Puck Headlines: No panic for Chicago; making Penner’s pancakes

Greg Wyshynski
January 10, 2012

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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• This was tweeted by George Richards of the Miami Herald last night with the message: "Watch those #NHL record books! #Canucks coach/staffer rips #Bruins Chara covers in #FlaPanthers press box." Draw your own conclusions. [@OnFrozenPond]

• Jonathan Toews said the Chicago Blackhawks are not "in a panic mode by any means" despite falling to fifth in the West. "We're not worrying about it. All the good teams go through stretches like this." [Between the Circles]

• Claude Giroux will be an All-Star. Scott Hartnell is having a career year. The Philadelphia Flyers coach says it's "criminal" if Hartnell isn't on the team. What, no Jagr? [Broad Street Bull]

• Brad Marchand says that despite his defiant comments in his blog last night, he understands what the NHL is trying to teach him via its 5-game suspension: "I have to do something else next time." [Bruins Blog]

• Finally … Jaroslav Halak … HAS COME BACK TO BELL CENTRE. [Gazette]

• Finally … Michal Roszival … HAS COME BACK TO MSG. [Daily News]

• No Pavel Datsyuk for the Detroit Red Wings tonight, as he battles a lower body injury. How did he get hurt? "It's secret information. KGB tell me, don't tell nobody." [Freep]

• Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott has received a stern phone call from the NHL to knock off the shenanigans. [Defending Big D]

• The Phoenix Coyotes have claimed Gilbert Brule on waivers from the Edmonton Oilers, because one project with a slim chance of ever succeeding in the NHL deserves another. [QMI]

• So this is what has become of Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres. [Buffalo News]

• Down Goes Brown with a hilarious midseason mark winners/losers post. "Loser: Columbus Blue Jackets - General manager Scott Howson has been so inundated with around-the-clock phone calls about trading star winger Rick Nash to a contending team that he eventually had to tell Rick Nash to stop phoning him." [DGB]

• The Minnesota Wild need more goals from Dany Heatley: "Heatley is capable of carrying a team with his scoring. The Wild is 10-2-1 when he scores. Four of his goals have tied the score. He has three game-winning goals and scored six times in the third period, both team highs. The Wild needs more of that. Heatley knows it, but he's also careful not to force it." [Star Tribune]

• No, seriously, whoever created this on All Recipes in honor of Dustin Penner is a friggin' genius. [All Recipes]

• The Tampa Bay Lightning are wary about losing defensive ace Adam Hall for an extended period of time. [Lightning Strikes]

• The strugglin' Edmonton Oilers won't have defenseman Tom Gilbert until February. [Copper and Blue]

• Justin Bourne teaches you how to play wing in the D-zone better than he ever did. [Backhand Shelf]

• The lessons the Washington Capitals can learn from their unsuccessful power play. [Japers' Rink]

• How Tim Thomas is the Voltron of legendary goalies. [Sportsnet]

• The Oilers will miss Jordan Eberle for 2-3 weeks with a sprained knee. [Oil Patch]

• The St. Louis Blues mourn the passing of former GM Ron Caron. [Blues]

• Steve Simmons on Jonas Gustavsson of the Toronto Maple Leafs not digging his "Monster" nickname: "It's not like I go around and call myself that when I'm with new people. It's one of those names. If you have a good game, media can use that, and if you have a bad one, media can use that, too. For me, I don't really care about it ... I don't have a problem with that." [Slam]

• The five most annoying tweeters during a sporting event. [Hairballs, s/t Wayne]

• If you're a hockey blogger, you can probably relate. [Tapeleg]

• Finally, via Leahy, watch until the 1:17 mark; that's where you see what not to do to a referee.