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Sykora, Tallinder back for Devils; LA Kings desserts; Tambellini, Tallon extended (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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• These cupcakes come to us via Jesse Cohen, but if you know who made them, let us know. In the meantime: holy crap, the Dustin Penner cupcake is so spot-on it could be a passport photo. And if you ask me, Kopitar looks more like Justin Williams.

• Looks like Petr Sykora and Henrik Tallinder are back for the Devils in Game 4 because, like, what else are they going to do? [NHL]

• The real question heading into Wednesday's Game 4 isn't whether or not the Kings can close things out. It's whether or not Darryl Sutter will cry if they do. [LF Press]

• Martin Brodeur quietly and respectfully blames his teammates for the 0-3 hole: "I try to give these guys a chance to win. I've done that in the first three games. At the end of the day, it's hard to win games when you don't score many goals. I try to be perfect but the other guy is a little more perfect than me." [NJ]

• The Phoenix Coyotes are attempting to rebrand as the Arizona Coyotes. [Sportsnet]

• One thing that won't change for the Coyotes: their lack of profitability, according to this doomsday prophecy report. "A Republic analysis revealed that even if the Coyotes went to the Stanley Cup Finals for the next 20 seasons and the arena booked 30 sold-out concerts each year for the next 20 years, Glendale could still expect to lose about $9 million annually." [Arizona Republic]

• The Panthers have signed an extension with GM Dale Tallon, who built them a playoff team for the first time in years. [Panthers]

• The Oilers have signed an extension with GM Steve Tambellini, who, uh, recently won a lottery. It's always good to have lucky people around. [Oilers]

• Mike Knuble has been informed that the Capitals won't be bringing him back. It's really the first time in my career that I've been told by a team they don't want me back," said Knuble, "But it's not like I was blindsided." [Washington Post]

• Your daily reminder that the world is full of scumbags: someone broke into a room at a hockey arena in Ontario and stole an estimated $2,000 worth of hockey equipment set aside for needy kids. [Ottawa Citizen]

• Not to be outdone by the Kings' cupcakes above, Redditor MeatyMcSorley presents this 22-year-old photo in which he poses with a homemade, Kings-themed, TMNT birthday cake. [Reddit Hockey]

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• The Carolina Hurricanes did some front-office shuffling, with Ron Francis being promoted to VP of hockey operations, Rod Brind'Amour becoming a full-time assistant coach, and Tom Barrasso going from goaltending coach to pro scout. [News Observer]

• Great stuff on Mike Zigomanis's experience with the 2009-Cup winning Pittsburgh Penguins. "Let's be honest, I'll probably never be back there again," said Zigomanis. "I got pictures. I didn't know I was going to get my name on the Cup. I thought you had to play 60 games or the finals. But it's neither. If the team wants you on there, you're on there. So Mario Lemieux and [general manager] Ray Shero made an exception for me." [National Post]

• Steve Lepore asks if the Kings' adversity-free -- and, ergo, sexy drama-free -- run to the Final is making them bandwagon-resistant. [SB Nation]

• Jamie Benn was moved to center in 2011-12 and played much of the year in the middle. Is this his ideal role, or should he be moved back to wing? [Defending Big D]

• Here's a cool piece on the science of hockey ice. [Gizmodo]

• I am a sucker for sonnets, so I love, love, love this summary of Alexander Radulov's season. [Predlines]

• Darren McCarty's got protection orders against four former friends. [Toronto Star]

• One of the best things about the Stanley Cup being in the building is that someone always does a profile on the guy that babysits it. [The Record]

• And finally, Michel Therrien is a tough name to pronounce. Thankfully, runforthecube's got you covered:

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