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Puck Headlines: Suck It Phaneuf update; big NBC ratings; hockey games at midnight

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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• Via Broad Street Hockey and Reddit Hockey, a Scott Hartnell autograph: "It's sideways, but you can figure it out. It's an autograph, and the guy asked him to sign it with "#SuckItPhaneuf." According to the user on Reddit, who's friends with the guy that got this autograph, Hartnell had to ask how Phaneuf is spelled."

Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller, Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler and Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Feb. 19. [NHL]

• Eugene Melnyk on Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators: "I think over time, he'll go down in history as one of the great defencemen of all time." Sadly, no follow up to ask "at doing what, exactly?" [Senators Extra]

• The Senators eked out a 6-0 win over the Islanders today, thanks in part to two Karlsson goals. He IS good! [Y!]

• Michael Farber talks to the pieces of meat, a.k.a. NHL players available at the trade deadline. [SI]

• Martin Brodeur's 81-year-old father was "diagnosed with a serious condition that required him to undergo brain surgery on Friday." The New Jersey Devils goalie said that playing through this has been therapeutic. [Fire & Ice]

• Great news for NBC, not all that great for those that fear more blackouts for regional NHL coverage on Sundays: ratings were through the roof for Hockey Day in America's early games. [Puck The Media]

• Keep this in mind for your various San Jose Sharks trade scenarios: Martin Havlat could be back in the lineup for by mid-March. [CSN Bay Area]

• Vinny Lecavalier has an upper body injury of some sort that the Tampa Bay Lightning are mum about. [Lightning Strikes]

• The fan's guide to proper hockey behavior at a game. You had us until "two drink maximum." [Above The Glass]

• Jamie Benn and Sheldon Souray are working their way back from injury for the Dallas Stars. [Dallas Stars Blog]

• Dale Hunter likes the look of Jay Beagle, Jeff Halpern and Joel Ward as his fourth line. That's a bit of money the Caps have invested in one of those players to be a fourth liner. [Capitals Insider]

• Pavel Kubina would like to be a Philadelphia Flyer beyond this rental period. [Broad Street Bull]

• Too bad Ty Conklin didn't have a no-movement clause because he could have ConkBlocked waivers. [Red Wings]

• Sean Avery hasn't suited up for the CT Whale since the AHL All-Star break, and isn't expected to do so any time soon. [NYR Blog]

• Paul Gaustad on the Buffalo Sabres and the trade deadline: "I've always wanted to be a Sabre and win in Buffalo. … I've come to grow up here and my adult life has been in Western New York. Winning here is one of my main goals in hockey." [Buffalo News]

• "While the Tampa Bay Lightning's injury situation has certainly improved as of late, the team received news that defenseman Mattias Ohlund, who has missed each of the Lightning's 58 games this season, will have major surgery performed on his left knee that has had him sidelined since early October." [Lightning]

• The Los Angeles Kings and the curse of "Ocean's 11". We had no idea either. [White Cover Magazine]

• How to Make Yourself an NHL Twitter "Insider": the E.K.L.U.N.D. System. [On The Forecheck]

• Finally, the Las Vegas Wranglers continued their annual tradition of midnight hockey games with their "Midnight Circus" victory over Utah. We love this to no end:

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