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Puck Headlines: Tampa Bay management debating Vinny trade?

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Here are your Morning(-ish) Puck Headline: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

• Wasn't that whole "lifetime contract" thing supposed to end the annual Vincent Lecavalier trade rumors carnival? Darren Dreger of TSN reports that there is a tug of war going on in the Tampa Bay Lightning's front office as "some want the club to trade him and some don't want him to be traded." And hey, look: The Montreal Canadiens are mentioned as a possible destination. Seems like old times ... much more on this later. [TSN]

• Meanwhile, Pierre Lebrun of ESPN clarifies Vinny's no-movement clause and writes that more teams are calling the Bolts -- because of the perception of their financial woes -- than are being called by the Bolts. [ESPN]

• Huzzah! Due to the crappy economy and their own alleged infighting, the NHLPA is expected to vote to extend the current Collective Bargaining Agreement in the next few weeks. [Sports Business Journal]

Bobby Holik of the New Jersey Devils, on scoring a goal off of his face: "Luckily it was Mike Mottau shooting the puck ... he can't hurt a fly with that shot, so it's all good." [NHL]

• The Carolina Hurricanes are designing sandwiches for Harris Teeter supermarkets, and Carolina on Ice builds an impressive comedy pyramid. Our favorite: The "Johnny Grahame," which is "a bottle of Tequila sandwiched between two Hooters girls." [CoI]

Rick Nash has been placed on IR by the Columbus Blue Jackets with a lower body injury. Well ain't that a kick to the ... lower body. [Jackets]

• Denver Post writer Terry Frei pens a screed against the Blue Jackets' gossip about Adam Foote last season: "...the use of unnamed sources, likely with axes grinding, for much of the material undercuts the credibility." [Denver Post]

• The Blue Jackets have no desire to trade for Jason Spezza. [Puck-rakers]

• Brian Burke claims that most of the trade proposals he's received since taking over the Toronto Maple Leafs are simply "garbage." And with that, the Flames withdraw their offer of Andre Roy for Tomas Kaberle ... [Sun Media]

• Two gloomy views of the Phoenix Coyotes' future. Damien Cox examines how the franchise is thriving on the ice and failing economically off of it. [Toronto Star]

• Also, from The Puck Stops Here: "If Phoenix and a few other markets fail and the NHL wind up contracting, the league's economic picture will have changed significantly and they will be left with a failed CBA that cost the league a season to be implemented and did not offer the biggest gain it promised." [PSH]

• Ho-hum: The Detroit Red Wings are looking for their seventh straight win, having outscored their opponents 12-2 over the last three games. Good luck tonight, Dallas. [CBC]

• London Knights center John Tavares and Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman still remain the top two reasons why you want your slice of crap team to throw its season. [NHL]

• Really interesting dispatch from the New York Islanders, as Bryan Trottier and a delegation from the team went to Harbin, China for the Charles B. Wang Ice Hockey Project Hope Tournament. Blogs, photos, videos ... this is what an official site should be doing for its fans. [Islanders]

• Sad news from Europe: "The career of Robert Müller, the German goalie who played in his country's top league the last couple of seasons while undergoing treatment for an incurable brain tumor, may be over." [Slap Shots]

• Japers takes an interesting look at the Washington Capitals power play, and how fancy-pants play from certain star players has hurt more than helped. [Japers Rink]

• Hot blog on blog action: Analyzing and honoring Kukla's Korner. [Puck The Media]

• Could organized crime be trying to fix hockey matches? [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• Finally, the delightful Sarah Spain chats with Chicago Blackhawks road roommates Ben Eager and Dave Bolland about ... well, cuddling:

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