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Puck Headlines: Those 'NHL back to ESPN' rumors? Not so fast my friend

Sean Leahy
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Here are your Evening 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.

NOTE: On Monday, Puck Daddy will return to normal posting as Wyshynski returns from his vacation. Be prepared, as it's been a few days since we've had something about the Washington Capitals, Sidney Crosby, or Martin Brodeur. Thanks as always for reading and participating.

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-So, those NHL-to-ESPN rumors that recently came out: not true according to someone that actually works for the WWL. You would have thought ESPN would have been contacted before the rumors first came out, but that would require using an actual quote. (Fanhouse)

-An interview with legendary Hall of Fame coach of the junior hockey coach Brian Kilrea of the Ottawa 67's, who will be retiring this season after 32 years behind the bench. (CBC)

-Kevin Paul Dupont speculates on the future salary cap and the possible concessions that NHL players might have to concede. (Boston Globe)

-Someone in NHL.com's headline creating department might want to double check that definition on "gras". (The Flyer Frequent)

-Earlier this week we promoted the need for a nickname for Kamil Kreps. Today, Rudy Kelly from Battle of California is in need of suggestions for a nickname for Wayne Simmonds. (BoC)

-Scotty Hockey finds it in the goodness of his heart to applaud the Montreal fans that gave Martin Brodeur a standing ovation last night after he tied Patrick Roy's record of 551 wins. (Scotty Hockey)

-Dustin Byfuglien not gaining any fans this season and now has his own "How-to" guide. (Second City Hockey)

-The headache that is Wade Redden's contract with the New York Rangers still has five years of complaining left. (NY Post)

-Mike Keenan puts the blame on himself for starting Miikka Kiprusoff last night in Calgary's disastrous 8-6 loss in Toronto. (Calgary Sun)

-Don Cherry gets in the spirit of things and dresses up for St. Patrick's Day.:

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-Chicago's Kris Versteeg has his own set of "Chuck Norris Facts". Read some of them here. H/T to Mickey for emailing that in. (Chicago Tribune)

-What's motivating the Vancouver Canucks during their current hot streak? Last year's nightmarish collapse. (Vancouver Province)

-"Brian Burke" (emphasis on the quotes) tweet of the day: "Just talked to Steve Simmons. He actually says ‘dot dot dot' between each sentence." (Twitter)

-Finally, here's a fight between Florida's Ville Peltonen and Tampa Bay's Evgeny Artyukhin. You can tell Artyukhin was holding back at first, given the fact that he has about six inches and over 70 pounds on Peltonen, but finally make his point quickly in five punches:

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