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Puck Headlines: Medal round begins; Halak to Chicago?

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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Reminder: Live blogging for Belarus-Switzerland (3 p.m. EST) and Norway-Slovakia (11:55 p.m. EST). We will, of course, be live-chatting the Canada-Germany game at 7:30 p.m. EST.

• Twenty-two players who have won a World Championship, Olympic gold medal and a Stanley Cup were inducted into the "Triple Gold Club" in Vancouver on Monday evening. Nine Swedes, six Russians, five Canadians, and two Czechs made up the prestigious group. If Sweden should win gold in Vancouver, Peter Forsberg(notes) would join the smaller "Triple Olympic Gold Medal Club" along with Russians Vladislav Tretyak, Aleksandr Ragulin, Vitaly Davydov, Anatoly Firsov, Viktor Kuzkin, Andrey Khomutov. [IIHF] s/t to Tyler from NHL Digest for the Olympic gold medal trivia

Roberto Luongo(notes) is finally getting his chance, at the expense of Martin Brodeur's(notes) international career. [CBC]

• Damien Cox with more on the Canadian crease controversy. [Toronto Star]

• "Brian Rafalski scored two goals, Ryan Miller(notes) held off a flurry of shots, and the Americans quieted a raucous, pro-Canada crowd that came to cheer its dream team, only to see it upstaged by a bunch of unproven kids." So another group of U.S. college players upset a world power in hockey again? [Kansas City Star via AP] s/t Ritch from AHF

• Former Tampa Bay Lightning GM Jay Feaster chimes in on the NHLers-in-Olympics subject and would like Gary Bettman and co. to stay away come 2014. [The Hockey News]

• Mirtleblog is back! James breaks down the top minute munchers at the Olympics through the round-robin games. [From the Rink]

• Cool story from New Jersey. After their state championship game in 1989 was canceled due to the threat of a measles outbreak, two high school teams are going to play that game 21 years later with proceeds to benefit various cancer charities, including the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer. [New York Magazine] s/t to Rich P. for sending that in

• Interesting read on whether or not the NHL should adopt the Olympic-style point system. [Die by the Blade]

• Canada and Russia are your favorites according to Bodog's gambling odds. The U.S. is a 7/2 favorite. [Kuklas Korner]

• Using hindsight to look back on the selection of the Team Canada roster. [The Hockey Writers]

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Jaromir Jagr's(notes) mullet has been one of the lasting memories of the former NHLer, but who knew Michael Farber was such a big fan of his, ahem, backside. [SI]

• See? It's not just Sidney Crosby(notes) getting hassled for marriage requests. [Getty]

• Look, we're big T.J. Oshie(notes) fans here, but this interview between periods of a recent North Dakota Sioux game is pretty painful to watch and listen to. [Joe Sports Fan]

• The Nashville Predators have a new name for their home. Come March 2nd, they'll officially be playing in "Bridgestone Arena". [On the Forecheck]

• Breaking down the trade needs of the Western Conference. [Sportsnet]

Jeremy Roenick(notes): NBC analyst and rumor mongerer. The former NHLer said on a Chicago radio show yesterday that Jaroslav Halak(notes) of the Montreal Canadiens wants out and might be a better solution in goal for the Blackhawks instead of Cristobal Huet(notes) or Antti Niemi(notes). [ESPN Chicago]

• Thanks to everyone who attended the Kurtenblog-Puck Daddy viewing party of Finland-Sweden on Sunday night. Here's pictures of the fun, people and booze. [Kurtenblog]

• One of our former fantasy hockey writers, Rev. Zamboni, was in attendance for the AHL's first ever outdoor game at the New York State Fairgrounds between the Syracuse Crunch and Binghamton Senators. Pictures of the festivities included! [The Palm Isle]

• Finally, Herb Brooks impersonator, Josh Sacco, is in Vancouver doing video reports on the Olympics for the Nashville Predators website. Here's his latest at a dinner with Team USA the night before the game against Canada. Not shown, Sacco giving the team "the speech":

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