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.
• Oh, like Chicago could ever say goodbye to Patrick Kane. Here's Kaner at the Bulls' game last night, where he also threw T-shirts to the crowd.
• Oh crap Vinny Lecavalier will be out indefinitely with an upper-body injury. [Lightning Strikes]
• Oh good Ilya Bryzgalov is OK after taking a puck off the hand and will start for the Philadelphia Flyers … in Winnipeg. Awesome. [CSN Philly]
• Mike Ribeiro and Steve Ott both have years left on their contracts and are both the subject of trade rumors at the deadline. [ESPN Dallas]
• Bob McKenzie reports that Steve Downie is now a member of the Avalanche, with Kyle Quincey going the other way. [TSNBobMcKenzie]
• Bill Daly to Seattle station on the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes: "We are the owner of the team, and thus should know if and when we have a deal to sell the team. I have unequivocally denied (several times) that we have a deal with Jamison, (much less that the Board has approved him). I hope it gets done with Jamison, but there is a long way between here and there." [KING 5, via Henrik]
• The new NBC Sports Network is rating well with hockey and outdoor sports; but Darren Rovell's Feb. 10 show's "8,000 viewers tied for 2,452nd out of 2,544 telecasts on ad-supported national cable shows." [Awful Announcing]
• Another great Pittsburgh Penguins piece by Sean Conboy, this time with James Neal. Here's Neal on "not his girlfriend" but best bud Paul Martin and the criticism he receives: "It is frustrating. They give him such a hard time. Paulie goes out and does an unbelievable job every night. He does all the little things as a hockey player. Maybe he doesn't score much, but you have to think about what he does in his own end, how good of a stick he has and how hard he is to play against. If you really know hockey, you'll understand how smart and how skilled he is." [Pittsburgh Magazine]
• The CHL's Allen Americans will have Terrell Owens drop a puck at their game tonight, and in turn expect to have the first puck-drop celebration on the ice involving either pom-poms or a Sharpie (we assume). [Dallas Stars Blog]
• Alex Burrows has somehow made it to 500 games. And by "somehow" we mean "found chemistry with the Sedins." [Vancouver Sun]
• Jonathan Willis on hiring Pierre McGuire as an NHL GM: "Would I hire McGuire? Given his current resume, no. I think handing over the reins of an NHL team to a man who hasn't recently been deeply involved in running an NHL team is too great a risk." [Cult of Hockey]
• Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Colorado Avalanche will return from injury against the Kings on Wednesday. [All Things Avs]
• The Ducks announced today the club's season ticket pricing for the 2012-13 campaign. All ticket prices will either be reduced or remain flat. The average season ticket price will decrease 4.8%, with reductions ranging from 2% to 35% per ticket. In total, 40% of season ticket holders will see a reduction in price, with 60% remaining flat to this season. [Ducks]
• Well here's an interesting one: ESPN The Magazine has PK Subban address concerns raised by anonymous Internet posters on message boards like the HF Boards. On whether he's "too black" for the hockey establishment: "Everyone is going to have an opinion on what I'm being scrutinized for. There have been a lot of black players in the NHL. I don't want to be noticed for that -- I want to be noticed as being a good hockey player who can have a positive impact on his team. I hope to be a role model for kids of different ethnic backgrounds who want to play hockey." [ESPN]
• Finally, a trip down memory lane with Cliff Fletcher and Hal Gill at the 2008 NHL Trade Deadline.
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