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Puck Headlines: Rick Rypien reactions, Leonsis calls out Capitals

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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• Ted Leonsis on his struggling Washington Capitals: "We aren't a very good team right now. We have a lot of work to do in practice. We have to heal up as we seem to lose a player in every game to injury that jumbles up the lines. We are what our record says we are and right now, we are just an average NHL team." [Ted's Take]

• Meanwhile, the Capitals are missing Mike Green(notes) like Mike Green misses his rockstar sunglasses. [Capitals Insider]

• Oilers president Patrick LaForge says the Edmonton Oilers will be the first Canadian National Hockey League team to have cheerleaders. Team officials immediately had to contact former owner Peter Pocklington and explain that it's not the kind of pyramid scheme he thinks it is. [CP]

• Is it better for NHL goal reviews to be fast or to be thorough, and are they mutually exclusive? Because the review in last night's New York Islanders/Tampa Bay Lightning OT was about 10 minutes long. [Lightning Strikes]

Boston Bruins tough guy Brian McGrattan(notes) on the Rick Rypien(notes) 6-game suspension: "You look at a guy, that if I did that, or [Derek] Boogaard or [Colton] Orr or 'Thorty' [Shawn Thornton(notes)] did that, would it be six games or would it be 15? So I don't know, I think he deserves more. Just for the fact that if a legit tough guy in the league or someone who really plays that big enforcer role did that, I think it would be more." [ESPN Boston]

• From a Minnesota Wild blog, why the NHL got the Rypien suspension wrong. As in, way too lenient: "Clearly the three, four, even seven game suspensions for physical interaction with fans are not getting the message across. It was time for the league to make it clear just how serious it was against ending these types of incidents." [Hockey Wilderness]

• Hockey Joe doesn't like the fact this suspension matches the one for Sean Avery(notes) in the Sloppy Seconds affair: "Like it or not, the NHL has now made it so that grabbing a fan in the stands counts as much as hurling insults on camera and for the league, that might be the worst PR out of all this." [PHT]

• "The lawyer for convicted sex offender Graham James, wanted on a Canada-wide warrant issued more than a week ago, says the former junior hockey coach remains committed to addressing nine new charges." [CBC Sports]

• Again: Despite Rypien, the NHL is a special sport for the fan/team relationship. Witness the Detroit Red Wings, who will change the color of a seat in their arena from red to orange in honor of a fan who passed away, one that was famous for wearing an orange ski cap to the games. [Freep, via Puck Buddy Phil]

• A bunch of Canadians predict how lockouts in American sports will affect the NHL. [Globe & Mail]

• Ryan Kennedy defends the Bettman Expansion Era: "In an ironic twist, Gary Bettman's foray into expansion and non-traditional hockey markets has reaped something far more altruistic than padding the already fat stacks of wealthy businessmen; it's given kids from everywhere in America the dream of a life on ice." [THN]

• Down Goes Brown on NHL milestones: "Chris Osgood - Is only three wins away from joining the exclusive '400 career wins despite being completely terrible' club." [DGB]

• There were reports all over the place about Tuukka Rask(notes) getting the start instead of Tim Thomas(notes) last night, and that proved incorrect. Rear Admiral is steamed: "If you're a journo following the team, don't incorrectly Tweet who is going to start if you don't know for sure. Sure, the coach and Tuukka Rask allegedly had some fun at the beat guys' expense. Still, nobody ever definitively said that he was starting so it shouldn't be reported as such...even on Twitter. MFers are betting on these games, homes. Can't be sending out tainted info to the Gambling-American community. It's rather insensitive." [Barstool]

• Tie Domi's son was suspended eight games for fighting. But Bob McKenzie writes that you'd be wrong to judge the kid based on that news. [TSN]

• How New York Rangers Hobbit Wizard Mats Zuccarello(notes)-Aasen is faring. [Scotty Hockey]

Marian Hossa(notes) talks about his hot start with the Chicago Blackhawks and what kind of difference winning the Cup made: "That's a big weight off my shoulders. I feel more relaxed now, just having fun again. I was trying to have fun before but answering all the questions after each game wasn't that much fun. I knew I had to deal with that, but now it's much more fun because nobody is going to be asking those questions anymore." []

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• Pittsburgh Sports and Mini-Ponies had this great moment in unlicensed Pittsburgh Sports memorabilia featuring Evgeni Malkin(notes) and Soviet propaganda. [PSMP]

• Please set your laughter setting on "stifle" as you read the following news about Olli Jokinen(notes) being benched by Brent Sutter for the Calgary Flames: "He's considered to be a top player. ... We need him to be that for us. But again, it's all our top players. We need them to bring their game every night for us and rise to the occasion. That's something to be proud of. That's something to know you're looked at that way." [Flames Insider]

• The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2010 -- Art Berglund, Derian Hatcher(notes), Kevin Hatcher, Dr. V. George Nagobads and Jeremy Roenick(notes) -- was formally enshrined on Thursday night. This link has bios and video with the inductees. Congrats to all. [Sabres]

• This might shock and amaze you, but Roenick was overemotional at the induction. []

• Much respect for Colton Orr(notes) for this fight with Derek Boogaard(notes). Or as Pierre McGuire slurred it: "Serriousss courage bah Coltonorr ..." [YouTube]

Dustin Byfuglien(notes), Ben Eager(notes), Andrew Ladd(notes) and Brent Sopel(notes) were given their Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup rings, and assistant coach John Torchetti also was presented with one. [ESPN Chicago]

Nigel Dawes(notes) goes down to the Chicago Wolves. [Thrashers]

• Mike Chen steals all of our ideas we never act on: The aggregate Power Rankings from several NHL media sources. [From The Rink]

• Helene Elliott on the Life In Hockeywood Podcast. One of the smartest people in hockey, bar none. [LiH]

• Finally, another instant classic Jack Edwards moment from last night's Bruins game (via Tyler F.)

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