Tue Aug 24 02:29pm EDT
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.
• Owen Nolan(notes) is working out with members of the San Jose Sharks and says he wants to play another two years in the NHL. Here's a solid piece from Fear The Fin that argues the Sharks should bring Nolan back: "The prospective addition of Nolan reminds me somewhat of the addition of Jeremy Roenick(notes) just a few years ago. Doug Wilson doesn't have a problem bringing on older players if he feels that they can add to the team. Nolan definitely can, and although his addition would come at the expense of playing time for a young forward, he's no slouch." [FTF]
• Anaheim Ducks forward Joffrey Lupul(notes) is expected to miss the start of the NHL season with the reoccurrence of a blood infection in his back. Said Lupul: "I haven't played hockey in a long time. I was hoping to be ready on day one of camp. But now my focus has changed. I want to get rid of this." [OC Register]
• Jewels From The Crown on the Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) negotiations with the New Jersey Devils: "I said previously that if Kovalchuk were willing to come down to around $91MM (from $102MM) -- or if Lamoriello were willing to take a $7.5MM-8MM cap hit -- it would be easy to make a deal. The fact that there is no deal means that someone is not willing to compromise." [JFTC]
• Fascinating glimpse at the Edmonton Oilers' interconnected conundrum with Sam Gagner(notes), Andrew Cogliano(notes) and Sheldon Souray(notes). GM Steve Tambellini on Souray: ""I don't know if this is a similar situation to Ottawa's with Heatley ... all I know is it's not the best possible position to be in." [Vancouver Sun]
• The rugged Aaron Ward(notes), a three-time Stanley Cup champion, is retiring after 839 NHL games. Originally drafted by your late, great Winnipeg Jets way back in 1991. Scott Walker(notes) feverishly searches for another sucker-punching bag. [Ottawa Citizen]
• Remember that completely random video of Alex Radulov being interviewed in Italy the other day? Dirk Hoag gets to the bottom of it. [On The Forecheck]
• Mike Chen with a nice "For Dummies" post with Behind The Net stats guru Gabe Desjardins. CORSI! [From The Rink]
• BREAKING: Carrie Underwood Poses With Fan in Storm Jersey. [USHL]
• Really nice offseason chat with Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood(notes), who talks about a number of topics including the changing of the guard in Motown: "Partially, it's different in Detroit; all of the players are like that. All of the older guys have brought along younger guys, and that is just the way it went, in this organization. Tim Cheveldae, Bob Essensa and Vinnie Riendeau and Vernie (Mike Vernon) were probably the guys who were most influential for me. I don't know any other way, really. It's just the way I've always been taught. You don't enjoy not playing. But I did enjoy playing with Howie. I did have fun with that. As the season progressed, I felt I was getting better at that." [Detroit News, via Kukla]
• The winners and losers in NHL "Hockeynomics." [Mile High Hockey]
• FYI: NHL 2K11 is the first officially licensed NHL game for the iPhone and the iPod Touch.
• Finally, good stuff from Philadelphia Flyers Coach Peter Laviolette, from the World Hockey Summit, talking about physical play in lower levels of hockey and telling a funny story about his own kids: