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TSN ‘Insiders’ to stay; Seguin posing for ‘Body Issue’; Grigorenko to play in WJC (Puck Headlines)

Sean Leahy
Puck Daddy

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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• Don't let the keytar fool you, Canadians, David Backes is still coming your way. [YouTube]

• A week after the new Canadian NHL TV deal raised questions as to the futures of some TSN talent comes word that Bob McKenzie, James Duthie and Darren Dreger have inked long-term extensions with the network. [Toronto Sports Media]

• It's been a few months, and with him finally being made whole by the NHL, let the "Wayne Gretzky to [insert team here]" rumors begin! [TSN]

• The next ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue will feature none other than Tyler Seguin. [Dallas Morning News]

• No Evgeni Malkin versus the Sharks tonight. He left during the Penguins' morning skate with what's being called an "lower-body" injury. [Tribune-Review]

• Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs would like to know if you can play center for them with the news that Tyler Bozak will be out "extended period of time" with an oblique injury. [Toronto Star]

• Sabres forward Mikhail Grigorenko will be loaned to Russia's World Junior team later this month. “I need to play. Everybody understands this.” [Olean Times Herald]

• "Markham city council dumped controversial arena promoter Graeme Roustan as a financial partner Wednesday night but declared it still wants to be the home of an NHL-ready arena." [Globe and Mail]

• If you didn't read George Parros on fighting, including his recount of his opening night fall against the Maple Leafs, do so. [ESPN]

• Now Darren Helm is injured for the Red Wings. If this keeps up any longer, Ken Holland will be recruiting players from their Winter Classic Alumni Game roster. [MLive]

• Bourne on fighters dropping the gloves for selfish reasons, not to help their team: "They can’t effectively play NHL-level hockey (while some of them are very good at hockey, most just aren’t useful at the top level), so, they have to fight to keep their NHL paychecks. They have to perpetuate the myth of The Defender of Good at every turn. And, being that they get so few shifts and aren’t useful unless they’re doing the facepunch flamenco, they owe it to one another to oblige. Help me keep my job and I’ll help you keep yours. Most of these guys are best friends off the ice." [Backhand Shelf]

• Not only is Scott Hartnell a hockey player, he's also adding children's author to his resume. [The Hockey Writers]

• Taking a ride in the wayback machine and looking at fantasy hockey values of players in 2004. [Dobber Hockey]

• Reacting to the Ducks-Kings Stadium Series jerseys, in Simpsons gif form. [The Royal Half]

• Who are the five most hated players in the NHL? [Pegasus News]

• Two shorthanded goals on one penalty kiss? Nice night for Mitch Holmberg of the Spokane Chiefs. [Buzzing the Net]

• Finally, if you're into live cams, here's Michigan Stadium as it preps for the Winter Classic:

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