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Puck Headlines: Significant injury updates; Capitals face ‘24/7' selves

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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• It's the official Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) T-shirt! "Koeberle & Associates, in association with Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, is pleased to announce the release of his officially licensed t-shirt called ‘A Winter's Fleury'. The T-shirt features a custom photo of Marc-Andre shot by noted Pittsburgh photographer Duane Rieder." Looks cool, but it's about three wolves and a moon away from being awesome.

• More Pittsburgh Penguins: Comparing the 2010 model with the 1993 Mario/Jagr model. [Pens Universe]

• Speaking of Mario, the rosters for the Winter Classic alumni game are official. Gary Roberts(notes) is on the Penguins. Why even play the game when you already know the result? [NHL]

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• Pins and needles time for St. Louis Blues fans, as defenseman Erik Johnson(notes) is undergoing a series of tests after injuring his leg against the Detroit Red Wings. [Post Dispatch]

• Meanwhile. St. Louis Game Time is asking if there's a hex on the team considering how many injuries the Blues have suffered, and if so how to remedy it. [St. Louis Game Time]

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger's(notes) injured right foot is X-rayed, with results expected on Friday. Thankfully, it appears his elbow is intact. [Philly.com]

• All that optimism about Patrick Kane(notes) returning for the Chicago Blackhawks disappeared rather abruptly as his bum ankle acted up in practice. [Between The Circles]

• Good news from VERSUS: "VERSUS averaged 750,000 viewers for the Pittsburgh Penguins/Philadelphia Flyers telecast on Tuesday, December 14, making it the most-watched regular-season game in network history and surpassing the previous high set by the same two teams in this year's season-opener on October 7, 2010 (730,000 viewers). The telecast, which peaked at nearly one million viewers between 9:15-9:30 p.m. ET, was the most-watched NHL regular-season game on cable since December 2003."

• The NHL's Top Six Cheap Shot Artists. And Matt Cooke(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins fails to top the list! [Pegasus News]

• Adam Proteau on the Dion Phaneuf(notes) trade: "Ridding the Flames of Phaneuf's contract only made sense if Sutter was wise in re-distributing the money that was saved in the deal. But Sutter was not wise in that regard. The trade was a crystal clear case of him cutting off his nose to spite his face - and instead of listening to the outcry that followed the cutting, Sutter caressed the lopped-off schnozz like a Faberge Egg and now holds it high over his head with a perverse sense of pride." [THN]

• Erin Nicks with some tantalizing blind items about the Ottawa Senators general manager and coaching replacements. [The Universal Cynic]

• Great list of NHL charity initiatives for the holiday season. [NHL]

• Wondering aloud what the New York Rangers did to anger the hockey gods. [NY Mag]

• Interesting take from Ralph Strangis, Dallas Stars play-by-play man, on realignment for the team: "We need to be realigned. It's a business issue really. If you're in the West - you have travel issues. I believe ours are greater than most - but let's table that for the moment. Our biggest problem is that half of our road starts are at 9:00 or later in Dallas. For example - Monday's game in San Jose was just terrific - but how many of you actually were up to see all of it? I can't stay up and watch the Rangers when they're out west in the summer - and I don't have to get up early the next day. For us to continue to grow our television audience - we have to have more 6 and 7:00 starts. I would propose 3 divisions - 10 teams each - aligned by time zone - or something like that. And I would also like to see a more balanced schedule that includes seeing all opponents." [Dallas Morning News]

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• Down Goes Brown zoomed in on the whiteboard that Bourne broke down earlier today, and look what he found! [DGB]

Steve Begin(notes) is back, up with the Nashville Predators at Patric Hornqvist(notes) battles an upper body injury. [On the Forecheck]

• Earl Sleek's preview for the Anaheim Ducks and the New York Islanders, featuring another brilliant cartoon. [Battle of Cali]

Tyler Seguin(notes) is a game-time decision for the Boston Bruins, but since they didn't generate a ton of offense with him as a healthy scratch he should return. [Bruins Blog]

• "The American Hockey League announced today that Olaf Kolzig(notes) and Nick Kypreos will serve as the honorary captains at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross, to be held January 30-31 at Giant Center in Hershey, Pa." So no Kolzig in the Capitals alumni game at the Winter Classic, but doing the AHL All-Star Game. OK then. [AHL]

• Japers' Rink feels that context is key for the Washington Capitals, on the ice and on the TV. [Japers' Rink]

• Finally, here are Alex Ovechkin(notes), Mike Green(notes), Bruce Boudreau and others reacting to the first episode of "24/7 Penguins Capitals."

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