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Puck Headlines: Ovechkin avoids suspension; Hawks injured

Greg Wyshynski
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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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• Sportsnet reports that Alexander Ovechkin's alleged "slewwwwwwww foooooot" on Rich Peverley(notes) of the Atlanta Thrashers will result in a fine for the Washington Capitals superstar but not a suspension. Huh ... who knew Ovechkin would be fined for another player leaving his feet? [Sportsnet, and the Puck Daddy post where the"slewwwwwwww foooooot" meme originated.]

Jamal Mayers(notes) spray-painted his face to resemble the Michael Jackson and Mike Komisarek(notes) came dressed as Venus Williams. No, not an NAACP fundraiser; a Toronto Maple Leafs Halloween party! [Toronto Star]

Chris Chelios(notes) had an offer earlier this year to play for the New York Rangers' AHL affiliate in Hartford, but turned it down. He hopes the Rangers take a look at him again during his tenure with the Chicago Wolves; Michael Del Zotto(notes) and Matt Gilroy(notes) probably hope they don't. [NY Post]

• Could Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) become the next $100 million player in the NHL for the Atlanta Thrashers? You can make the argument he's worth the money, but it's hard to put "gate attraction" as part of that argument if the Thrash haven't really drawn with him starring for the team, isn't it? [CBC Sports]

Jonathan Toews(notes) and Brent Seabrook(notes) are missing from Chicago Blackhawks practice after suffering concussion-ish injuries against the Vancouver Canucks. [Between The Circles]

• Looking at Brendan Shanahan(notes) and if the Boston Bruins might be interested in him. His agent said one team is sniffing around Shanny, and it's not the B's. [Boston Globe]

• In case you haven't heard about it, a writer at The Bleacher Report plagiarized our post yesterday on the rookie of the year race in a rather amusing way. It actually read like Puck Daddy Mad-Libs, in which words and phrases were replaced by blogger David Carter, but the flow of the article was intact. Dave Finocchio, co-founder of Bleacher Report, sent the following in an apology: "We have suspended the writer's publishing priveleges (sic), and we will closely monitor any work he submits to his profile page. If there is a second instance of abuse, his account will be detailed." Carter hasn't emailed us yet; we can only assume he's waiting for Puck Daddy to publish an apology letter to itself for inspiration. [Hockey or Die]

• John Tortorella isn't exactly pleased with the New York Rangers' secondary scoring, which means he's not exactly pleased with Christopher Higgins(notes). [Daily News]

David Clarkson(notes) of the New Jersey Devils was under the impression that he'd be a power forward on the UFA market next summer; until he discovered that he's actually wearing RFA shackles and Lou Lamoriello is holding the chain. [Fire & Ice]

• Really great look at Tampa Bay Lightning coach Rick Tocchet's efforts to turn the team around. [Lightning Strikes]

• Jason Kay is celebrating his 20th year with The Hockey News with 20 memories from that impressive run. Some really great puckhead nostalgia here. [THN]

• Speaking of THN, more from Ken Campbell on the NHLPA investigation. [THN]

Sidney Crosby(notes) steps up for the NHLPA: "[Crosby] raised his voice last Sunday on a union conference call and firmly told interim executive director Ian Penny to hang up the phone because union members wanted to have a players-only discussion." [Snapshots and Toronto Star]

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• Kevin Johnson, who'll fight Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title in December, hangs with kids at a hockey rink and was immediately signed by Brian Burke. [Getty]

• William Houston torches the Globe & Mail and CTV -- including hockey-centric personalities like Michael Landsberg and James Duthie of TSN, and Stephen Brunt of The Globe and Mail -- for agreeing to carry the Olympic torch before the Vancouver 2010 Games. [Truth and Rumours]

• Speaking Landsberg, we received word that Jeremy Roenick(notes) is going to have a regular gig with Off The Record on TSN this season. Coolness.

• Somehow, someway, #Kylewellwoodissofat has become a trending topic on Twitter today. Our contribution to the art: "Kyle Wellwood Is So Fat the Canucks changed their logo to Kyle Wellwood(notes) jumping out of a giant 'C.'" [What The Hashtag?]

• The lead graphics on Mile High Hockey's preview of the Carolina Hurricanes vs. the Colorado Avalanche made us more than chuckle. [MHH]

• What the heck is wrong with the Hurricanes, by the way? "The term ‘panic button' is being thrown around the Caniac Nation quite a bit lately. Some are ready to push it now and others want to wait. But when is the right time for the coaching staff and for management to be concerned enough to do something? Is 8 -10 games into the season too early to be proactive?" [Canes Country]

• And what the heck is wrong with the Minnesota Wild defense, by the way? Adam Gretz investigates. [FanHouse]

• If you want hockey swagger, Sauce Hockey claims it can give you hockey swagger. Shane Doan(notes) approves. [Sauce]

• NHL.com lovefest for the Pittsburgh Penguins' hot start. [NHL.com]

• The puck is in the Vancouver Canucks' rink for keeping Ryan Kesler(notes) or losing him to free-agency. [Province]

• Finally, via 25Stanley.com, the Montreal Canadiens try to do the impossible:

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