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Puck Headlines: Memorial Cup kicks off; Alternate NHL awards

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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• The MasterCard Memorial Cup kicks off Friday with coverage on NHL Network featuring the champions of the OHL (Windsor Spitfires), QMJHL (Moncton Wildcats), WHL (Calgary Hitmen) and the tournament host (Brandon Wheat Kings). For all your junior hockey needs, be sure to check out Y! Sports Canada's newest blog, Buzzing the Net led by the great Neate Sager. They'll be live chatting during Friday night's opening game between Windsor and Brandon at 8 p.m. ET. [Buzzing the Net]

• Dirk Hoag unveils the fifth annual "Alternative NHL Awards" given to those players who've spent the most time in the penalty box for specific infractions. Among the winners include Montreal Canadiens defenseman Roman Hamrlik(notes), who led the NHL in "Delay of Game -- Over the Glass" penalties with five, and Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows, who was caught interfering with goaltenders six times. [On the Forecheck]

• Elliotte Friedman stumps for Montreal Canadiens assistant coach Kirk Muller to take over one of the NHL's head coaching vacancies. [CBC]

• Also from the CBC, during two radio interviews this week, Don Cherry backed Winnipeg as an NHL city and even said he'd invest some of his own money should a prospective owner approach him.

• It's official: Sidney Crosby(notes) is moving out of Mario Lemieux's basement and become a homeowner. [Post-Gazette]

• Our buddy Dave Pagnotta reports that Steve Yzerman has stepped out of the running to become general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. [The Fourth Period]

• What Allan Walsh wants, Allan Walsh gets. After going off on the Lightning for not agreeing to cover the medical costs for Stephane Veilleux's(notes) shoulder surgery, the team announced that the matter has been resolved and a grievance will not be filed. [Lightning Strikes]

• Great piece by Craig Custance on how the Predators have helped those affected by the recent flooding in Nashville. He also finds out what would have happened had the Predators advanced to the second round with Bridgestone Arena under water. [Sporting News]

• In World Championships news, Evgeni Malkin(notes) and Sergei Gonchar(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins will be joining the Russian team this week in Germany, while Team USA opens its relegation-round games Saturday morning against Kazakhstan.

• Daryl Jones of Ice Edge Holdings was on the 590 in Toronto this morning and expressed his displeasure with the journalistic skills of the Globe & Mail's David Shoalts. [Fan590]

• Roy McGregor examines coaching systems in the NHL. [Globe & Mail]

• It looks as if the Carolina Hurricanes are cornering the market on Staals. Thursday, the team acquired Jared Staal from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a 2010 fifth-round pick. Friday, it signed the 19-year old forward to a three-year entry level contract. [Hurricanes]

• Jamie Bell looks at players declining invitations to play for their country. [TSN]

• Now that Graham James has been found in Mexico, Winnipeg police expect to talk with disgraced former junior hockey coach. [Montreal Gazette]

• Breaking down the San Jose-Chicago conference final. Our preview of this series will run on Saturday. [Second City Hockey]

• Focusing on special teams as a key in the Sharks-Blackhawks series. [Fear the Fin]

• Why Roberto Luongo(notes) shouldn't be blamed and Kris Letang(notes) is overrated. [Die By the Blade]

• What record is Mike Cammalleri chasing? [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

Shane O'Brien(notes) talks about his future with the Vancouver Canucks. [Nucks Misconduct]

• Taking a look at the Pittsburgh Penguins roster for next season. [PensBurgh]

• Finally, Montreal Canadiens fans have started a petition to get Annakin Slayd's "Feels like '93" remix played inside Bell Centre. Take a listen:

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