Puck Headlines: Winnipeg updates; Hitchcock to talk to Wild

Sean Leahy

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.

• Via the Puck Daddy Facebook page, Antti Wennstrom gives us the view, in LEGO form, of Pasi Nurminen before his fall into the IIHF world championship trophy.

BREAKING: Per Katie Strang of Newsday, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner has ruled Derek Boogaard's death accidental caused from "mixed alcohol and oxycodone toxicity".

UPDATE: Wysh is away for the weekend, but Puck Daddy Radio lives on as Pizzo and Troy White hold down the fort. You can listen to today's show here featuring Jim Hughson of CBC.

• While still yet official, Winnipeg's mayor Sam Katz says it's only "a matter of time" before the deal is finalized. [Winnipeg Free Press]

• Optimism is at an all-time high in Winnipeg. [National Post via CBC]

• Why Gary Bettman wants to put the hurt on the Atlanta Spirit ownership group as the Thrashers-to-Winnipeg deal continues on. [AJC]

• The planned Select-a-Seat event for Atlanta Thrashers fans will go on as scheduled tomorrow. [@AJCThrashers]

• Down Goes Brown gives us the pros and cons for other often-mentioned cities when it comes to NHL relocation. "If Hamilton ever gets an NHL team then Toronto will want one too, according to the guy in the next cubicle who still says "Whazzup" and quotes dialogue from the Austin Powers movies." [DGB]

• If you missed this story about Dwayne Rolson and why he wears a shamrock on the back of his goalie mask, please get your tissues ready. [TBO]

• Do you wish you could see Guy Boucher's animated response to the Marc-Andre Bergeron penalty in .gif form? Today's your lucky day.

• After two high-scoring games, it was pretty nice to watch Boston and Tampa in a goaltending duel last night, right? [St. Pete Times]

• Patrice Bergeron returns and scoring settles down? Coincidence? Likely not. [CSN New England]

• San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan on Ben Eager's Game 2 performance: "He took penalties that he cannot take. Is he an asset or a liability? He was both last night. If we can limit the liability part, then we've got one heck of a player." [Globe & Mail]

• Actress Kim Cattrall. Canucks fan. [Canucks]

• Why Corey Crawford was the only real choice for Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. [Hockey Independent]

• The Pass It To Bulis boys examine 15 photos of Raffi Torres, like this one above: "his is far and away the most incredible headshot I've ever seen. The most curious element, to me, is that this was the shot they chose. How bad were the others? Did Raffi look as confused in all of them? Part of me wonders if, maybe, it was something Vinnik said just before snapping the pic, like: Say cheese, Raffi. It's possible Torres has never heard the expression before. Why would I do that?" [Vancouver Sun]

• Still looking for a new head coach, Michael Russo reports that the Columbus Blue Jackets have given permission for the Minnesota Wild to speak with Ken Hitchcock about their opening. [Star Tribune]

• Meanwhile, stud prospect Mikael Granlund will remain in Finland for another year. [Russo]

•Not hockey-related, but RIP "Macho Man" Randy Savage. [TMZ]

• College hockey in Fenway Park sounds like it's going to happen once again. UMass, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire are expected to take part next January. [Mass Live]

•Newly-signed Anaheim Duck Emerson Etem talks about his new three-year deal. [Long Beach Press-Telegram]

• Finally, if the Sharks fail to win the Stanley Cup this year, at least these three will still be able to sell you a comfy bed: