Puck Headlines: Messier takes over Canada; A Daigle sighting

Sean Leahy
December 8, 2009

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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-According to Darren Dreger, Hockey Canada will name Mark Messier general manager of its 2010 World Championships team on Wednesday. Messier will replace Doug Armstrong who guided Team Canada to a silver medal in 2009. [TSN]

-Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt(notes) was hit by a car this morning in Philadelphia. Witt was unhurt. No word on the damage to the car. [Newsday]

-Former NHL goaltender Dan Cloutier(notes) was suspended for one-game by the American Hockey League for receiving a match penalty in his debut for the Rockford Ice Dogs Hogs. Cloutier punched Guillaume Desbiens(notes) during a scrum on Sunday afternoon. [SLAM! Sports]

-If you were wondering what 1993 No. 1 overall pick Alexandre Daigle is up to, other than playing hockey in Switzerland, the former Ottawa Senator was named to Canada's Spengler Cup roster yesterday. [Hockey Canada]

-Highly touted Vancouver Canucks prospect Cody Hodgson(notes) has pulled out of Canada's World Junior tryout camp due to continued back issues. [Vancouver Sun

-New Jersey head coach Jacques Lemaire believes that what makes Martin Brodeur's(notes) achievement of tying Terry Sawchuk's all-time shutouts record is that it's tougher to keep an opponent scoreless in this NHL. [NJ.com]

-What's better than a brawl among pantsless, hockey parents? [Buffalo News via Last Angry Fan]

-In case you missed it, former Detroit Red Wing Darren McCarty(notes) announced his retirement yesterday. More on him later. [NHLPA]

-After being told he needed to shoot more by head coach Rick Tocchet, Steven Stamkos(notes) was held shotless by the Washington Capitals and benched for the final seven minutes of the game. [St. Petersburg Times]

-How the NHL standings would look minus the charity point. [Ryan Classic]

-Los Angeles Kings host Heidi Androl was arrested on suspicion of DUI Monday morning after driving 35 mph on the California Freeway. The Kings gave her the night off during last night's game against Calgary. [LA Times]

-As we noted yesterday, last night was "Star Wars Night" at Scottrade Center in St. Louis and fans who dressed in costume could purchase a lower bowl ticket for half price. Matt Sebek over at Joe Sports Fan came across this dedicate fan of both the Blues and Darth Maul:

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-Looking forward to what Sharks prospect Logan Couture(notes) can bring. [Fear the Fin]

-Justin Bourne's latest blog "Entitlement vs. Reality" is a must read. [The Hockey News]

-Another must read: Scott Burnside's tear-jerker about St. Louis Blues outgoing GM Larry Pleau. [ESPN]

-Fantasy studs on the Minnesota Wild not named Gaborik? Can it be? [Daily Faceoff]

-Examing last night's healthy scratch of Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour(notes). [News Observer]

-Following that, calling for a shakeup of the 'Canes roster. [SportsJudge]

-Debating the Hall of Fame credentials of Mats Sundin(notes) and Pierre Turgeon(notes). [Scotty Wazz]

-Finally, thanks to Rock the Red for passing long this video clip of "Sports Jobs with Junior Seau" that will air tomorrow night featuring the current NFL'er as an equipment manager for the Washington Capitals: