Puck Headlines: A letter from the Blue Jackets’ owner; Alfredsson’s got one more year

Harrison Mooney
January 27, 2012

• How committed is Alex Ovechkin to not being a distraction at the All-Star game? He's wearing camouflage shorts. [Alex Ovetjkin]

• Speaking of Ovechkin, Bruce Arthur's column on his ASG no-show is spot-on. [National Post]

• Former Tampa Bay Lightning owner Len Barrie has been evicted from his fancy Victoria estate. ""It's one of those things," Barrie told CHEK television in Victoria. True that. I mean, when it comes down to it, who hasn't been thrown out of a mansion? [The Globe & Mail]

• Columbus Blue Jackets' majority owner John P. McConnell's letter to season ticket holders on the year so far: "Disappointing is not a strong enough word." [Blue Jackets Xtra]

• Of course, McConnell's credibility was somewhat undercut by this article, which features his words on GM Scott Howson: "As of right now, I know of no reason why he won't be our (GM next season)." So the letter was clearly written without watching the team all that often. [Blue Jackets Xtra]

• "Bauer Hockey unveiled its Re-akt helmet in Ottawa on Friday, calling it the first designed specifically to manage multiple hits, including rotational-force impacts from turning the head, which can cause significant head injuries such as concussion." [CBC]

• Daniel Alfredsson's got one more season in him. [TSN]

• Cam Cole on TSN's projections for Team Canada's 2014 Olympic roster: "By the time February 2014 rolls around, anyone foolish enough to make such prognostications is apt to find two-thirds of the players on today's list living in quiet rooms with the shades drawn and whalesong playing soothingly on low volume." Yikes. [Vancouver Sun]

• Conn Smythe's time capsule was unearthed in Toronto this week, and the item that has everybody talking is a mysterious white elephant. "What could a white elephant possibly have to do with the Toronto Maple Leafs," said Mike Komisarek's contract. [National Post]

• Provided Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is on it, the Edmonton Oilers' powerplay is outstanding. [Edmonton Journal]

• It's the third annual FTF Photoshop Expo! [Fear the Fin]

• Ice Hockey in Harlem's Annual Winter Fundraising Auction with the New York Rangers goes a week from today. This is a cool charity. [Ice Hockey in Harlem]

• Scott Lewis interviews an anonymous stat. No, not a stathead. A stat. [The Score]

• Looking at the Central Division race, which could make all sorts of history. [HOHM]

• Eugene Melnyk and Dany Heatley are close to going to court over the $4 million bonus Heatley received from Ottawa by refusing to waive his no-trade clause back in 2009. If Heatley loses, the Sharks could be forced to pay it. [Canoe]

• The Conservative government is threatening to hold back funding for a new hockey arena north of Montreal because they're afraid an NHL team might move in there, which is so freaking ironic I can't even fathom it. [The Globe & Mail]

• Is Scott Gomez hockey's most underrated? [Jets Nation]

• And finally, among the many stars to make an appearance in 30 Rock's Martin Luther King Day, the 1995 Quebec Nordiques: