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Todd Bertuzzi loses appeal; Brodeur vs. Roy; Shane Doan’s Skittles stick (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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Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes loves Skittles. They wanted to reward him for a great season since he's such a big fan. So they gave him a Skittles hockey stick.

• The final ratings for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final hit a five-year low. "NBC is currently averaging 2.9 million viewers through two Stanley Cup Finals games, their lowest average since the 2007." [SB Nation]

• The Los Angeles Kings have their shovels out for a sweep. [Sporting News]

• Looking at the New Jersey Devils' odds for a rally back from 3-0 … yeah, not so good. [NYT]

• Adrian Dater sparks the debate: "Martin Brodeur is a great goalie; a no-doubt, first-ballot Hall of Famer; the winningest regular-season netminder in NHL history. Here comes the but ... But Patrick Roy remains the best goalie ever." [Denver Post]

• Lawyers for Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks owners lose an appeal that would have kept the details of their financial arrangement secret — as in, the one they'll enact if Steve Moore wins his case against them. [Malik]

• The details on the Phoenix Coyotes deal with Glendale are out: "The agreement would have Glendale pay roughly $300 million in arena management fees to a group led by former San Jose Sharks chief executive Greg Jamison and another $24 million in capital funding over the course of the 20-year deal." [AZ Central]

• Will the Goldwater Institute stand in the way of this deal? [EJ Montini]

• This is just devastating news from Dominic Moore, on why he missed a few games of the San Jose Sharks' series against the St. Louis Blues: "Towards the end of the 2011-12 season, my wife, Katie, began feeling ill. We visited with local doctors, who suggested running a variety of tests to ascertain the cause of the issue. Ultimately, Katie was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer and it was recommended that she undergo surgery, which took place in California in April. While it was disappointing to not be able to compete with my Sharks teammates in the playoffs, my wife's condition and care come first and I want to thank the Sharks organization, my teammates and their families for the love and support that has been shown to Katie and I during this difficult time." [Sharks]

• The Dallas Stars sign someone called Christopher Nihlstorp. [Dallas Stars Blog]

• It appears Erik Christensen will take his talents to the KHL next season. [Hockey Wilderness]

• Some Winter Classic-related scheduling news. [NHL]

• The Ottawa Senators are going to part ways with Filip Kuba, despite the positive influence he had over Erik Karlsson. [Ottawa Sun]

• Famous people at the NHL Awards: Kevin Connolly ("Entourage"), Colin Hanks ("The Good Guys," "Dexter"), Joshua Jackson ("Fringe"), Cory Monteith ("Glee"), Matthew Perry ("Go On," "Friends"), Vince Vaughn ("The Watch," "Wedding Crashers," "The Break-Up"), Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews and Michael Vartan ("Hawthorne," "Alias") — all hockey fans — are scheduled to serve as presenters to honor the sport's best. The broadcast also will feature special appearances by actors Will Arnett ("Up All Night," "Arrested Development") and Tracy Morgan ("30 Rock") and director/writer/actor Kevin Smith ("Clerks," "Red State"). [NHL]

• The Puck Stops Here on the current NHL product: "The idea that the current NHL product has been damaged in the NHL's search to maximize profits is not one that can be seriously considered.  Hockey is fine they say.  If you don't like hockey stop writing about it.  What they don't see is the messenger loves hockey and is ashamed at the fact that this isn't the hockey it should be." [TPSH]

• Why do people who don't like hockey insist on writing about it? [Kings Win Cup]

• The top 10 saves of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. [Backhand Shelf]

• Why Michel Therrien is a stop-gap: "For now, though, the task of setting a new tone in Montreal falls to Therrien, known as a gruff taskmaster who will likely remove all the wattage from Subban's luminous smile as he implements his defense-minded game plan. Unfortunately, the problem with the Canadiens isn't their defense — Montreal was 11th overall in the league with a 2.61 goals-against average — but rather their offense (19th overall at an average of 2.52 goals-for per game). Unless Therrien has been spending his three years away from the league learning voodoo tricks and taser techniques to rejuvenate Gomez's offense or simply invigorate an underachiever such as Rene Bourque, he's not going to help them in the area they need it most." [THN]

• Health updates for Dan Cleary and Darren Helm. [Red Wings]

• The Calder Cup between Norfolk and Toronto will be on CBS Sports Network. [Lightning]

• Finally, the Norfolk Admirals are preparing to say goodbye to their beards. So naturally, they decided to spend a day at the beach with them. "Have you ever seen as excited a beard as that?"

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