Puck Headlines: Maple Leafs gain a GM, lose a nation?

Greg Wyshynski

Here are your Evening 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.

• Bob Duff of the Windsor Star reports that "a prominent National Hockey League source" has insisted that the Toronto Maple Leafs will hire Colin Campbell as their new general manager. Campbell is currently senior executive vice-president and director of hockey operations for the NHL. In terms of extremes, going from being the League's discipline czar to being in charge of the Leafs is like going from the Arctic Circle to the surface of Mercury. [Duffers Dabbles]

• Meanwhile, a new poll shows 40 percent of Canadians consider the Montreal Canadiens to be Canada's team, with the Leafs drawing just 24 percent. [Sportsnet]

• Speaking of nationalism, a Philadelphia newspaper columnist presents a conspiracy theory that Canadian-born officials are helping out a Canadian team. Mirtle and the KB have responded in kind. Clearly, this is a very important and valid theory because all three Canadian teams that qualified for the postseason have advanced to the second round. Wait ... what?

• Dave Mustaine of Megadeath endorses the Flyers. [Fanhouse]

• Your Team USA captain: Jeff Halpern. [Lightning Strikes]

• It's just a few hours before game time, and Peter Forsberg has yet to injure himself today. Foppa, Scott Hannan probable for Game 3; Ryan Smyth, not so much. [CBC]

• NBC's hockey coverage is evidently originating from the Fortress of Solitude. North, Miss Tessmacher! Mike Milbury will kneel before Zod! [The Sports Hernia]

• The Ducks ink Ryan Carter to a three-year deal. [NHL.com]

• Hey, it's "Pond Hockey" and beer pong. No, we're not sure if it gets any better than that, either. [MN Film TV]

• Finally, here's an Onion News Network video about Alexander Ovechkin that will make you laugh if you can get past its basic "nobody likes hockey" conceit, which is the only joke "The Onion" knows how to make about hockey these days.