Greg Wyshynski

Puck Headlines: Red Wings' Holmstrom in, out or finished?

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Here are your Afternoon 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.

Tomas Holmstrom has an injury. We're sure of this. It is severe enough to keep him out of the Stanley Cup Finals? Is it enough to keep him out of Game 4? Is the fact that the Detroit Red Wings subbed Dan Cleary on the top line at practice today an indication they don't expect Homer to go on Saturday night? Then again, Coach Mike Babcock seems fairly confident he'll play. Confused? Yeah, so are we.

• The New Jersey Devils have signed a Finnish defenseman most fans have never heard of. Hopefully the translation of Anssi Salmela is "Brian Rafalski." [Fire & Ice]

• With his outstanding play in these playoffs, Marc-Andre Fleury "has arrived and he's here to stay." Yup ... just ask Cam Ward about that. [The Hockey News]

• My boys at the KB ask an interesting question: If Chris Osgood wins a third Stanley Cup in Detroit, could the Wings eventually raise his No. 30 to the rafters? [Orland Kurtenblog]

• We covered the news that Canadian teams are carrying a rather hefty load for the League revenue-wise. Tom Benjamin's assessment: "In other words, the Gary Bettman growth strategy continues to be a complete and utter failure." [Canucks Corner]

• Are Pittsburgh Penguins fans crossing the line in their ridicule of the Red Wings? [Barry Melrose Rocks]

• Finally, National Lampoon welcomes Doug Armstrong to the St. Louis Blues. "While I don't believe you to be a spy for the Dallas Stars, I'm not a fan of yours just yet." [National Lampoon Splog]

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