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Surprising Lightning; Kaleta clears waivers; mascot gets attacked (Puck Headlines)

Sean Leahy
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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.

• A current NHL goaltender and a former one. Could a Darren Pang play today?

• No one is talking about the Atlantic Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. We should be talking more about the Atlantic Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. [ESPN]

Jason Pominville, Marc-Andre Fleury and Jason Chimera are your NHL Three Stars of the Week. [NHL]

• How Chris Chelios went from a beach bum to the Hockey Hall of Fame. [Yahoo]

• NBC announced their Winter Olympics television coverage with MSNBC and USA getting the bulk of hockey. [NBC]

• Despite being taken off on a stretcher Sunday afternoon, Ottawa Senators netminder Craig Anderson is said to have only a "stiff neck". He won't play Tuesday against Columbus. [Ottawa Sun]

Patrick Kaleta cleared waivers on Sunday and will report to Rochester of the AHL. [Bill Hoppe]

• Check out the Twitter feed of Mike Commodore, now playing in the KHL. He sure is no big fan of Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos. [@Commie22]

• Tyler Seguin isn't sure whether or not he'll be booed inside TD Garden when the Dallas Stars visit the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, but he's motivated to stick to the organization that dealt him over the summer. [Sportsnet]

• P.K. Subban has been oddly getting some stick this season. Who's to blame? How about Michel Therrien. [Montreal Gazette]

• Could Marc-Andre Fleury's play put him back on Team Canada's radar for Sochi? [Post-Gazette]

• John Tortorella on removing the instigator rule: “I think the players need to police themselves. When you put that instigator rule in and you’re using all this supplementary discipline and all this crap that comes after, it needs to be taken care of right on the ice. I don’t think you’ll have that stuff ... the hitting from behind and the cheap stuff." [Vancouver Sun]

• Marty the Marmot, a mascot of the year winner, was bodyslammed during a WHL game over the weekend. [Buzzing the Net]

• Remember Sergei Zholtok, nine years after his premature passing. [Hockey Wilderness]

• Loui Eriksson began skating again with the Bruins over the weekend and did confirm that John Scott reached out via text to apologize for his hit. [WEEI]

• Rich Clune responds to comments made by CBC's Gary Galley about Dustin Brown being a predator: "If I’m that guy’s producer, I would really question his knowledge of the players. I think there’s a couple of guys on that list, should they be thrown out of the league? No. He’s named guys who are all guys who are playing over 10 minutes a night, pretty much. Other than maybe [Zac] Rinaldo. So, I would fire [Galley] on the spot." [Mayor's Manor]

• Jon Sim is back in the game. The 36-year old Sim has reportedly signed a 25-game PTO with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. [CT Post]

• Hockey cards too expensive for you these days? What about ones featuring Canadian senators? [Edmonton Journal]

• Back in the game after a year away starting his own business, Las Vegas Wranglers forward Geoff Irwin is embracing his second chance. [Review Journal]

• Five surprises one month into the NHL season. [The Hockey Writers]

• Finally, need a left-handed winger? Curtis Granderson is available and he showed off his skills sinking a center ice shot during Sunday's Shoot the Puck game at the Blackhawks game:

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