Rangers’ tax dodge; Mike Danton’s Kazakhstan nightmare; wingers wanted (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney
January 27, 2014

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.

• It's so close, you guys. "Workers walk across the roof of the Bolshoy Ice Dome where the Ice Hockey will take place at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Park in the Costal Cluster."

• Why have the New York Rangers been designated as the road team for both games at Yankee Stadium? To avoid paying taxes. Seriously. [NY Times]

• What worked and what didn't at the outdoor game in Los Angeles. [Sunbelt Hockey]

• The Senators are looking for a scoring winger to play with Jason Spezza. [Senators Extra]

• And the Devils are seeking a left winger to play with Jaromir Jagr and Travis Zajac. I wonder if Ilya Kovalchuk or Zach Parise are available. [Star-Ledger]

• This might be Larry Robinson's final year behind the San Jose bench, or any bench, for that matter. [CSN Bay Area]

• According to Elliotte Friedman, Kevin Lowe tried to step down and Daryl Katz flatly rejected the offer. I maintain, the Oilers owner has an unhealthy addiction. [Copper & Blue]

• Mike Danton had a pretty terrible time in Kazakhstan. [Mike Danton]

• Jay Feaster has updated his LinkedIn page. [Bloguin]

• Kari Lehtonen, Gustav Nyquist, and Andrej Sekera are your three stars of the week. [NHL]

• Avery Stone is a hockey player at Amherst College standing up for gay rights. [Boston Globe]

• "Some hockey pundits believe Gary Bettman is the worst person to grace the game of hockey. Others feel Sean Avery should be at the forefront. Neither of these icons can hold a candle to Robert Alan Eagleson, Q.C., O.C.. If there was ever a tyrant, he was it." [The Hockey Writers]

• Kerry Fraser thinks Thomas Vanek's overtime goal that wasn't should have counted. [TSN]

• Donald Fehr on the relationship between the union and the league a year after the lockout: "I think the answer to that is 'professional.' I think it is direct. Hopefully it is maturing. There is a lot of ongoing communication between our offices as we attempt to complete the agreement and operate. … Hopefully that will continue to develop." [Metro]

• The Flyers have lost four straight, and if they don't get it turned around in a hurry, heads will roll. Or should. Maybe they won't. Either way it's frustrating. [Philly]

• The New York Islanders' reviled third jersey may finally be finished, and replaced by their stadium series duds. [Icethetics]

• Ryan Smyth now has as many power play goals as an Oiler as Wayne Gretzky, and is one away from tying the franchise mark set by Glenn Anderson. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• Travis Konecny of the Ottawa 67s is scoring a point per game at 16, which puts him in some elite company. [Buzzing the Net]

• The Montreal Canadiens are playing like a bunch of... alien zombies? Okay then. [Montreal Gazette]

• Finally, while we admire this cat's effort, he's clearly not cut out for this. Marvin, you are the Ondrej Pavelec of cats.