Vigneault is Sinatra; Doughty is Lidstrom; local mayor is just like you (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney

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.

• These sew-on player patches from the 1970s NHL are pretty excellent. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• On the anniversary of his dismissal from the Canucks, Alain Vigneault feels like Frank Sinatra, in that he did it his way. [ESPN]

Anze Kopitar throws a little love Drew Doughty's way: "I’ve been saying this a couple years now, he’s our Nick Lidstrom. We all know what he did in Detroit for many, many years. I think Drew likes the big stage, obviously. He likes these types of games. He gets very emotional. I guess if you draw a line underneath that, he just brings his game to the next level at this time of year and these type of games." [LA Kings Insider]

• The LA Kings have gone too far. Now they're mocking deep dish pizza. [SB Nation]

• You're never going to believe this, but the mayors of LA and Chicago have a bet going. Shocking! It's almost as if these friendly bets -- usually for beers, or pizzas, or something frivolous -- make them look playful and human and connected to the things commoners like, like sports, and it would be downright foolish not to partake in them as a local politician. [LA Times]

• How long can the Kings and Blackhawks stay atop the Western Conference? [Grantland]

• The Canadiens aren't on life support yet. But if they lose Game 3, well, yeah, then they totally are. [Montreal Gazette]

• The Boston model is a myth. But the Canucks still made a good hire in Jim Benning. [PITB]

• How Warrior Hockey is helping bring the sport to South Korea. [Dave Cunning]

• Re-signing Brayden Schenn is Philadelphia's first priority. [CSN Philly]

• The Bruins may not bring back Shawn Thornton. It's going to be hilarious when people blame the water bottle squirt, instead of blaming the fact that he's just not a very good hockey player. [PHT]

• The Islanders traded either a 2014 or 2015 first-rounder to the Sabres for Thomas Vanek. Considering they didn't make the playoffs this year and hope to do so next year, they'll be retaining their selection in the 2014 draft. [Islanders

• Speaking of the draft and trades, Jim Nill thinks the draft is going to have a lot of moves. [USA Today]

• The Kings and Blackhawks, in Mad Men-style art. [Hockey-Art]

• Alaska-Fairbanks defenseman Justin Woods has been diagnosed with cancer, according to a release from the team. [SBN College Hockey]

• Shoulder surgeries for all the defensive prospects in Pittsburgh! Olli Maatta has undergone a procedure, and so has top prospect Derrick Pouliot. [TribLive]  

• The NHL has won Sports League of the Year! Suck on that, Arena Football! [Sports Business Daily]

• The host team is out at the Memorial Cup, which means it's a buyer's market for tickets to some pretty good junior hockey in London, Ontario. [Buzzing the Net]

• Here's your annual reminder that Jonathan Quick is both magic and lucky: