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Greg Wyshynski
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Here are your Morning 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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• The Detroit Red Wings 2007-08 Stanley Cup champions rings look like they cost more than the Coyotes are currently worth. Captain Nicklas Lidstrom explains the solemn ceremony during which the Wings received their rings: "They showed the highlights, and then they had girls with big trays with all the rings on them, and when it was all over, they all walked out to each table and handed all the boxes out." Girls ... big trays ... boxes ... got it. [Freep]

• One Buffalo Sabres fan makes the case that losing means more to fan loyalty than winning. "Are Yankees fans as loyal as Cub fans? I think not. Are Patriots fans as loyal as Bills fans, are Red Wings fans as devoted as Sabres fans? The answer is a resounding no. We can't have our squads win it all, for if they do the mystique will vanish. The persecution complex that we all love to embrace will disappear." [Buffalo News]

• The New York Rangers are slumping, and Mats Sundin will be in New York this weekend. Coincidence? Totally. But it doesn't mean something couldn't happen between the two parties later this month. [Rangers Report]

Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis on Mats Sundin: "[Pursuing him] hasn't been a relentless, daily thing for me." He prefers to call it "negotiational stalking." [Vancouver Sun]

• A look at the Edmonton Oilers' "three-headed goaltending monster" of Dwayne Roloson, Mathieu Garon and Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers. Also a three-headed monster: King Ghidorah. [NHL.com]

• The Top 10 hockey books of 2008. Sadly, "The Erotic Awakening of Bruce Boudreau" is scheduled for 2009. [Joe Pelletier]

• Hey, remember the St. Louis Blues "fan bailout plan" in which the team was going to cover someone's mortgage payments for four months? Say hello to Jeff and Pam Hicks of Alton, IL, who hit the jackpot at a recent game. [Blues]

• U.S.S. Hal Gill is in dry dock for two-to-four weeks with a bum shoulder. [Penguins]

Pavol Demitra is getting the scapegoat thing with the Canucks, as the free-agent forward slumps offensively. [National Post]

• Jibblescribbits presents the Colorado Avalanche's three stars so far this season. Man, what does Brother Budaj have to do to earn some respect up in here? [Jibblescribbits]

• Really interesting piece by Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch about how the dazzling end-to-end offensive defensemen like Paul Coffey are gone. Or, as the subhead puts it, "An evolving game now designed to limit open ice means dominant offensive defensemen are rare." Covering the Columbus Blue Jackets blue line certainly leaves one jaded, huh? [Dispatch, and more from Snapshots]

• New York Post headline: "RANGERS TRY TO FORGET BEATINGS." Surprisingly, this isn't a story about Troy Mallette and Dale Purinton. [NY Post]

• Finally, at the risk of running two Scott Hartnell stories back-to-back (stay tuned, please), here's the Philadelphia Flyers forward giving us the Bobby Flay treatment with a cooking segment for NHL Network:

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