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Puck Headlines: Toews injury update; Crosby already has a point today; Stars’ St. Patrick’s Day jerseys

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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Panthers hair (Reddit)

• Via Reddit Hockey, this Florida Panthers fan is sporting some incredible hair. Here's another photo. But there's no way in the world this is the best picture of this dude that's out there. If you saw him (or if you are him), we want to hear from you.

• Even on off-days, Sidney Crosby picks up points. The Penguins' centre has been awarded an extra assist on Pascal Dupuis's 5-2 goal. [Elliotte Friedman]

• Bad news for the St. Louis Blues: Andy McDonald has been listed as week-to-week. Good news: He's expected to be ready for the playoffs. [JP Rutherford]

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• Be sure to check out this gallery of the Dallas Stars' St. Patrick's Day warmup jerseys. Mike Ribeiro's "McRibs" jersey is especially inspired. [Facebook]

• Jonathan Toews's recovery from upper-body injury has suffered a setback of some sort. Joel Quenneville, on whether the Blackhawks expect Toews back before the playoffs: "Well, let's hope so. That'd be great." That doesn't sound promising. [NHL]

• Adrian Dater on what the loser point is doing to hockey in the stretch run. Hint: it's not turning it awesome. [SI]

• After three seasons, the Florida Panthers will be retiring their blue third jerseys because it's already attracted the sponsor they allegedly wanted and Dale Tallon hated it. [Miami Herald]

• Bourne, on the Bruins 'punk test', and the ramifications of Milan Lucic running Ryan Miller: "And so, every game became a playoff game for the Bruins. A knock-down, drag-out playoff game. Whether Boston won most of the physical confrontations or not, they've been forced to engage more than any other team in the NHL this season, and that's only fair — they made their bed, they chose their style." [Backhand Shelf]

• Is Brendan Shanahan GM material? [USA Today]

• Cory Schneider, on his expected workload: "If I went in [Saturday] and played one game, then came out again, I wouldn't be surprised," Schneider said. "But if I went in and played a good game and got to play the next two or three, I wouldn't be surprised, either. I think I've learned this year to be ready." [Vancouver Sun]

• Looking at the emotional impact of concussions. [Times-Colonist]

• Meanwhile, in records I wish we weren't keeping, Ilya Kovalchuk set the NHL single-season record Thursday night with his 7th NHL shootout winner. [Kukla's Korner]

• Calgary Flames fans are drooling over emergency callup Sven Baertschi. [The Globe & Mail]

• Kerry Fraser thinks Tuomu Ruutu's injurious run-in with Andy McDonald should have been a minor penalty for slashing. [TSN]

• Cool story on Herb Carnegie, who never got the NHL chance he deserved because of racial discrimination. "In the late 1930s, after watching Carnegie play hockey, Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe was said to have turned to those around him saying he would pay $10,000 'to anyone who could turn Carnegie white.'" [The Globe & Mail]

• The city of Glendale is paying $25 million to cover operating losses for the Phoenix Coyotes, which doesn't look good when the rate of violent crime has increased and the police and fire departments feel their budgets are being squeezed. [Eye on Hockey]

• If you could pick the next General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers, who would it be? One sign your fanbase doesn't much care for you: they're already looking to hire a replacement. [Edmonton Journal]

• I hate to alarm you, but: "With the current trends in planetary warming, in the next decade or so, it will become impossible to create an outdoor rink in a large part of Canada without some form of mechanical refrigeration." [Cottage Country Now]


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