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Sports media goofs on LA Kings again; scary Ovechkin collision; Flyers owner on Bryz (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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• You know Los Angeles media, one more screw up like this and the NHL will retroactively award the Stanley Cup to a Canadian team or, worse yet, the Ducks. [@BaileyLAKings]

• That said, we’re sure the Chicago media was just trollin’ here. [Deadspin]

Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider on Ilya Bryzgalov: “I think we're in good shape in goal. I have a lot of faith in Bryzgalov. I think he'll do a real good job for us. I'm not concerned. I think a lot of his problems had to do with the different style we played as opposed to Phoenix, and I really believe we'll probably tighten it up a bit to help him out. And I think he's a damn good goalie." [Philly.com]

• In praise of Twitter comedian Roberto Luongo. [Vancouver Sun]

• TSN looks at the top rookies, including “Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis - The 16th overall pick in 2010, Tarasenko is a sturdy and skilled winger; strong enough to win battles down low and along the boards, but deft enough to create and finish plays in the offensive zone. He scored 14 goals and 31 points in 31 KHL games this season and is slated to start the year with Alex Steen and Andy McDonald in St. Louis. A defensive coach like Ken Hitchcock can be hard on rookies, but Tarasenko's two-way game shouldn't inhibit his opportunities to produce right out of the gate.” [TSN]

• What, the lockout’s over? Must be time to hate the Leafs again. [Vice, via Wayne]

• The NHL season’s top 10 storylines. [Hockey Writers]

• American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews announced today that the league’s Board of Governors has voted to discontinue to the current test of AHL Rule 82 (“Icing”), effective Friday, January 18. “We believe that 564 games has been a sufficient test period for ‘hybrid icing’ and that the application of the rule has been positive for the most part,” said Andrews. “But because we have more than 300 players recalled to the National Hockey League each season, it is our view that these players should have the benefit of a consistent application of the icing rule in both the AHL and NHL.”

• How a high school hockey player’s “fettuccine alfredo” swag made him an Internet star. [Patch]

• Awesome take down of a stupid anti-Evgeni Malkin column. [Pensblog]

• Kevin Westgarth is thrilled to be “home” in Raleigh. [WRAL]

• “George Gund III, the man responsible for bringing pro hockey to San Jose as the original owner of the Sharks, died Tuesday in Palm Springs.” [Mercury News]

• An accelerated buyout is the right thing to do, says Habs Eyes on the Prize about Scott Gomez. [HEotP]

• Condolences to Jiri Hudler and his family, as his father passed away at just 50 years old. [Flames]

• Thomas Hickey joins the New York Islanders. [HockeyFights]

• Why Chris Drury and Danny Briere deserve the grudging respect of Buffalo Sabres fans. [Polished Pucks]

• The Minnesota Wild attempt to capitalize on their free agent “WOW” factor. [Pioneer Press]

• On Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild first line: “It is one of the worst kept secrets regarding the Wild this season that he will be an anchor on the first line with Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley. Heatley performs best when he is being fed the puck, and both Koivu and Parise like to pass. The likely scenario is that with another solid 1st line player, Heatley’s numbers should increase significantly. As long as Koivu can starve off the injury bug, his numbers should be doubled, or even tripled.” [Wild]

• Jordan Eberle gets the alternate captaincy for the Edmonton Oilers. [Rant Sports]

• Finally, scary scene involving Alex Ovechkin skating into Marcus Johansson today. Ovi left with a bloody mouth:

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