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Puck Headlines: Suspension debates; 100 reasons to love Habs

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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Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla(notes), San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton(notes) and New York Rangers right wing Marian Gaborik(notes) have been named the NHL 'Three Stars' for November. [NHL]

• TSN's 100 reasons to love the Montreal Canadiens as their centennial birthday nears. Perhaps the only list in history to include Guy Lafleur's Disco Album and smoked meat. [TSN]

• Seth from Empty Netters believes that if Alex Ovechkin(notes) isn't suspended, the fix is in, referencing that favorite moment for tinfoil-hat wearers everywhere: The NHL's quasi-suspension of Detroit Red Wings players for not attending the all-star game. "Imagine that, you can be suspended for not going to a meet-and-greet with some boozy Bud Light executive, but intentionally injuring an opponent is not a problem assuming you score enough goals." [Empty Netters]

• Scott Burnside is a divisive writer, but his piece on Ovechkin changing his style last night was a good read and ahead of the curve. [ESPN]

• Puck Stops Here writes: "Borderline players tend to get more suspensions and be suspended for longer periods of time then do stars." Of course, borderline players tend be players who dabble in the dark arts of suspension-worthy acts. [TPSH]

• James Gordon makes the argument that the winner of the Dany Heatley(notes) trade "will ultimately be determined by team performance, not individuals." So the bar is set where for the Senators? Second round of the playoffs? [Ottawa Citizen]

• Making the absolutely preposterous case that Keith Ballard(notes) should be suspended by the NHL: "Had this happened on the street, it would have been grounds for assault. Had Ballard done it to an opposing player, he probably would be sitting out for a very, very long time. But because it was an accident that happened with a teammate, I wonder if he will see any punishment at all? My question is, should he?" Our answer: No. If he's suspended, it shouldn't be from the NHL. It should be from the Panthers. [The Grinder]

• David Shoalts reports that David Freeman, chairman of the Nashville Predators, has a $3.35-million tax lien on his house. A few paragraphs after that news, attendance struggles and money owed to creditors comes Freeman's claim that his cash-flow issues have to do with former co-owner/current crook Boots Del Biaggio's stake being held up in bankruptcy court. [Globe & Mail]

• Really interesting piece about whether the Phoenix Coyotes should be "rebranded" once new ownership takes over. It's not a bad idea, although the team's uniform history doesn't exactly inspire much confidence. [Five For Howling]

• If you can find a better headline than "The Leafs Haven't Won Since Pamela Anderson Was A Virgin," we'd like to see it. [Dennis Kane]

Bobby Sanguinetti(notes) is sent down to Hartford by the New York Rangers. [Wolfpack]

Los Angeles Kings Coach Terry Murray gives the Anaheim Ducks some love for their recent play heading into their rivalry game. [LA Kings Insider]

• The Columbus Blue Jackets lose defenseman Rostislav Klesla(notes) for four to six weeks after suffering a torn groin. Best defenseman on the team this season. That hurts. [Puck-rakers]

Joe Corvo's(notes) leg was cut by Karl Alzner's(notes) skate. Now, he's out 8-12 weeks for the Carolina Hurricanes. [NHL]

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• Here we were, all prepared to goof on this Sarah Palin autographed puck that's going for $9,000 on eBay ("I can see rubber from my house!"), and then we have to go and read that it's "to benefit a young girl and her family in their battle with leukemia." Best of luck on the auction. [eBay]

• Eric Engels makes the call for "a piece of equipment that specifically covers from the back of the knee, down to the heel of a skate" to prevent some really nasty injuries. [HockeyBuzz, beware annoying auto-play video]

• Nice piece by Rory Boylen on Chris Butler(notes), the young Buffalo Sabres defenseman who is leading the team in ice time with Tyler Myers(notes). [THN]

• Honey, can you go over to the Maple Leaf Gardens and pick me up a frozen burrito? [CP]

• An, ahem, alternative take on the Ballard/Vokoun footage. [American Hockey Fan]

• The six things we learned about the Chicago Blackhawks after their circus trip. No. 4: "Cristobal Huet Might Finally Have This Goalie Thing Figured Out." [The Hockey Writers]

• Finally, thanks to Puck Buddies Kris and Dominick for this commercial featuring Niklas Hjalmarsson(notes) of the Chicago Blackhawks at an IKEA. Meatball!

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