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Selanne blasts Bettman; NHL players head to Europe; Trevor Gillies’ KHL fight (Puck Headlines)

Greg Wyshynski
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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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• The US women's Olympic gymnastics team are Anaheim Ducks fans, rocking their sweaters at a recent stop at the Pond. Oh, and NHL lockout? McKayla is not impressed. [LA Times]

• To the surprise of no one Joe Thornton and Rick Nash are headed to play for Davos in Switzerland, even though their reps both denied there was a deal in place in August to do so. [ESPN]

• Jeff Klein has a good roundup of other signings, including Ilya Kovalchuck in the KHL and Jaromir Jagr of the Dallas Stars for HC Kladno, the club he owns in the Czech Extraliga. Tomas Plekanec of the Canadiens and Jiri Tlusty of the Hurricanes will also skate for Klando. KLANDO! It's got electrolytes. [NYT]

• Which NHL teams are cashing in on your season tickets? [Days of Y'Orr]

• Anze Kopitar is "mulling" his next move to play during the lockout, studying the bylaws of several leagues to determine which one is most werewolf friendly. [LA Kings Insider]

• Francois Allaire quits the Toronto Maple Leafs with an incendiary farewell: "I didn't feel like I could do my job last year." [National Post]

• Teemu Selanne put Gary Bettman on blast in his Finnish language blog: "Gary Bettman has been the boss of the NHL for almost 20 years. He was hired to bring the salary cap and that is what he also did. 2 times there has been a threat of lockout during his reign and in both cases there has also been a lockout. So this is the third! He must be the most hated person in NHL. In every NHL arena he gets booed. The fans know! He makes over $8 million in a year. Would Mr Bettman be willing to give up his salary, and give a part of to these 'poor' teams? Hmm… interesting question." [MTV3]

• BOOKMARK THIS SHIZZ - The Elite Prospects NHL transfer tracker. You're welcome. [Elite Prospects]

• Blame Gary Bettman for the lockout! And Americans! But mostly Gary Bettman! [Jack Troll Todd]

• Jesse Spector believes Brendan Shanahan would be an ideal hockey czar. [Sporting News]

• Crazy contracts from the NHL's team, right before the lockout began. [THN]

• Here's Adrian Dater and Allan Muir trading barbs on the lockout. [SI]

• Which markets should the NHL eliminate? [Winging It]

• How will the NHL lockout affect NBC Sports Network? "Given that NBCSN's NHL ratings are so close to zero, it shouldn't be too hard for NBCSN to replace hockey audiences. When the NHL's post-season was cancelled in 2005, ESPN came up with a hodgepodge of fill-ins -- whose ratings were comparable to playoff hockey. But given NBCSN's long-term plan to get as least close to top-of-mind among sports viewers, this is a bad time to be throwing together a big dinner with leftovers." [USA TODAY]

• The 10 junior hockey bandwagons to board until the big leaguers come back. Dibs on the Chicoutimi Saguenéens! [Buzzing The Net]

• Here's today's Marek Vs. Wyshynski with Mathieu Schneider of the NHLPA, talking lockout. [Sportsnet]

• If all 30 teams used an amnesty clause … well, Phoenix probably wouldn't have a reason to use one, but here's what the rest of the league might do. [Backhand Shelf]

• Finally, that model of sportsmanship Trevor Gillies recently had this fight for Vityaz over in the KHL, wailing on his opponent as he dropped to his knees. Just keep your head up, Malkin.

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