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Summer Olympic hockey; Backstrom the victim; Callahan for St. Louis? (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney
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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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• Antti Raanta's Stadium Series mask is a tribute to legendary Blackhawks' goaltender Eddie Belfour. [Blackhawks]

• Here's an idea: hockey during the Summer Olympics, when it wouldn't disrupt the NHL? [Sherman Report]

• Will the NHL's trip to Sochi result in a ratings bump now that they're back at it? Probably not. [Sports Business Daily]

• How Nicklas Backstrom got screwed by the Olympic drug testing process. [ESPN]

• Ken Dryden on Canada's performance at the Olympics, which apparently shattered a stereotype that we're too nice to win. I don't recall this stereotype ever, but sure. [The Globe & Mail]

David Backes may not have left Sochi with a gold medal, but is he coming back, unsurprisingly, with dogs. [Yahoo]

• Pierre LeBrun sits down with Donald Fehr to talk about the NHLPA's desire to keep going to the Olympics. It includes this memorable exchange. Lebrun: "I know you hate hypotheticals..." Fehr: "Not only that, I don't answer them." [ESPN]

• The New York Rangers apparently offered Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Martin St Louis. No dice, they were told. [NY Post]

• Erik Karlsson says he'll be putting his Olympic silver medal up for sale on eBay. Is he kidding? [Ottawa Sun]

• Canada moves up to number three in the world in the men's hockey rankings after their gold medal win. Sweden and Finland continue to hold down the top spots. [IIHF]

• You won't believe this, but a lot of Canadians watched their men and women play the USA. A lot. [Hollywood Reporter]

• After delivering his second consecutive gold medal, Steve Yzerman will be stepping down as the executive director of Team Canada. [CTV News]

• Peter DeBoer on concerns about 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr being worn out after Sochi: "For sure. He got back (from Sochi) on Thursday, so we gave him Friday, Saturday, Sunday off. He’s back out here today. I’m probably more worried about him. When you speak to him about it, he sees it as a non-issue. His play seems to have backed that up. I think our schedule fits that it should help him. We’re not overloaded here the last 23 games, although we have six or seven back-to-backs left. You worry about him." [Star-Ledger]

As expected, Milan Hejduk has announced his retirement. [Avalanche]

• Jaroslav Halak will attempt to put the Slovakians' mediocre performance behind him as he prepares for a playoff run with the Blues. [Ikorac 10]

• Steve Ott could be one of the Sabres move at the trade deadline, but regardless of what happens, Buffalo still holds a big place in his heart, which is the sort of touching drivel you say during a breakup. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• Meet Tommy George, a Washington native who got the call to officiate in Sochi. [RMNB]

• Finally, enjoy this compilation of Canadians in Toronto -- who were allowed to drink, I remind you -- celebrating the gold medal. Best guy: "Don't play us in hockey. Don't do it."

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