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Puck Headlines: NHL's money goalies; Brashear charms NY fans

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• More NHLPA upheaval: Glenn Healy resigns. [Dreger]

• Seth from Empty Netters offers a really interesting breakdown of goalie salaries in comparison to their actual success on the ice after Roberto Luongo's(notes) new 12-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks yesterday. Perhaps the first time this has been written in a Pittsburgh publication: "System or no system, Detroit's Chris Osgood(notes) is easily the best bargain among starting goaltenders." [Empty Netters]

Evgeni Malkin(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a speech to fans in Magnitogorsk during his Stanley Cup tour, receiving a mixed reaction as a guy who left for the U.S. It's in Russian, and PSAMP has the translation. [PSAMP]

• The Phil Kessel(notes) update: Teams sniffing around the RFA, the Boston Bruins saying they'd like him back and Kessel's camp saying that talk between the parties is nonexistent. [Boston Globe]

Andrew Cogliano(notes) of the Edmonton Oilers talks about being in the Dany Heatley(notes) trade offer, but Ethan Moreau(notes) talking about Andrew Cogliano is much more interesting: "He was pissed off, but instead of pouting he worked his ass off and he's going to show everyone that he won't be put in any trades again." [Edmonton Sun]

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• Speaking of Heatley, the Ottawa Senators are still trying to deal him but Bryan Murray is toying with the idea of a "drop dead date" for negotiations as training camp arrives. [Sun Media]

• Scandal! Levi Johnston says Sarah Palin is the hockey mom who almost never attended her son's hockey matches. Maybe she just saw the rink from her house ... [Herald]

• Luc Robitaille, in an interview about what Los Angeles Kings jersey was his favorite, drops a great little nugget about former owner Bruce McNall's decision to go silver and black: "I do believe, to this day, he changed the colors to help him get Wayne." [Inside The Kings]

• Try as they might to fight it, New York Rangers fans have fallen under the impish charms of Donald Brashear(notes). Especially when he threatens to beat up anyone booing him. [Blueshirts Blog]

• Really interesting words from Brian Rolston(notes) on this year's New Jersey Devils, including the fact that he was "was supposed to come in and be the first-line center" last season, and -- reading between the lines -- that the Parise/Zajac relationship may have kept him off. [Fire & Ice]

• Had a good chat with the Kurtenblog yesterday about Roberto Luongo's deal and the Phoenix mess. [KB Radio]

• Mirtle continues to find really nuggets in the Phoenix Coyotes court filings. Today's edition: Looking back at Jim Balsillie's bid for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and how the Hamilton option played into that process. [From The Rink]

• More hugs and kisses between the KHL and the NHL, as Traktor Chelyabinsk will not sue the Florida Panthers over 20-year-old winger Evgeny Dadonov. [Slap Shot]

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Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) visits a KHL fan reeducation facility admirers during Russian National Team orientation. [Getty]

• There's been some crummy attendance for the women's hockey championships in Canada this week. [Faceoff]

• NHL VP Bill Daly is making the media rounds today, and his XM Radio interview is an interesting listen regarding the Phoenix Coyotes, Versus and Paul Kelly. [XM Home Ice]

• Damien Cox rants about the Coyotes, the KHL, the NHLPA, the Olympics ... oh, and he claims that the hockey stinks again on the ice, too. [Toronto Star]

• Unsigned defenseman Dennis Seidenberg(notes) is skating with the Carolina Hurricanes. [N&O]

• With Luongo set for 13 years, where might goalie prospect Cory Schneider(notes) end up? The St. Louis Blues? The New Jersey Devils? [Heated Skates]

• Is Maxim Lapierre(notes) the most popular Montreal Canadiens player? [THN]

• In praise of the Detroit Red Wings' front office stability in keeping the talent flowing to the team. "Pavel Datsyuk, when we saw him, he was 5-9, hunched over, about 140 pounds ... But he had great hockey sense." Hunched over? Where'd they find him, a bell tower? [Snapshots]

• Kevin Allen reports that Manny Legace(notes), Mark Popovic(notes) and Dan Fritsche(notes) will head to Atlanta Thrashers camp, and is bullish in Nikolai Zherdev(notes) joining the team. [@kausatoday]

• Dmitry is hearing Eric Perrin(notes) of the Thrashers may be KHL bound. [@dchesnokov]

• Is GM Don Waddell the biggest dud in Atlanta sports? [AJC]

• Finally, completing our Thrashers coverage for the season day: It's a paintball game between players like Zach Bogosian(notes), team personnel and fans. For the record, the Leafs do something similar, only with live ammo.

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