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Puck Headlines: NBC wins Olympic rights; assistant coach Brind’Amour

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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• We've seen a lot of twins during these playoffs and we still prefer the ones that were found next to the San Jose Sharks' penalty box in Round 3. [Getty]

• The IOC announced that NBC has retained the rights to the next four Olympic Games, including the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics. What does this mean for the NHL now? We'll have more on this later. [MSNBC]

• Vancouver's disappearing act in Game 3 last night is nothing new in these playoffs. [Vancouver Sun]

• Nick Cotsonika on Horton/Rome and Game 3 for the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks. [Y! Sports]

• Bruins coach Claude Julien expressed his displeasure last night with Mark Recchi and Milan Lucic's finger mockery during scrums last night. "I said [Monday] morning that I wouldn't accept it on our team. It happened a couple of times [Monday night]. They've been told that I don't want any of that stuff. You've got to live by your words. It was disappointing for me to see that happen after what I said this morning, but part of it is my fault for not bringing it up [enough] to the guys. They did it. Emotions got the better of them." [NESN]

• Mike Murphy met with the media this afternoon and said that the next finger mocking incident will result in a two minute minor and a 10 minute misconduct. [@Real_ESPNLeBrun]

• With Nathan Horton now out of the lineup, enter Tyler Seguin ... again. [Boston Globe]

• Good news: Horton has been released from the hospital and is now home. [@GlobeFluto]

• "Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that Dave Lewis and Rod Brind'Amour have each been named to the team's coaching staff for the 2011-12 season. In addition, Rutherford announced that Ron Francis has been named director of hockey operations and Tom Rowe has been added to the team's pro scouting department." We imagine Rod the Bod will now make 25 pushups on the spot mandatory for any turnover next season. [Hurricanes]

• After seeing the amount of tickets that hit the secondary market over the weekend, True North has begun canceling the accounts of those that didn't comply with the purchasing process. [Winnipeg Free Press]

• According to Forbes, 18 of the 30 NHL teams increased their attendance numbers from the 2009-10 season. Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Nashville all saw rises in tickets sold, while nine teams saw a decline. [Forbes]

• Zdeno Chara, Shane Doan and Nicklas Lidstrom are your Mark Messier Leadership Award finalists. [NHL]

• Former teammates in New York, Bryan Berard reached out to Manny Malhotra after the Canucks' forward suffered his eye injury in March. [NY Daily News]

• "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed assistant coaches Tony Granato, Todd Reirden and Gilles Meloche and strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar to multi-year contract extensions, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. The Penguins also signed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach John Hynes and his assistant, Alain Nasreddine, to multi-year contract extensions." [Penguins]

• Notre Dame is looking to move out of the CCHA and into Hockey East. [New England Hockey Journal]

• Former NHL bench boss Ted Nolan talks about coaching again. [Times & Transcript]

• Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos is stepping down from his CEO role at CompuWare and staying on as an executive chairman. He said he's looking to retire in 2013. [Business Week]

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• Voting is now open for the Derek Boogaard Memorial Logo contest. This one is our favorite. [NY Rangers Blog]

• Down Goes Brown reveals some hidden playoff injuries: "Philadelphia Flyers - In a strange coincidence, all three of our goalies had badly torn rotator cuffs in their "fishing the puck out of the net" shoulders."  [DGB]

• Why the Columbus Blue Jackets need to make some noise in the month of June. [Columbus Dispatch]

• Jeff Skinner is featured on the Seventeen website and you can vote on what suit he wears to the NHL Awards on June 22. [Seventeen]

• Game 6 of the AHL's Calder Cup is tonight and the Binghamton Senators hold a 3-2 series lead over the Houston Aeros. The Houston Chronicle and Binghamton Press have your previews.

• A fan attended an NAHL game in February and during an intermission contest flew a paper airplane through the sunroof of a car, which meant he won the Chevy Cobalt. He's now suing the car dealer for refusing to pay up his end of the deal. [Courthouse News]

• Finally, E3 kicked off yesterday and the EA Sports released a few minutes of live gameplay from the Winter Classic in NHL 12:

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