• The Canucks are playing their worst hockey since November. Is it a lack of motivation? [Canucks Army]

• The Pittsburgh Penguins unveiled "Le Magnifique", a statue honouring Mario Lemieux Wednesday.

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